Watch a brief video clip of the concert here. The concert was a big success. One attendee commented:
"I thoroughly enjoyed last night’s Dolunay concert. Kudos to The Markaz and your Musical Director Alfred Madain for lately arranging so much Turkish music. I have visited Turkey regularly for more than 20 years, and lived there for 3. My iPod has more than 6,000 Turkish music pieces in a variety of musical genres. Due to your promotion of the concert as 'Brooklyn-infused Turkish music,' I was sort of expecting it to be a kind of hybrid music (which, frankly, I’m generally not fond of because I feel such attempts are usually not musically successful). So imagine my delight when the repertoire was made up of Turku, original contemporary songs, and classically-based instrumental pieces. The program and the musicians were fantastic. In fact I bought the CD, which I love." —Walter
The Markaz's music director, Alfred Madain, has specially selected Turkish-Rumeli ensemble Dolunay to play a unique Los Angeles performance. The concert features Jenny Luna on vocals and percussion, Adam Good on oud and tambura, and Eylem Basaldi on violin. The concert takes place at the classic L.A. bookstore, Chevalier's, in the Larchmont district, on Thursday, July 7th. The cover on this concert is only $15 when you reserve in advance ($20 at the door). Doors open 6:00 pm, café and bookstore available.
Reserve in advance by purchasing tickets online below. Also available at the door, Chevalier's Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., LA 90004 (located between Beverly Blvd. and 3rd St., street parking available).
This concert is sponsored in part by Spirit Quest Tours, leading a group on a tour of mystical Morocco, Oct. 17-27 2016, and in particular to the Sufi Festival of Fez.
RSVPs strongly suggested as seating is limited. Reserve online below, or call 310.402.8866.
More About Dolunay
With a musical vision that is at once ethereal and grounded, Dolunay flirts with the soundscape of the ancient Ottomans, tracing its migration through Balkan villages, coaxing it across seas and oceans, and grafting it onto a Brooklyn-based backdrop. The trio infuses classic and contemporary traditions with an urban grit that can only be found in New York City’s confluence of musical and cultural forces. With an array of original compositions offered alongside renditions of Turkish and Rumeli standards, the music of Dolunay (Turkish for “full moon”) offers listeners an escape from the press of city life. By the light of the moon, bits of the Rumeli soul mingle with the diverse musical and linguistic influences of members Eylem Basaldi, Adam Good, and Jenny Luna to create a sound world that is uniquely New York. Dolunay on Facebook.
Since 2012, Dolunay has lured audiences with an approach to Turkish and Rumeli musical traditions that pays homage to the diverse musical roots of the Balkan region. Rumeli, a term encompassing the diverse landscapes of Southeastern Europe once under Ottoman influence, evokes a musical mosaic that is enriched by centuries of cultural encounters that traverse the boundary between East and West. Dolunay continues this tradition of musical alchemy as they share their unique interpretations of these works with modern audiences. The music is based in a system of musical modes known as makam, and features songs about people’s homes, their families and lovers, their villages, and overcoming life’s familiar challenges—aspects of everyday life that create a sense of identity against the backdrop of history and the sweep of the mountains.
Dolunay’s first CD, Our House, released in 2015, has been characterized by New York Music Daily as an innovative and evocative approach to the music of the Balkans: “Bracing Middle Eastern modes, eerie chromatics and minor keys rise and fall, sometimes into a gentle, jangly backdrop.” The group skillfully negotiates the complexities of a microtonal framework with ornaments and rhythms as diverse as the regions they pull from.
Dolunay performs regularly at Brooklyn venues Barbés and Jalopy, and has been featured at Golden Festival NYC, Maqam Fest NYC, Make Music New York, EEFC Balkan Music and Dance Workshops, the American Folk Art Museum, Boston Balkan Music Night, and Club Passim. They have offered makam and song workshops at Bard College and the Rhody Center for World Music and Dance.
- July 07, 2016 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm
- Chevalier's Books, 126 N N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90004
- $15.00 USD
- 14 people are going