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"Music Meetings from East to West" in Warsaw

28.03.2017 1197 Okunma Sayısı

An event organized jointly by Warsaw Yunus Emre Enstitüsü and the Warsaw Royal Castle, "Music Meetings from East to West" was held on March 23rd, 2017.

Guests of the event included Turkish Ambassador to Warsaw Tunç Üğdül and embassy personnel, Polish Ministry of Development Kazimierz Cwalina, Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director of the Consular Section Miroslaw Stawski, Polish Institute of International Relations Director of Chancellery Department Katarzyna Rawska Gorecka, Director of Gülermak Company Mustafa Tunçer, principles of high schools that participated in “Turkish as an Elective Course” and “Turkish as a Mandatory Language” projects conducted by Yunus Emre Enstitüsü in Warsaw, diplomats of American Embassy, businessmen, academicians, and a large number of art lovers.

Deputy Director of Warsaw Royal Palace Ziemowit Kozminski stated that in addition to numerous culture-arts and academical events organized jointly by Yunus Emre Enstitüsü and the Castle, the cooperation will be maintained in various areas as economy, cinema, trade and history, and expressed his satisfaction with this cooperation. Kozminski underlined that relations between Turkey and Poland continue to grow stronger each day, and marked that organizing these activities would be difficult without Yunus Emre Enstitüsü.

Yunus Emre Enstitüsü Warsaw Director Assoc. Dr. Öztürk Emiroğlu underlined the following in concert's opening speech:

"Anatolian region is a treasure for the world music culture. Because it is also possible to find musics of different tribes living in this region alongside Turks in the diversity of contemporary Anatolian Turkish music. Türkü (folk song) is the term for the special, unique melody Turks sang in Turkish history B.C. That is to say that Turks sing “türkü”. But Turks also have music genres as palace music, Sufi music, pop, jazz and rock. Tonight we will listen to folk songs. But in a different style. We will listen to songs performed by "kopuz" that came to Anatolia from Central Asia, "bağlama / saz" that is the main instrument of folk music that developed in Anatolia, and the Western instruments played by German musicians, namely symphonic folk songs. Despite all negative events in the world, let Turks sing türkü performed by Berlin, Warsaw, Vienna orchestras. Let melodies of other nations be performed in such organizations in an atmosphere of friendship and fraternity so that the bridges of communication remain open through the power of music and art. Let the songs be performed from heart to heart."

Speaking after Emiroğlu, Terlan Akkaya said, "With the Music Project From East to West, many polyphonic arrangements are performed by preserving the diversity of Turkish culture and music, its rhythmic wealth, lyrical depth, traditional tone and emotion. The concert repertoire contains all colours of Anatolian music from Zeybek to Gazel, from Türkü to Hoyrat.”

Çanakkale Türküsü was performed for a second time after guests stood in ovation for musicians and requested for songs' repetition. Muzaffer Ertürk who made a speech at the end of the concert, emphasized the long-standing relations between Turkey and Poland, and that these continue to grow stronger each day, and thanked Yunus Emre Enstitüsü for organizing such an event.

The program ended after flowers were presented and a cocktail was held for guests.