SOAS Concert Series: Huseyin Kaplan & Dursun Can Cakin
The Mysticism of Anatolian & Alevi Folk Music
The bağlama or saz (a plucked folk lute) is considered to be an emblem of Anatolian culture. The name comes from the Turkish "bağlamak", “to tie”, referring to the frets tied to the neck of the instrument. Alevism is a belief system found mainly in Anatolia, parts of the Balkans and Central Asia. Alevi religious services, known as cem, include spiritual exercises incorporating elements of değiş and semah (ritual dance). Both are accompanied by sung mystical poetry and the bağlama. In this concert, Huseyin Kaplan and Dursun Can Cakin (both senior students of the Turkish bağlama master, Erol Parlak) will be joined by an ensemble performing traditional music from Anatolian and Alevi değiş folk music.
Recommended donation: £3.
Please note that venue capacity is limited and making this donation online guarantees that you will be allocated a seat for the concert. Remaining seats on the night will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
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