Small World – Big Ears
Mon, Apr 23rd: Qawsaan & Bolahenk Trio
Mon, Jun 25th: Voci Angelica Trio & Esthema
Qawsaan (two bows) is a contemporary string duo hailing from the Middle East featuring the violin and the cello in an approach that has never been heard before.
Palestinian cellist Naseem Alatrash and Iraqi/Jordanian violinist Layth Sidiq are graduates of Berklee College of Music and have been playing together for more than 10 years! They have toured the world together, playing in orchestras and chamber ensembles and right now, as a duo. Their aim is to use the exciting combination of violin/cello and combine different styles of music, shattering stylistic stereotypes through improvisation, original compositions and arrangements.
”Bringing Layth and Naseem together on stage results in a passionate performance that combines deep musical traditional influenced by Arabic and Western classical music and contemporary jazz, in an association which highlights their unique instrumental skills. Their music is an exceptional experience for any listener.”
(Berklee Mediterranean Institute)
Classical, Folk and Dance Music From Where the Sun Rises
Anatolia, derives from the Greek word anatolḗ, which means ‘where the sun rises’. Bolahenk Trio will be presenting classical, folk and dance music from Anatolia, modern day Turkey.
Raised in the Western classical music tradition, Ceren Türkmenoğlu is a violinist who is always aiming to engage other genres of music as much as possible in her repertoire and expand her musical language with the music of other traditions, especially her own, Turkish Classical Music. She has been a member of Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra in Turkey and since January 2017 she enjoys continuing her performances in Boston as a recitalist, chamber and orchestra musician both in classical music and Turkish traditional music.
Efe performed with various Turkish Music Ensembles in Washington, DC and Chicago before moving to Boston. He performs with Orkestra Marhaba and he is also a member of Cambridge Musiki Cemiyeti, where he studies various forms of Ottoman music as well as traditional instruments such as tanbur, kemençe and ney.
MICHAEL K. HARRIST
Performs and works with artists in a wide array of world traditions including Turkish art music, Hindustani music, Jazz, Western art music and American roots music. He has performed throughout North America, Europe and Turkey with various ensembles including Ameranouche, Cesni Trio, Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma, Sol & Kiel, Capillary Action and the Labyrinth Modal Music Orchestra. Michael teaches workshops and private lessons in world music traditions (primarily Turkish makam and Hindustani raga), monophonic and polyphonic composition and instrumental practice and performance. Michael studied double bass with James Macdonald at the Open Music Collective in Brattleboro, VT. He received his BA in music and religion from Marlboro College under the tutelage of composer Stan Charkey and religion scholar Amer Latif. Michael continues his studies with composer W. A. Mathieu, sarangiya Pandit Ramesh Mishra, sarodiya George Ruckert, neyzen Fred Stubbs, and contemporary modal musicians Ross Daly and Evgenios Voulgaris.
“Esthema is a Boston-based ensemble composed of virtuoso musicians that defy musical boundaries,” writes Angel Romero in Progressive Rock Central (Sept 2014). A progressive music ensemble hailing from Boston, MA (USA), Esthema has been creating their unique sound since 2006 by fusing progressive rock and jazz-fusion with the sounds of the traditional music of the Balkan region and the Near & Middle East. The musicians that shape the sound of Esthema bring together both western and eastern influences, instruments, and concepts creating a musical tapestry that transcends musical genres and cultures.
Voci Angelica Trio
Voci Angelica Trio is an international band with members hailing from three continents. Listeners describe the music as “a haute folk sound that mesmerizes and enthralls,” where each note “sears itself into a goosebump on your arm.”
Straddling the genres of world folk and classical music, the trio creates an ambitious blend of cultures, reinvigorating traditional songs for contemporary audiences. Vocal harmonies elegantly intertwine with lush cello lines and percussion to create a musical fusion that transcends political and geographic borders.
The trio’s self-titled EP and second album, “Taking Flight: Live from Japan,” both invite listeners to journey through unfamiliar musical landscapes. As Voci continues to unearth musical gems, its musicians have become more attentive to the current situations in the diverse countries they explore. Live performances are a celebration of the group’s cultural wayfaring, showcasing the differences and similarities of our shared humanity. In 2017, the trio joined the roster of the Boston Celebrity Series Neighborhood Arts Program which presents free concerts for local communities. In 2013, the trio won an Iguana Music Fund grant from Club Passim to purchase a sound system for their school educational program with Young Audiences of Massachusetts. Voci Angelica’s mission has also led to the USA’s East Coast, Midwest and Southern regions; Canada; Japan; and South Korea.
Jodi Hitzhusen, voice/percussion
Meena Malik, voice/percussion
Aristides Rivas, cello