Eastern Music Workshop

Eastern Music Workshop

July 6-11


Coordinator: Achilles Tigas

Guest Orchestra: The Eastern Music Orchestra K.E.M.F.A. of the Greek Music Center "Phoebus Anogeianakis"


As Ottoman music is governed by a rich tradition, this workshop will focus on Istanbul's vocal and instrumental music from the 18th to the 20th century, secular and religious. In the sessions - which intend to approach this classical repertoire from a modern point of view, while highlighting the oriental melody with a typical orchestra of similar musical instruments - the boundaries between tropicality and the combination of improvisation will be approached.

At the same time, the project aims to detect elements of admixture of oriental music with folk traditions that are placed temporally and spatially closer to our place and time. The communication networks and the musical influences of the tropics of the Eastern Mediterranean that they bring about are thus perceived as a legacy in an ever-renewing musical tradition.