Bolat will present music, poetry, Sufi mystic stories and images from Turkey during the program. He performs Turkish folk music and devotional Sufi songs called the Ilahi and Nefes, from the Anatolian peninsula. The lyrics of Ilahis or Nefeses are taken largely from the 13th century mystical poets Rumi and Yunus Emre. His program also includes traditional Turkish folk songs as well as ballads he has composed. Throughout the program, images of Turkish people and scenery will be reflected on screen.
One of the most well-known Turkish musicians in the United States, Bolat has a vast repertoire, ranging from Sufi devotional songs and Turkish folk music to classical pieces. His performances draw on ancient texts and employ traditional instrumentation such as the baglama (long-necked lute) and he is often accompanied by other traditional Turkish instruments such as the oud, bendir and ney flute.
Bolat was born in the Mediterranean Turkish city of Mersin, but now lives in the U.S. He studied western classical music at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey. He is an ethnomusicologist and musical director of the Mevlevi Association of America and has become one of the world?s finest practitioners of the broad spectrum of Turkish sacred and secular music.
Bolat has performed in the U.S., Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Indonesia and Turkey.
The performance is free to the public and sponsored by the Linfield International Programs Office and the Department of Music. For more information on the event contact the International Programs Office, 503-883-2222.