Journeys in Sound Presents:Mierliţa – Fiery Fiddle Music from Romania, plus Ceren Türkmenoğlu & Volkan Efe

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Date(s) - Fri. Mar. 02, 2018
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm



Mierlița (mir-LEE-tza) plays traditional Romanian music in the style of the Lautari, a class of wedding musicians that were originally a caste of the Roma people. The captivating sound of muzica lautareasca inspired violinists Jonathan Cannon and Abigale Reisman to travel to Chișinău (KI-shi-nau), where they studied with Marin Bunea, concertmaster of the Moldovan Presidential Orchestra and fifth-generation Lautar. On their return, they recruited guitarist Sasha Kern and bassist Kirsten Lamb, who draw on their jazz backgrounds to play off the traditional swingy Lautari sound.

”Mierlița” is Romanian for “little blackbird.” It comes from the name of a famous Romanian song, “Mierlița Cand e Bolnava,” whose melody is featured in the track “Lessons with Birds.”

MIerlita are …

Abigale Reisman – violin, Jonathan Cannon – violin
Kirsten Lamb – upright bass & Sasha Kern – guitar

A classically trained violinist from Ankara, Turkey, Ceren Türkmenoğlu has a strong interest in music from around the world, In addition to performing at classical music events, Ceren also explores various other forms of music from her own country and beyond. She recently performed to a full house at the MIT Chapel on a program titled Music of Ottoman-Turkish Women Composers where she did works of numerous influential women composers dating from 17th century to present. She has lived in the Boston area for just over a year now and is currently a Graduate Assistant at the Longy School of Music where she studies with violinist Jesse Mills. Last summer she was a participant in the Global Music Musician Workshop, a Silk Road Ensemble project that was launched by their cellist Mike Block.For this event, Ceren will be accompanied by oudist Volkan Efe and will perform an opening set of longas and sirtos, which are forms of traditional folk dance music in Turkey.

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