The Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR – 38 Alexandru Alley) will host on Friday, October 28, starting 7pm, the “Aegean and Balkan dances” recital (dance music from the Aegean and Balkan cultural space), featuring the Anatolia ensemble, in the sixth concert in the “When We Were Byzantium” series. The concert will include classical pieces signed by Turkish composers, works by Bela Bartok and Grigoras Dinicu, as well as improvisation pieces, ICR informs.
The Anatolia ensemble, founded by the celebrated Turkish musician Ihsan Ozgen, a student of the great Cemil Bey, is now coordinated by the founder’s daughter, Neva Ozgen (kemence), and also comprises Hakan Sensoy (violin), Mehmet Bitmez (lute), Yelda Ozgen Ozturk (cello), Tolgahan Cogulu (guitar) and Guray Canturk (percussion). The name of the ensemble is meant to evoke the musical mosaic which makes up its repertoire. In the Turkish region of Anatolia, the influence of migrations from Central Asia, bringing along their peculiar brand of pentatonic music, became intertwined with echoes from Iran, the Arab countries, Byzantium, the Balkans, as well as the Aegean and Mediterranean space.
The public’s access to the event is free, within the number of seats available.