ARTS & LEISURE

Persian Divan featuring Constantinople at Romanian Cultural Institute

The Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) hosts on Friday, November 18, starting 7.30pm, a musical Persian Divan graced with the participation of the Constantinople ensemble. This is the seventh concert in the “When We Were Byzantium” series organized by ICR. Kiya Tabassian (setar and vocal), Ziya Tabassian (percussion), Siamak Aghaie (santur and vocal), Pierre-Yves Martel (viola da gamba), Dermen Didem (kanun/qanun) and Kyriakos Kalaitzides (lute) will illustrate the central part Persian music played in the subsequent development of world musical culture.

The topics approached will include Dimitrie Cantemir’s contribution to distinguishing Turkish music from the Persian one, musical theory treatises, Anton Pann and early Persian music. Bucharest music-lovers will have a chance to listen to traditional Persian instruments: the Setar (Persian lute), the Santur (Persian dulcimer) and the Kanun/ Qanun (a small-scale dulcimer). The host of the “When We Were Byzantium” series is Constantin Raileanu, the conductor of the “Anton Pann” vocal-instrumental ensemble, ICR informs.

The Constantinople ensemble draws on Medieval and Renaissance Mediterranean music, as well as on the musical tradition of the Middle East. The interweaving of a variety of musical traditions gives the ensemble its defining sound. In the past two years, Constantinople has had concerts in France, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands, Greece, Lebanon, Mexico and Canada, as the guest of prestigious events and institutions such as the Festival d’art lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence (France), the Festival des musiques sacrees de Fez (Morocco), the Onassis Cultural Centre (Greece), the Oratoire du Louvre (France), the Festival del Centro Historico (Mexico) and the Vancouver Festival (Canada).

The public’s access is free, within the number of seats available.

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