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'Tradition and Virtuosity' on Traditional Oriental Instruments
"I could say that this project has come into light out of necessity precisely out of the impossibility- for the time being- to be given the opportunity to benefit from the experience of the professors who teach traditional Oriental instruments, as well as those used in Romania, such as Kanun - the Romanian țiteră, drum, Ney- the Ottoman flute; the last being mastered by Dimitrie Cantemir.
Lacking this opportunity we have planned a project which is designed not only for the members of "Anton Pann" Band but also for other young learners with strong knowledge of music. The main reason is that playing on another instrument, rather than the traditional Romanian one implies, by all means, the knowledge of a close related instrument.
Therefore, we presented the project to the National Cultural Fund Administration and it was endorsed. During this project we invited five professors - three of them from Turkey and two from Greece - who taught Keman (violin), Kanun, Ney, percussion, vocal techniques and lute (Oud - the Arabic lute). Thanks to these meetings, we shared lots of views about music and we have learned things which are illustrated in this final concert.
The Wednesday evening concert is to crown the courses held within the MasterClass; the performance is based on the works which were taught. The repertoire includes works from the collections of Dimitrie Cantemir, Eșrefzâde Rumî, the sultan Abdul Aziz, Anton Pann and some other anonymous authors. Based on the research and interpretations of the 21st century, the Ottoman repertoire, along with the Greek and the Romanian music are performed in a close related manner of what the old music should sound like."
Translated by Sorina Cimpoeru
MTTLC, Bucharest University