Aleppo to Istanbul in Oakland : Sufi Sacred Music (Shughul) of the 19th & 20th Century
Directed by Issa Golitzen-Farajaje
The program for this concert focuses on a body of Turkish Sufi sacred music called Shughul which has its roots in the Arab world, mostly from Aleppo and Baghdad. This body of music, researched heavily by the director, has been harvested from the remains of an ancient treasure trove. It comes to us through three fragmented sources amateur recordings made in the 1960s and 1970s, manuscripts containing the lyrics of hundreds of songs, and sheet music written down in the 1940s and 1950s by researchers, providing notation of the songs last performed in this rich tradition.