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Saturday, May 19, 2012 | Meditating on the Struggle |Lecture by Kristin Zahra Sands | 3pm | Suggested donation $10

Life is struggle. Qur’anic verse 90:4 confirms that this is the natural order of things, saying, “We have created humankind into toil and difficulty.” The trouble is not evenly distributed – some of us endure relatively minor discomforts while others are made to bear the unbearable. The difficulties of each are unique and yet we share together in the struggle to overcome or resign ourselves to physical or psychological challenges, oppressive circumstances, or even just the daily grind. What does it mean when the Qur’an says that we are created into this? And what are we to do? The point of this talk and conversation will not be to try and figure anything out, but rather to look to Qur’anic verses and Sufi stories in order to imagine how the inevitable struggle might become a beautiful struggle.

Kristin Zahra Sands is a Professor of Islamic Studies at Sarah Lawrence College and the author of Sufi Commentaries on the Qur’an in Classical Islam. She is currently working on an English translation of Abu’l Qasim al-Qushayri’s Lata’if al-Isharat for the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought’s tafsir project.

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Friday, May 18 | SUFI MUSIC CLASS with Ahmet Erdogdular | 8-10 PM | $20 per class | Friday evenings – twice a month

This class will focus on developing singing skills as well as rhythms and improvisational techniques (such as kaside) used in zikir. We will work on familiarizing ourselves with the basic makams (music scales) through ilahis: find out what makams are about and how they can be recognized; and further, go over rel- evant rules of Ottoman Turkish Sufi music about using them. Attention will be given to voice and breathing techniques that help produce better sound quality. We will also work on ear training.

Ahmet Erdogdular is one of the most important musicians of the new genera- tion in Turkish classical music. He was a visiting scholar at Columbia University and City University of New York, Graduate Center Ethnomusicology depart- ment. Ahmet’s two latest albums Songs of the Sultans-Masterpieces of Turkish Classical Music and Niyaz-Sufi Songs of Love were released in New York and received worldwide attention. Ahmet Erdogdular graduated from Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory where he completed his master’s degree in Turkish classical music. He plays tanbur, oud and percussion and devotes his time to performing and teaching Ottoman Turkish classical music. He is president and artistic director of Makam New York, Inc a non-profit organization for Turkish classical music and arts.

website: www.ahmeterdogdular.com
*all proceeds from this event will go to the musicians.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012 | Whirling Workshop by Sakina | 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Mevlana and Music: “The sema is like a spiritual field where one can plant seeds of faith. The teaching of Mevlana depends upon and is expressed in three elements: dance, music, and love.”

The workshop will be led by Sakina, a dervish of Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi. Please call or email to register for the workshop. Donations are welcome.

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Friday, May 4 | SUFI MUSIC CLASS with Ahmet Erdogdular | 8-10 PM | $20 per class | Friday evenings – twice a month

This class will focus on developing singing skills as well as rhythms and improvisational techniques (such as kaside) used in zikir. We will work on familiarizing ourselves with the basic makams (music scales) through ilahis: find out what makams are about and how they can be recognized; and further, go over rel- evant rules of Ottoman Turkish Sufi music about using them. Attention will be given to voice and breathing techniques that help produce better sound quality. We will also work on ear training.

Ahmet Erdogdular is one of the most important musicians of the new genera- tion in Turkish classical music. He was a visiting scholar at Columbia University and City University of New York, Graduate Center Ethnomusicology depart- ment. Ahmet’s two latest albums Songs of the Sultans-Masterpieces of Turkish Classical Music and Niyaz-Sufi Songs of Love were released in New York and received worldwide attention. Ahmet Erdogdular graduated from Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory where he completed his master’s degree in Turkish classical music. He plays tanbur, oud and percussion and devotes his time to performing and teaching Ottoman Turkish classical music. He is president and artistic director of Makam New York, Inc a non-profit organization for Turkish classical music and arts.

website: www.ahmeterdogdular.com
*all proceeds from this event will go to the musicians.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012 | NIYAZ: SUFI SONGS OF LOVE | Ahmet Erdogdular Concert | 8 PM | $20 at door | $15 advance tickets online

Ahmet Erdogdular presents an extraordinary selection of classical Sufi music. His unique repertoire is accompanied with authentic instruments, and includes musical forms such as ilahi, naat, kaside, and durak, composed throughout the centuries of Ottoman patronage of arts. This evening is a journey of spirituality through Sufi music.

Ahmet Erdogdular is one of the most important musicians of the new genera- tion in Turkish classical music. He participated in various festivals in Europe, Asia, and the United States performing both Ottoman classical and Sufi music. Studying the Ottoman repertoire and following its style, Ahmet restored from history such vocal classical compositions as kar, beste, naat, and durak to pres- ent. Analyzing the techniques of old masters of Ottoman music, he learned and preserved many of the classical vocal improvisational forms including gazel and kaside. Starting at an early age with his father, neyzen Omer Erdogdular, he continued his musical development with the guidance of the renowned musician Niyazi Sayin.

website: www.ahmeterdogdular.com
*all proceeds from this event will go to the musicians.

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Friday, April 27, 2012 | SUFI MUSIC CLASS with Ahmet Erdogdular | 8-10 PM | $20 per class | Friday evenings – twice a month

This class will focus on developing singing skills as well as rhythms and improvisational techniques (such as kaside) used in zikir. We will work on familiarizing ourselves with the basic makams (music scales) through ilahis: find out what makams are about and how they can be recognized; and further, go over rel- evant rules of Ottoman Turkish Sufi music about using them. Attention will be given to voice and breathing techniques that help produce better sound quality. We will also work on ear training.

Ahmet Erdogdular is one of the most important musicians of the new genera- tion in Turkish classical music. He was a visiting scholar at Columbia University and City University of New York, Graduate Center Ethnomusicology depart- ment. Ahmet’s two latest albums Songs of the Sultans-Masterpieces of Turkish Classical Music and Niyaz-Sufi Songs of Love were released in New York and received worldwide attention. Ahmet Erdogdular graduated from Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory where he completed his master’s degree in Turkish classical music. He plays tanbur, oud and percussion and devotes his time to performing and teaching Ottoman Turkish classical music. He is president and artistic director of Makam New York, Inc a non-profit organization for Turkish classical music and arts.

website: www.ahmeterdogdular.com
*all proceeds from this event will go to the musicians.

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Saturday, April 14, 2012 | REGENERATIVE DESIGN | An Introduction to Permaculture with Julie Welch & Jorge Espinosa | 3 PM | Suggested donation $10

This workshop on Regenerative Design will cover an introduction to Permacul- ture and how through a fuller understanding of the way nature works humanity can achieve true sustainability by designing self renewing, regenerative, pro- ductive ecosystems.

Julie Welch is a teacher, gardener, student and farmer. She works at the Buck- minster Fuller Institute, the Old Stone House and Montview Neighborhood Farm. She is an apprentice teacher in urban permaculture in Brooklyn, New York and Northampton, Massachusetts and has an M.A. in sustainable land- scape design and planning from the Conway School of Landscape Design.

Jorge Espinosa studied Agriculture in Honduras, and is currently working on graduate studies in Integrative EcoSocial Design through Gaia University.

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April 13, 2012 | SUFI MUSIC CLASS with Ahmet Erdogdular | 8-10 PM | $20 per class | Friday evenings – twice a month – following class on April 27

This class will focus on developing singing skills as well as rhythms and improvisational techniques (such as kaside) used in zikir. We will work on familiarizing ourselves with the basic makams (music scales) through ilahis: find out what makams are about and how they can be recognized; and further, go over rel- evant rules of Ottoman Turkish Sufi music about using them. Attention will be given to voice and breathing techniques that help produce better sound quality. We will also work on ear training.

Ahmet Erdogdular is one of the most important musicians of the new genera- tion in Turkish classical music. He was a visiting scholar at Columbia University and City University of New York, Graduate Center Ethnomusicology depart- ment. Ahmet’s two latest albums Songs of the Sultans-Masterpieces of Turkish Classical Music and Niyaz-Sufi Songs of Love were released in New York and received worldwide attention. Ahmet Erdogdular graduated from Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory where he completed his master’s degree in Turkish classical music. He plays tanbur, oud and percussion and devotes his time to performing and teaching Ottoman Turkish classical music. He is president and artistic director of Makam New York, Inc a non-profit organization for Turkish classical music and arts.

website: www.ahmeterdogdular.com
*all proceeds from this event will go to the musicians.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012 | Whirling Workshop by Sakina | 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Mevlana and Music: “The sema is like a spiritual field where one can plant seeds of faith. The teaching of Mevlana depends upon and is expressed in three elements: dance, music, and love.”

The workshop will be led by Sakina, a dervish of Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi. Please call or email to register for the workshop. Donations are welcome.