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Nevzat Akpinar Ensemble

Zankel Hall

Nevzat Akpinar Ensemble
The Nevzat Akpinar Ensemble, comprising members of Berlin's large Turkish and Kurdish communities, makes its US debut, performing the folk and ritual music of the Alevi, a mystical Sufi order; intricate baglama (lute) and vocal music from various regions of Turkey; dance music of central Anatolia; and original compositions.

The Berlin in Lights festival is made possible by a leadership gift from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.

Major funding has also been provided by Mercedes and Sid Bass, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from Martha and Bob Lipp, FundaciĆ³n Mercantil (Venezuela), and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional funding provided by Axel Springer AG, GWFF USA Inc., and the Jerome Robbins Foundation.

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The group is under the direction of composer-musician-teacher Nevzat Akpinar, who was born in 1968 in Sivas, Central Anatolia, and moved to Berlin, Germany in 1980.

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About the Music

This concert by the Nevzat Akpinar Ensemble, a group of Turkish and Kurdish musicians who now make their home in Berlin, is an opportunity to explore the musical and cultural wealth of the Alevi community, a small minority within Turkey and Islam itself.

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