Sufi Music from Turkey in Theory and Practice

Week 3C  August 6th–11th 2018
Seminar with Mehmet & Ali Ungan

In this workshop we will explore the basic Makam theory and experience the practical implementation in music. Each Makam (scale) gives us its own taste and puts us in a certain mood. Interwoven with oriental rhythms, these Makamsare will be translated into traditional songs. There will also be songs of different traditions: songs from the Alevi Bektashi- tradition, called Nefes (breath) and Duaz-I imam, songs from the Mevlevi tradition, called Illahis (praises), all combined with the most beautiful names of God and the Zikr.

In the old Turkish-shamanic, pentatonic music, which was already practised in the 8th century in music therapy, the songs are connected with archetypal healing movements.

All are welcome. No previous knowledge required.

Mehmet Ungan

Mehmet Ungan studied the traditional instruments Saz, Oud and Ney after meeting Dr. Oruc Güvenc. Originally a sociologist and social worker, today he is the co-founder of the Oriental Music Academy in Mannheim and a regular guest in intercultural and interfaith events across Europe.

Orientalische Musikakademie Mannheim

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Ali Ungan

Ali Ungan is an active musician and co-founder of the Oriental Music Academy in Mannheim. He taught at Free Waldorf School Intercultural Mannheim and currently teaches music and intercultural communication at the “SRH-Fachschule für Soziales” in Heidelberg.

Hosh Neva
(link only available in German)

The group plays songs from various sufi traditions from central Asia and Anatolia, as the Bektashi or Mevlevi tradition. The texts may be very ancient or may also express the love for God, for the prophets and saints, the ones called God’s friends. In the Sufi music, the main voice is often accompanied by a chorus repeated throughout the piece, rendering a very meditative style.