Department of Religious Studies

Turkish Ottoman Lecture Series: Alevi-Bektaşi Expressive Culture

A lecture and musical demonstration by Ümit Şimşek, UT Scholar in residence.*

Fri, April 22, 2016 | CAL 516

3:00 PM

In his lecture, Mr. Şimşek will demonstrate and explain some of the most important textual and musical elements of Alevi-Bektaşi expressive culture, as they have been practiced historically and are still experienced in religious settings in Turkey today.

Ümit Şimşek studied under master Turkish Alevi musician Arif Sa?, responsible in the 1980s for the emergence of the bağlama and Alevi music onto the international stage. He now teaches at the prestigious Erdal Erzincan Music Center in Istanbul as well as privately, and is well-respected in Turkey as one of the most original and progressive bağlama pedagogues. His research into the biomechanics of bağlama performance sets him apart from traditional teachers of the instrument, and will form the basis of his method book to be published in Turkish and English. As a performer, Mr. Şimşek has shared the stage with Arif Sa?, Erdal Erzincan, Mercan Erzincan, Sabahat Akkiraz, and others, as well as participated in countless traditional Alevi “muhabbet” musical gatherings. Therefore, he both represents a rich Alevi oral tradition as well as significantly shapes the newest incarnations of this tradition via his impact as an educator.  

*Mr. Şimşek's remarks will be made in Turkish; limited English interpretation will be provided.

Sponsored by: Islamic Studies COLA Fund, Religious Studies, and the Turkish Cultural Foundation

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