Kyklo plays traditional music of the Balkans and the Aegean on authentic instruments, including gaida, bouzouki, kaval, and ney. Begun in Tucson in 2014 by Anton Shekerjiev and Paul Amiel, Kyklo explores and performs the complex and beautiful rhythms, textures, melodies and lyrics of that ancient part of the world.

Abdullah Jasim – Turkish Iznik Ceramics

The art of Turkish tiles and ceramics occupies a place of prominence in the history of Islamic art. Its roots can be traced at least as far back as the Uighurs of the 8th and 9th centuries. Its subsequent development was influenced by Karakhanid, Ghaznavid, and (especially) Iranian Seljuk art. Seljuk mosques, madrassas, tombs, and … Read more

Mustafa and Mine Calik – Ebru/Water Marbling

Mustafa and Mine Calik bring to TMY the art of Ebru, a traditional Turkish painting art, also called marbling. It is done by painting on water and transferring this painting onto paper. Gum tragacanth is added to the water to yield a thickened liquid, and horse hair brushes are used to apply paints which are … Read more

Sema Foundation-Turkish

Sema Foundation was founded in 2004 to build bridges among local communities and to foster mutual understanding among individuals from different walks of life. Over the last decade, our non-profit organization provided instrumental work focusing on four areas: charity, education, outreach and culture. At TMY, we specialize in sharing Turkish food with the public.

Fadi Iskandar

Fadi Iskandar is a master violinist from Syria with a deep musical understanding and knowledge of Middle Eastern music, theory, and culture. Trained as a young boy in classical violin, he then learned Middle Eastern music from elders in his community through improvisation and the practice of mastering by ear “maqam” or musical scales. His … Read more

Arizona Kertenkeleri

Mustafa Kilcak is a teacher in Tucson who has played and sung for groups such as World Winds and 5 Horses 4 Winds. A Turkish musician, he makes and sings Turkish rock, protest, folk, and pop music. He plays guitar and baglama, a traditional Turkish guitar.

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