We are marking the opening of Oudmigrations with a concert at one of London’s most beautiful private concert salons, Music at 22 Mansfield Street. Please join us to hear the oud in multiple combinations and repertories, and enjoy this breath-taking Adam style house while you listen.
13 April 2016, 19.30 (welcome drinks served from 19.00).
22 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NR
Advance booking is required (see below) and early booking is strongly recommended.
The earliest music on the programme will be drawn from the collection of Dimitrie Cantemir (1673–1723), the Moldavian Prince, musician and man of letters who lived in exile in Constantinople from 1687 to 1710.
The migrating Ottoman court styles from that time – musicians were from Persian, Greek, Jewish, Turkish and Arab communities – will set the theme of the evening, in which we move among more recent repertories developed in Cairo, Istanbul and rural Anatolia.
Musicians: Rachel Beckles Willson (oud), Nilufar Habibian (qanun), Erdem Özdemir (bağlama), Karim Othman Hassan (ney and kemence), Michel Moushabeck (percussion), Yara Salahiddeen (voice), Ahmad AlSalhi (violin).
All guests will be welcomed with a drink from 7.00pm. Please do stay for drinks and canapés aftewards if you can (see below for booking). All the artists are giving their services free, ticket prices cover costs only.
Welcome drink and concert: £20 (students and under-18s £10)
Welcome drink and concert, drinks and canapés after: £30 (students and under-18s £20) Book by email – boas22m AT btinternet.com
Donations to The Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust can also be made. The Trust supports young musicians at the start of their careers with small grants to help with the costs of masterclasses, travel to audition, vocal teaching, recordings etc.
The illustration is drawn from an illuminated Folio of ‘Hamsa’ (Quintet) by Ottoman poet and scholar ‘Ata’ullah bin Yahyá ‘Ata’i (d.1634). This copy was made by by Heyrullah Heyri in 1721, and is preserved in the Walters Arts Museum.