Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Café Vivien and Turkish Music

Three unrelated topics and a digression point:

For the first time last night I had a Turkish music experience that I liked; I had heard Turkish pop music back home (not my cup of tea); but if I remember it correctly Turkish pop music was an epidemic for sometime in Iran, the same was with Indian music, musicals and romance films, which had been exported legally and illegally from Bollywood. At any account last night’s Concert and Oud Recital was different and I very much enjoyed it. Oud master was Osman Nuri Ozpekel and the singer, with a very soft and rich voice, was Ayce Yesim. My favorite song piece was Yine bir Gul-Nihal aldi Bu Gonlumu, when Osman joined Ayce briefly. It was and a very calming piece composed by Ismail dade Efendi (1778-1846). Also my preferred Oud piece was Ferahfeza Sazsemaisi composed by Serif Muhittin Targan.

Dave Calver illustrations are under my attention these days, especially his New York subway pieces. Although his black and with works reminds me of Philip Guston, in his other pieces exists a placid fantasy; the quality that make me think of Paul Klee.

Hoax (2006) directed by Lesse Hallström story wise is a B+ movie that mingled with masterful decoupage and talented performers becomes an A+ production. Richard Gere plays brilliantly; definitely one of his best performances.

And Café Vivian is the place where I do my work these days. It is with in Princeton campus and it's open till late every night, which suits me fine.


Bling (a.k.a Hand), Dave Calver, 2005


Rabbit Transit (unofficial name), Dave Calver, 2006




2 comments:

Nazy said...

Salam Tameshk Jan: Khoobi? Cafe Vivien sounds so French? Is there really a Vivien? Sounds like you listened to the more traditional Turkish music, which is based on what is similar to our "dastghah's," which is a far cry from Turkish pop music, more or less the same as Iranian music. It is amazing that when we open our minds and hearts to music, we can listen to other countries' music and enjoy it. I went to see Simon Shaheen, who is a Palestinian American Ood player, in Berkeley a couple of months ago. There was a piece he did for Palestine, called Ramallah, and it was so sad and poignant. My children and I went to watch and listen the Japanese drums, Kodo, in Berkeley, too and the Samurai music of Japan on those fabulous drums was so amazing. I'm glad you got out and experienced something new. I hope all is well with you my friend. Take care.

Nazy said...

Roja Roja, I saw your picture! You are beautiful! And one of your husband's friends is a very good friend of mine! It's a small world, small and beautiful. God bless both of you.