Şimdi Ensemble (Şimdi means “now” in Turkish) is a new project in the footsteps of the Sufi tradition of Anatolia. Based in Turkey, an ensemble varying between 3-7 seven players, Şimdi is co-founded by singer and composer Bora Uymaz and harpist Şirin Pancaroglu. Şimdi’s expression is based on seizing the day, the “now”: living in the present, making the music of the present by using its natural power and enjoying the moment. Şimdi reflects this approach by embracing the traditional repertoire as well as the music composed by band members. Whether composed hymns, songs or instrumental works, the music is strongly rooted in the creativity of the moment, accompanied by improvised forms such taksims, ghazals and odes (kasides).
Bora is one of the most prolific figures of the Sufi tradition in Turkey today with an edge that is bridging the past with the present. He is appreciated for his strong and unique voice in which he carries the mystical and quiet moments of the wise and dervishes. In someways, he sings of seclusion and it is as if his voice is a vocal expression of history. Trained as a classical musician, Pancaroglu, the leading harpist of Turkey (and IU Jacobs School of Music alumna), is equally active in the realm of Turkish traditional music, improvisation, electronic music, tango and semi-staged performances as she is in mainstream harp repertoire. Kemençe player Mehmet Yalgın is frequently involved in concerts in Turkey and abroad, as well as workshop programmes and recording sessions, collaborating with numerous artists. He is on the faculty of Ege University State Turkish Music Conservatory where he teaches kemençe performance and instrument making.
Şimdi Ensemble’s performance set in the Lotus World Spirit Concert is entitled “In Love.”
Sunday, Sept. 27
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 3-5pm
Presented in partnership with the
Indiana University Alumni Association
IU Center for the Study of the Middle East
IU College of Arts and Science – Institute for European Studies
IU College of Arts and Science – Office of International Affairs
IU Department of Folklore & Ethnomusicology
IU Jacobs School of Music
IU The Office of the Provost
IU The Office of the Vice President for International Affairs
Women of Lotus
and Bora Uymaz’s apperance is partially supported the Turkish Cultural Foundation.