* Labyrinth * The Ottoman makam

w/ Derya Türkan

This seminar focuses on the music, compositions, styles, and culture of Turkish, Greek, Armenian, and Jewish musicians from Istanbul during the 18th and 20th centuries. While the 17th century marked the period in which the unique style of Ottoman music developed, the 18th century is recognized as the phase in which the style reached its peak. Renowned composers such as Nayi Osman Dede, Tabi Mustafa Efendi, Tanburi Zaharya, Dilhayat Kalfa, and Sultan Selim III played a crucial role in Ottoman music of that time.

Through this seminar, we aim to bridge the gap between past and present. We particularly explore the early 20th century by examining modern composers such as Tanburi Cemil Bey, Refik Fersan, and Serif Muhiddin Targan, allowing us to compare and analyze the evolution of this music.

The specific makams and compositions for this seminar will be announced at a later date.

This seminar is open to instrumentalists who wish to acquaint themselves with the art of modal music through both classical and contemporary repertoire.

Derya Türkan, a prominent figure in Turkish classical and Ottoman music, leads this seminar, sharing his unique kemençe style and expertise in makam music. With experiences under legendary mentors and worldwide collaborations, he offers an exploration of classical and traditional makam repertoires, including improvisations, during the workshop.


The seminars take place from April 1 to April 4 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with a lunch break from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm.

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intermediate/advanced instrumental/vocal skills

€200 (standard rate)
€40 (opportunity rate)

This price includes free tickets for the Labyrinth concerts on April 2 and 3


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