Aşkina Ashkinah-Sakinah-Shalom: Promoting Cultural Unity Through Peace and Love

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Date(s) - 06/12/2022
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Gindi Auditorium

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“Aşkina” will feature composers and works from Sephardic-Jewish, Turkish, Azerbaijani, and Arabic communities. The concert will use music as a bridge to develop cross-cultural understanding and communication between the cultures of the Near East and beyond. Ticket proceeds from Aşkina will be donated to UNUCEF USA in support of UNICEF’s emergency work for the children of Ukraine.
The full concert title, Aşkina Ashkina – Sakinah – Shalom ties together words of unity from the cultures represented in the program: “Love” (Turkish) – “Peace/Serenity” (Arabic), and “the spirit of God” (Hebrew) – “Peace/Harmony” (Hebrew) – “Peace” (Arabic/Hebrew).
Soloists include Turkish-American pianist Dr. Ayşe Taşpınar Gatenyo, Turkish ney/oud virtuoso Ömer Faruk Tekbilek, Persian-American vocalist Chloe Pourmorady, Syrian oud player Asher Levy, ethnic percussionist MB Gordy, guitarist Alfredo Schiftan, and Hazan Hayati Hayim Mizrahi of the Los Angeles Sephardic Temple!
The program includes the West Coast Premiere of Sharon Farber’s “Ashkina,” the US Premiere of Ulvi Cemal Erkin’s “Piano Concerto No. 1,” the World Premiere of Erberk Eryılmaz‘s “Maftirim,” and the World Premiere of a medley arranged by Önder Özkoç based on melodies of Yunus Emre.
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