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Gretchen French Visiting Artist Recital: Latif Bolat, Turkish Mystic Music

Latif Bolat
Ashland University Music is pleased to present Turkish Mystic musician Latif Bolat as the 2016 Gretchen French Visiting Artist in Music. During his 2-day residency, he will present two lectures and a recital. All events are free and open to the public and scheduled as follows:

Monday, Oct. 31
2 p.m.: Lecture with Music History Class, Rm 303 Center for the Arts
7:30 p.m.: Concert, Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall, Center for the Arts

Tuesday, Nov. 1
1:40 p.m.: Lecture with Understanding Islam class, Rm 138, Schar College of Education

Latif Bolat, one of the most renowned Turkish musicians in North America, is a native of the Turkish Mediterranean town of Mersin. After receiving his degree in folklore and music at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey, he taught traditional music throughout the country. He then went on to manage Ankara Halk Tiyatrosu, a musical theater company, which performed traditional musical plays. Mr. Bolat also received additional degrees in Turkish History and Middle East Religion and Politics from Ankara University and an MBA from San Francisco State University. 
With a vast repertory that includes songs in classical, folk and Sufi mystic music styles, he accompanies his singing on the baglama (long-necked lute), and various other traditional instruments from the Turkish folk music tradition. Specializing in the ancient Turkish mystic-devotional music genre, Latif Bolat has been received with appreciation and enthusiasm throughout the world, as he provides a unique philosophy and approach to the performance of traditional music. By creating an intimate, almost "storytelling" atmosphere, he explains Turkish folk and mystic music and its sociopolitical and cultural elements. The performance both entertains and invites the audience to ponder questions such as how major sociopolitical factors influence culture and the art it produces.
Start Date: 
Monday, October 31, 2016 - 1:00pm to Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 3:00pm

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