April 2015



Saturday 25.04.2015 8:00 PM | Saal

Admission: 20 / 15 / 10 € (with Berlinpass)

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ Konservatorium für türkische Musik Berlin


BTMK Ensemble & Kudsi Erguner

Kudsi Erguner is regarded as one of the most important pioneers and contributors to Ottoman Sufi and Classical music as well as to world music with his original projects. Erguner, one of the most important ney masters of our times, is particularly famed for his activities helping to introduce Ottoman and Sufi music to the world with internationally acclaimed projects and recordings.

Erguner lives and works in Paris as a musician, composer, musicologist, teacher and author. Erguner comes from a family of Turkish musicians. His contact with many famous musicians from the older generation, who continually passed through his parents house, and his involvement with various Sufi brotherhoods, whose music and teachings Erguner studied, left their decisive marks on him. He received his training directly from his father, Ulvi Erguner, who was the last great master of the Ney. Kudsi Erguner studied also architecture and musicology in Paris. He has given concerts and played in major festivals throughout the world and has researched the music of India, Pakistan and Turkey, grounded diverse music ensembles, recorded numerous albums and has worked with such well known artists as Bob Wilson, Peter Gabriel, Maurice Bejart, Carolyn Carlson, Peter Brook, Didier Lockwood, Michel Portal, Tony Gatliff, Marc Minkovsky. Erguner has thus made authoritative contributions to world music.


He has documented and revived nearly forgotten musical traditions and brought them to the attention of "Western" audiences, securing them a place within Europe’s cultural inheritance.

Furthermore, he also initated the renaissance of  Ottoman Classical and Sufi music in Turkey. He has devised many original projects for the International Istanbul Music Festival, such as From Sufism to Flamenco, Ghazals, Ferahfeza Whirling Dervishes Ceremony, Songs from Vienna and Istanbul : Schubert-Sevki Bey, Rembetiko from Istanbul, Works of Prince Dimitri Kantemir & Ali Ufki, among others.

His project Passion d’ Istanbul, commissioned by the French Government in 2000, was performed as a concert in Paris and recorded live on CD. He created in Istanbul a choir with the muezzins, from mosques of Istanbul to interpret the greatest composers from 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. He presented for the first time in Istanbul a project called Ilahiname which brought together Greek, Armenian, Jewish and Muslim liturgical music of Istanbul.