LUGHNASA FRIELFEST PRESENTS the Coskun Karademir Quartet as a musical prelude to Brian Friel’s Living Quarters, inspired by the play’s protagonist (Commandant Frank Butler) returning to Ballybeg from the Middle East.
Coskun Karademir was captivated by the music of his homeland, Anatolia (where Troy is reputed to be sited), and has devoted himself to its folk and mystical music. His group, The Secret Ensemble (of which the quartet is part) emerged onto the world stage with its first album, Kusların Çagrısı (The Call of Birds).
Traditional Iranian and Turkish Sufi music meet in an extraordinary and glorious sound. The spirituality of their music is inspired by an ethos of unity, a coming together, a world harmony. As the poet Rumi wrote, ‘Those who share the same soul are preferred to those who speak the same language.’
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