[PAST EVENT] Ewell Concert Series, Eymen Gurtan and Ensemble

March 19, 2011
Ewell Hall, Recital Hall
221 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Eymen Gurtan is a master neyzen, a performer of the Ottoman-Turkish reed flute known as the ney. A celebrated student of neyzen Niyazi Sayin, one of Turkey's greatest musical legends of the past century, Mr. Gurtan is part of an unbroken musical lineage that stretches back over three centuries. Eymen Gurtan has performed in over forty countries, touring extensively as the director and primary neyzen for Mevlevi Sufi groups performing sema, a ceremony featuring the ecstatic turning of "whirling dervishes." Mr. Gurtan makes neys by hand and performs on his own instruments. He will be joined in this concert by his wife, Denise Gill-Gurtan, (a visiting scholar at William and Mary) who accompanies him on kanun, a Turkish trapezoidal zither.

This concert is co-sponsored by the Reves Center for International Studies.

Judy Zwerdling Zwelling, 757-221-1073