“Mixing Musics: The Sacred Songs of Istanbul Jews”
40th Anniversary Celebration of Jewish Music with Dr. Maureen Jackson (Cole Fellow ’08-’09) and visiting artist Dr. Münir Beken.
This lecture-demonstration explores the linked histories of Istanbul, its Jewish community, and historical musical traces of multi-religious music-making in Ottoman and Turkish society. Author of the newly published Mixing Musics: Turkish Jewry and the Urban Landscape of a Sacred Song (Stanford University Press), which recently won the National Jewish Book Award, Dr. Maureen Jackson focuses on the Jewish religious repertoire known as the Maftirim, which developed in interaction with Ottoman court music. Her research in Istanbul illuminates the people, places, and practices that shaped an Ottoman music world, Jewish cultural life, and continuities and ruptures experienced across the 20th and 21st centuries. Ethnomusicologist and ud master, Dr. Münir Beken, will bring to life the Turkish musical forms at the heart of Dr. Jackson’s study.