Event: Mystic Hymns of the Sufi Poets with Latif Bolat, Turkish Singer, Composer and Scholar of Turkish Music and Folklore.
Venue: Italian Cultural Institute, 82 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9EW.
Date: Thursday 2 October 2014.
Event Description: Medieval Italy and Turkey produced two of the biggest names in mystic thought: St. Francis and Rumi. It has been 800 long years since they departed and this program celebrates their legacies with poetry, music, movement and philosophical ideas, reflecting the devotional and mystical aspect of Anatolian culture accumulated over thousands of years. The deep quality of devotion in these songs and poetry is the direct result of this beautiful blend of such devotional and dedicated people of Anatolia.
One of the most well-known Turkish musicians in the US, his mesmerizing performances draw on ancient texts and employ traditional instrumentation such as the Saz (long necked lute). Now partially residing in New Mexico and Turkey, Latif Bolat has presented his music all across America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore, Bulgaria, Spain, Turkey, the Philippines, Ireland, England and Scotland. In addition to the workshops, music events and lectures around the world, he has recorded 4 very successful CDs, made many TV and Radio appearances, and composed music for the PBS Documentary "Muhammed: Legacy of a Prophet," and George Lucas's TV series "Young Indiana Jones." He is also the co-author of the compilation book of ancient Turkish Sufi poets entitled "Quarrelling with God: Mystic Rebel Poems of the Dervishes of Turkey." Latif Bolat has recently performed at the Carnegie Hall in NYC and received the Best Collaboration CD Award from the European Union for his work with the Bulgarian Jazz group Lot Lorien.