The Joy of the Clarinet: Improvisation in Turkish Gypsy Music
Artists-in-residence Hüsnü Senlendirici and the New York Gypsy All-Stars will present and demonstrate concepts of improvisation and rhythm in Turkish gypsy music. Players are encouraged to bring their instruments.
Hüsnü Senlendirici hails from Bergama, Turkey where he was born in 1976. A highly accomplished and world-renowned master clarinetist, Senlendirici is the leader and founder of the ground-breaking Turkish gypsy fusion group Laco Tayfa. He is also a member of the acclaimed classical Taksim trio.
The New York Gypsy All-Stars are an up-and-coming rising sensation based in New York City. Led by young clarinet virtuoso Ismail Lumanovski, the New York Gypsy All-Stars also features Tamer Panarbasi on qanun, as well as Berklee alumni Panagiotis Andreou (bass), Engin Gunaydin (drums), and Jason Lindner (keys).
Clinic topics will include Maqam theory, rhythmic cycles of Turkey and the Balkans, polyrythms, fusion concepts and contemporary approaches to improvisation.
This clinic is part of Berklee's annual Middle Eastern Festival, sponsored by the Ensemble Department and the Office for Cultural Diversity, and directed by Christiane Karam.