Sounds of the world at ‘Bach’s Lunches’

  • Cesni Duo, Tev Stevig and Michael K. Harrist, will perform at Concord Community Music School on Oct. 13. Concord Community Music School

Published: 9/26/2022 7:17:25 PM
Modified: 9/26/2022 7:16:37 PM

The Concord Community Music School’s “Bach’s Lunches” concert and lecture series is returning this fall, and October will feature music from the Balkans and the Middle East.

The music school holds a Bach’s Lunch, a noon-time concert or educational music lecture, on the first and second Thursday of each month. The events are free and open to the public, and run from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the school on Wall Street.

This season kicks off Oct. 6 with a lecture by Boston-based guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Tev Stevig, called “What is Makam? An Introduction to the Makam of Istanbul for the Western Listener.” In the lecture, Stevig draws on his 20-year exploration of makam-based music to define Turkish makam and explain how the Western musical experience can both help and hinder our understanding of this music.

One week later on Oct. 13 Stevig returns for a concert with Watertown, Mass., musician and educator Michael K. Harrist called “Cesni Duo: A Fluid Score.” The duo will play original modal music inspired by their experiences with the folk and classical music traditions of Turkey, Greece, the Balkans, the Levant, Iran, Afghanistan, and North India. The music of Çeşni Duo is grounded in the flavors (çeşniler) of Turkish makam music while remaining deeply personal and contemporary. The ensemble guides the listener from dove-tailing contemplative melodies to odd-metered tunes that throw caution to the wind. A modal music tradition, Türk sanat müziği (Turkish art music) was developed in the urban areas of the Ottoman Empire and has a history of over 500 years. The tradition includes a wide range of repertoire, composers, and practitioners.

The Bach’s Lunch Series is sponsored by The Timothy and Abigail B. Walker Lecture Fund.

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