Lamentations for a Soldier
With Oguz Mülayim, Ney (Turkey) and Ekrem Mülayim, Composer/Performance artist (Australia)
The haunting sound of the Turkish ﬂute or ‘ney’ and the transcendental dance of the dervish form the anchor of our 2015 Easter program. East and West collide through the juxtaposition of Robert White’s beautiful setting of the biblical Lamentations and traditional music from the Suﬁ tradition going back to the central ﬁgure of Rumi (1207-1273).
According to Rumi or Jalãl ad-Dín Muhammad Balkhí, music is the language of God
and the ney represents a person who has reached perfection or ‘Insan-i Kamil’. As the ney suffers to produce a sound, a human also suffers till the
breath of God vibrates in his or her soul. The dignity of human life is central to both Jeremiah’s Lamentations and Rumi’s thinking. At a time
when we commemorate the tragic events at Gallipoli as well as the immense losses on the Western front 100 years ago, this message rings truer than ever, from both East and West.
Lamentations for six voices
New setting of Rumi verse
Turkish suﬁ music
Blacktown Saturday 11 April, 8.00pm, Blacktown Arts Centre