Jordi Savall with Hespèrion XXI

Jordi Savall performing
Photo by Vico Chamla

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 8:00 pm
Bates Recital Hall

Presented in partnership with KMFA and the Butler School of Music

Hespèrion XXI
Jordi Savall, music director

The music from the Ottoman Empire in dialogue with the Armenian, Greek and Sephardic traditions

Jordi Savall, vièle à archet, lyre, music director
Hakan Güngör, kanun
Yurdal Tokcan, oud
Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian, ney & duduk
Dimitri Psonis, santur
Driss El Maloumi, oud
David Mayoral, percussions

Legendary early-music icon and viola da gamba virtuoso Jordi Savall returns to Texas Performing Arts, along with musicians of Hespèrion XXI from Turkey, Israel, Greece, Morocco, Spain, and Armenia, for a breathtaking musical exploration of intermingling cultural influences in 17th-century Istanbul. The famed city at the crossroads of Europe and Asia was home to a diverse population where Sephardic Jewish and Armenian traditions met with those of the Ottoman rulers, and music knew no bounds.

Jordi Savall is one of the most multifariously gifted musicians of his generation. His career as a concert performer, teacher, researcher, and creator of new projects, both musical and cultural, make him one of the principal architects of the current revaluation of historical music. He co-founded the ensembles Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations; has recorded over 170 CDs; and in 2011 received a Grammy Award for Dinastia Borja and the Midem Classical Music Award for Jerusalem, City of Two Peaces.

“Early music has its purists and pedants, its scholars and heretics. Jordi Savall is one of its great souls. A gentle, unassuming, and learned presence, [he] has for decades been taking listeners on vibrant, thematically cohesive journeys.” – The Boston Globe


The Music from Ottoman Empire in dialogue with the Armenian, Greek & Sephardic traditions

Der makām-ı ‘Uzzâl uşūleş Devr-i kebīr – Mss. Dimitri Cantemir (118)

Taksim (oud)
La rosa enflorece – Maciço de rosas – Sephardic (I. Levy I.59, III.41)

Alagyeaz & Khnki tsar – Traditional (Armenia)

Taksim (kanun)
Der makām-ı Uzzäl Sakîl “Turna” Semâ’î – Mss. D. Cantemir (324)

Las Estrellas de los cielos – Sephardic (I. Levy I.80)

Ta xyla (Greek) / Çeçem kizi (Turkish)

Ene Sarére – Armenian lament

Taksim (oud)
Der makām-ı Hüseynī Semâ’î – Mss. D. Cantemir (268)


Hisar Ağir Semai – Ottoman lament

Al aylukhs – Armenian song & dance

Taksim (santur)
Der makām-ı Räst “Murass’a” usules Düyek – Mss. D. Cantemir (214)

Hermoza muchachica – Taksim

Paxarico tu te llamas – Sephardic (Sarajevo)

Koniali – Turkish & Greek song & dance

Hov arek – Armenian lament

Der makām-ı Hüseynī Sakīl-i Ağa Rıżā – Mss. D. Cantemir (89)

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