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International Music Night 2023

Illinois Global Institute International Music Night 2023

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Center for African Studies; Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Center for Global Studies; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; European Union Center; Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; Women & Gender in Global Perspectives Program
Illini Union Courtyard Cafe (1401 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801)
Nov 8, 2023   3:00 - 5:30 pm  
Free and open to the public.
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Russian, E. European & Eurasian Center: Co-sponsored Events

As a part of UIUC's International Education Week, the Illinois Global Institute invites you to attend a night of international music on Wednesday, November 8, from 3:00-5:30pm. 

3:00-3:05 Intro
3:05-3:45 Brazilian Ensemble
3:55-4:15 Çağrı Haksöz (Ashiq Delili) 
4:25-4:55 Latin American Ensemble
5:05-5:30 SPICMACAY

Professor Çağrı Haksöz is known as Ashiq/Aşık Delili among the men of heart. Ashiqs are Sufi poets/minstrels who had the chance to drink the “wine of love” and can improvise poetry and melody if they feel the need. Ashiq Delili’s minstrel lineage is based on the Ashiqs of Northeastern Turkey—mainly his grand uncle Ashiq Muradı and his father Ashiq Vekili, which connects back to 12th century Central Asian Turkish Sufi Poet, Hazrat Turkistan Hodja Ahmad Yasawi. 

Ashiq Delili’s musical initiation began at the age of 2, singing mystical songs of 13th century Sufi Poet Yunus Emre. At the age of 9, he began paying Saz (Bağlama), long-necked 7-string lute of the Turkish Ashiqs. He composed his first song at the age of 11 for a poem of Karacaoğlan, great Turkish Ashiq of 17th century. 

Since 1986, he has been singing and playing both for traditional listeners as well as international audiences in USA, UK, Germany. He performed/recorded together with folk/classical Turkish music ustads/masters such as Ömer Yarşi, Ümit Tokcan, Rıfat Balaban, Erkan Kuşku, Ali Tan, and Murat Aydemir. In late 90s, he co-founded Yaren Ensemble in New York City with Argentinean percussion master Gerardo Razumney and performed on various stages and festivals in the Northeastern USA. 

He has written poetry and composed over 100 songs in various Turkish maqams. Ashiq Delili is a multi-instrumentalist and can play the Saz family (Bağlama, Tanbura, Divan Saz, Cura), Tanbur, Yaylı (Bowed) Tanbur, Dutar, Tar, Navajo Flute, Bendir, Darbuka. Nevertheless, his deepest love is with his 37 year companion—Yadigar—carved from a humble mulberry tree and always crying to seek sincere friends who can listen with the ear of heart… 

Ashiq Delili is joyfully married to Ashiq Zümrüt, a great granddaughter of Mahmud al-Kashgari of 11th century Turkic Kara-Khanid scholar, who compiled the first comprehensive dictionary of the Turkic languages, the Diwan Lughat al-Turk, in 1072-4. 

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