Volume 11, Number 6
26 October 2004

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Turkish Folk Music Comes to Life at Bilkent!

Does anybody remember the last time they listened to Turkish folk or art music?
I personally can hardly remember. Even if it wasn't a very long time ago, how often do we listen to this type of music? I imagine everyone would agree if I said we're becoming more and more distant from the music of our own culture every day. Let's put an end to this trend! Here at Bilkent we have a club, the Turkish Folk Sciences Society, which is ready to delight us with the rhythms and lyrics of Turkish music.
The founders of the club began their efforts to bring folk music back to life at Bilkent in 2003. They soon realized that many individuals were willing to listen to and able to produce such music, but were unknown to each other. This led them to organize the Folk Music Society, open to everyone interested in folk music.

The folk music club then united with Bilkent's Turkish Folk Dances Society to form the Turkish Folk Sciences Society. The combined organizations now have more than 200 members, including both musicians and folk dancers. The Folk Sciences Society is not only for those who already play instruments or have a folk dancing background, however. Its primary aim is to provide education in Turkish music. For instance, the club offers Ba?lama courses in conjunction with a Ba?lama teacher, who will be giving classes two hours per week for those who are interested. The club is also open to any other ideas: those who would like to learn how to play other instruments used in Turkish folk or art music are welcome to ask the club to organize such activities.

The club hopes to bring renowned Turkish folk and art musicians and soloists to Bilkent for discussions with students. Other plans include giving concerts and organizing music festivals at Bilkent, and participating in festivals at other universities. The overall aim of the Folk Sciences Society is to increase the interest of university students in both Turkish folk and Turkish art music.

The Turkish Folk Dances Society meets for dance classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Main Campus Sports Hall. The Turkish Folk Music Society meets every Thursday at 5:40 p.m. at the Student Union. For instrument courses and further information, please call (533) 521-8781 or
e-mail eozcan@ug.bilkent.edu.tr

Pınar Yıldız (CS/III)

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