Thursday 12 May

Bab Al Makina – 21.00

Istanbul < > Fes – Turkey and Morocco – international premiere

with the Mohammed Briouel Andalusian Ensemble and the whirling dervishes of Istanbul

In the great Mevlevi tradition and the art of Andalusian Samâa

We have fallen into the place where all is music.

The strumming and the flute notes rise into the atmosphere, and if the whole world’s harp should burn up, there will still be hidden instruments
playing, playing.
This singing art is sea foam.
The graceful movements come from a pearl somewhere on the ocean floor.

  • Djalal Eddine Rûmi

This encounter between two great Sufi music traditions is a tribute both to the great Djalal Eddine Rûmi whose poetry is still read today across the world, and to Moroccan samaâ.

Samaâ teaches the absolute primordial sound, engendering the Word of God. For a number of tarîqas, spiritual listening (al-samaâ) and the practice of ritual dance (al-hadra) produce ecstatic phenomena (hal) and trance. Today samaâ is practised by those on Rûmi’s path, the Ottoman Mevlevis, as well as by the Arab Mawlawiyya and numerous brotherhoods across the Maghreb. Morocco is an important guardian of this tradition.

As musicologist Sami Sadak noted, the history of Turkish religious music is closely allied to the various successive capitals of the Turkish Empire. In the 13th century, Konya became an important cultural centre under the reign of the Seljuk Turks thanks to Mevlâna Djalal Eddine Rûmi, who placed a great deal of importance on music in his philosophical and spiritual teachings. His approach was furthered by Chams Ed-Din Tabrizi who encouraged the worship of God through the arts. The Mevlevî rite recorded by his son, Veled Sultan, is perpetuated today in the tekke (monastery) at Konya by the çelebi (superiors) who succeded him. The foundation of the order of Mevlevi whirling dervishes at Istanbul has left its mark on a musical tradition that is meditative and trance-like.

The whirling dervish, his arms outstretched with the right hand open to heaven and the left directed to earth, is a channel of divine grace. This magic must be experienced: men and women in wide white or coloured skirts whose turning symbolises the movement of the planets and the stars.

Event Performers

Event Date

12 May 2016

Event Time

21:00 PM

Ticket Price

Categorie B

€ 25

Categorie A

€ 50

Event Location

Bab Al Makina