Turkish Roman music/video

Music from my past workshops

All cd’s listed here are available on Amazon.com, some through Chapters Indigo, and one from iTunes.  All of them are terrific!

Performed by Turkish Roman (gypsy) musicians:

Selim Sesler  – Road to Kesan: Turkish ROM & Regional Music Thrace       track: Tulum 5:01

Selim Sesler and Brenda MacCrimmon – Karsılama    tracks: Daracik Sokaklar 5:29 and  Karcigar Köçekçe 1:55

Ahmet Kusgoz Ve Arkadaslari  – Gypsies of Turkey   – also available through iTunes –  track: Tulum Roman Havasi 3:06

Mustafa Kandirali –  Caz Roman   track: Mastika 7:19

Popular Turkish Roman tunes performed by non-Romani Turkish or Turkish-Canadian musicians:

Minor Empire  –  Second Nature    track: Yuksek Yuksek Tepeler 4:42  ( Leah, Kalina, and I performed to this track in Victoria’s Bellydance Showcase Hafla)

Candan Erçetin – Aman Doktor    track: Cadirimin Üstüne/Sürüverin Cezveler Kaynasin 4:23  (I didn’t play this during the workshop, but it offers another dynamic interpretation of a popular song)

Kalina, Lynette, and Leah perform at OPA’s Bellydance Showcase, Victoria September 2012

Youtube videos of Turkish Roman dance worth watching

I wish I’d been at this village wedding in Turkey!  Fortunately, the video is very clear, aside from the extra digital effects:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=4eIPhZ_g8Xk&feature=endscreen

My current favourite Roman dancer. I’m inspired by her expressive face and gestures, and the underlying structure of her performance. It looks like the same wedding and videographer as above:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=wCTiViIr1xg

A very different venue, two dancers, two distinct personal styles:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sXnk3ATd9g&feature=related

A dynamic male dancer, presenting Roman dance at a Hidrellez festival in Turkey – a virtuosic solo turns into a delightful duet!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLPtt2KsOT4 

Brief clips of social dancing at Hidrellez celebrations around Turkey.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn909jWv0k4

Turkish music for dancers

Turkish music for dancers

Gypsies of Turkey with Ahmet Kusgoz Ve Arkadaslari Karsilema until you drop! This album is chock full of 9/8 rhythms played at different tempos (mostly fast), alternating with ciftitelli and other regional instrumentals. I regularly recommend this energetic and passionate album for dancers who want “real Turkish Rom” music, as it is readily available from… Read more…

Arab music understanding

Arab music understanding

Egyptian music appreciation and practice for bellydancers by George Dimitri Sawa A must-have for dancers, teachers, and students who wish to develop their understanding of Egyptian music!   The quality of the package is awesome – exceeding my already high expectations of  creator George Sawa, an Egyptian born historian, musicologist, qanun virtuoso, a true master… Read more…