CIIS Public Programs Presents Omar Faruk Tekbilek Ensemble: Sacred Music Of Turkey And The Middle East Performance April 30, San Francisco

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California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) Public Programs presents Omar Faruk Tekbilek Ensemble: Sacred Music of Turkey and the Middle East on Thursday, April 30, 8:00 PM, at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Tekbilek, honored not only for his musical talents but also as a peacemaker, possesses an openness to music from all cultures that positions him an artist who transcends political obstacles while maintaining traditional sensibilities. He is considered a virtuoso on several instruments and a master of dozens more.

Omar Faruk makes a point of crossing multiple boundaries and truly representing those who are not typically heard from in the mainstream media.

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) Public Programs presents Omar Faruk Tekbilek Ensemble: Sacred Music of Turkey and the Middle East on Thursday, April 30, 8:00 PM, at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.

Tekbilek, honored not only for his musical talents but also as a peacemaker, possesses an openness to music from all cultures that positions him an artist who transcends political obstacles while maintaining traditional sensibilities. He is considered a virtuoso on several instruments and a master of dozens more.

"In a time when so many religious and cultural identities are thought to be in conflict," says Public Programs Director Karim Baer, "Omar Faruk makes a point of crossing multiple boundaries and truly representing those who are not typically heard from in the mainstream media."

Tekbilek has collaborated with a number of internationally acclaimed musicians including Don Cherry, Karl Berger, Ginger Baker, Ofra Haza, Simon Shaheen, Hossam Ramzy, Glen Velez, Bill Laswell, Mike Mainieri, Peter Erskine, Trilok Gurtu, Jai Uttal, and Steve Shehan, among others. He has also contributed to numerous film and TV scores.

Event details:
Omar Faruk Tekbilek Ensemble: Sacred Music of Turkey and the Middle East
Thursday, April 30, 8:00 PM
Herbst Theatre
San Francisco
Tickets: $25/$35/$50
City Box Office: 415.392.4400
http://www.cityboxoffice.com
More information (415) 575-6175

Biography:

Omar Faruk Tekbilek
Hailing from the southern Turkish city of Adana, multi-instrumentalist Omar Faruk Tekbilek is a virtuoso on several instruments, including the nay (bamboo flute), zurna (double-reed oboe-like instrument), baglama (long-necked lute), and percussion. He has worked with musicians ranging from Ginger Baker to Ofra Haza, Youssou N'Dour and Yasmin Levy, and he has performed in some of the world's most prestigious concert halls. A brilliant interpreter of Sufi, folk, and contemporary music of the Middle East, he has recorded ten critically acclaimed CDs. His numerous accolades include a 2003 Best Artist of Turkish Music award from the Turkish Writers Association and a nomination for a 2003 BBC World Music Award.

CIIS Public Programs cultivates mind, body, and spirit by offering an extraordinary selection of experiential workshops, certificate programs, concerts, and lectures for professionals and the general public. Continuing education credits are available through most of these courses. For more information call (415) 575.6175 or visit http://www.ciis.edu/publicprograms.

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an institution of higher education that strives to embody spirit, intellect, and wisdom in service to individuals, communities, and the earth. The Institute expands the boundaries of traditional degree programs with interdisciplinary, crosscultural, and applied studies in psychology, philosophy, religion, cultural anthropology, transformative studies and leadership, integrative health, and the arts. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). For more information, visit http://www.ciis.edu

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