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Classical & Religious

 

Traditional Ottoman classical and religious (particularly Mevlevi ) music may sound ponderous and lugubrious to the uninitiated. These musical forms use a system of makams,an exotic-sounding series of times similar in function to Western scales. In addition to the familiar Western whole- and half-tone intervals, Turkish music often uses quarter-tones, unfamiliar to foreign  ears and perceived as 'flat' until the ear becomes accustomed to them.

 

After the banning of the Mevlevi at the beginning of the Republic, it wasn't until the early '90s that a group called Mevlana Kültür ve Sanat Vakfı Sanatçıları was set up to promote the Sufi musical tradition. Mercan Dede has taken this music to another level altogether,fusing it with electronic, techno, classic beats.