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Turkish musician to give concert in New York Mills

Turkish Mystic Sufi musician Latif Bolat will present music, poetry, Sufi mystic stories and images from the ancient land of Turkey at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18. Tickets are $12 advance sale and $15 at the door. Student tickets are $5 anytime.

Bolat plays Turkish folk music and devotional Sufi songs which are called Ilahi and Nefes, from the Anatolian peninsula. The lyrics of Ilahis or Nefeses are taken largely from the great 13th century mystical poets Rumi and Yunus Emre. The program also includes traditional Turkish folk songs as well as ballads composed by Latif Bolat. Throughout the program, devotional poetry will be recited from 13th century Sufi poets Yunus Emre and Rumi, and images of Turkish people and scenery will be reflected on a screen.

One of the most well-known Turkish musicians in the U.S., Bolat possesses a vast repertoire, ranging from Sufi devotional songs and Turkish Folk music to classical pieces. His mesmerizing performances draw on ancient texts and employ traditional instrumentation such as the baglama (long necked lute), and he is often accompanied by other Turkish traditional instruments such as oud, bendir and ney flute. Now residing in New Mexico, Bolat has presented his music all across America, Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore, Bulgaria, Turkey, the Philippines and England. In addition to the concerts and lectures, he has recorded four successful CDs, made many TV and radio appearances and composed music for the PBS Documentary "Muhammed: Legacy of a Prophet" and George Lucas's TV series "Young Indiana Jones." He is also the co-author of a Turkish Sufi poetry book titled "Quarreling with God" which is published by White Cloud Books (Oregon, 2008).