Shanteri Baliga, ney, voice, bendir
Vanessa Ortega Beresford, violin
Volkan Efe, ‘ud
John Lobosco, clarinet
Mac Ritchey, ‘ud
Tev Stevig, tanbur
Frederick Stubbs, ney, bendir
Diana Traylor, oboe
The Orkestra Marhaba (The Hello Orchestra) under the direction of Fred Stubbs, was formed to introduce classical and jazz audiences to the Eastern Makam (modal) tradition. Drawn from the membership of a two-year study group, Orkestra Marhaba’s ranks comprise artists, students, teachers, engineers, social workers, healers and musicians.
The repertoire includes instrumental and vocal compositions from the late Ottoman and early Turkish Republican period, set between solo and group improvisations (taksim) that offer the listener exciting and unscripted voyages into the Eastern Modal soundscape known as Makam.
The instruments used are a combination of modern (violincello, oboe, clarinet) and traditional: ney (seven holed, end blown flute) is closely associated with sacred and traditional classical music in Turkey as well as other countries in the Middle East and Asia, ‘ud (lute), tanbur (long necked plucked lute with metal strings), bendir (frame drum), and keman, (violin).
Performing works by:
Saddettin Arel (1880 -1955)
Sukru Tunar (1907 -1962)
Lavtaci Andon (d. 1915)
Tanburi Cemil Bey (1873 -1916)
Refik Fersan (1893 – 1965)
Santuri Edhem Effendi (1855 – 1926)