photo: Michael Slobodian
Founded in Montreal in 1998 by its artistic director Kiya Tabassian, Constantinople presents creative and interpretive programs inspired by the musical traditions of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, as well as those of the Mediterranean and Middle East. Regularly invited to perform in international festivals and prestigious concert halls, Constantinople is acclaimed by the public, music professionals, and critics alike. The ensemble has recorded 17 albums and performed in 30 countries.
This concert will feature an ensemble of virtuosos playing Persian, Turkish and Arabic instruments:
Reza Abaee, gheychak
Didem Basar, kanun
Ghalia Benali, voice
Nazih Borish, oud
Hamin Honari, percussion
Neva Özgen, kemençe
Nasser Salameh, percussion
Kiya Tabassian, setar, voice & artistic direction
“It is a performance as stirring to the mind as the intrinsic sounds of the setar are to the heart.”
–The Chronicle Herald
“Times were hard in the Middle Ages, but this music undoubtedly made life easier: thankfully, we have the Constantinople Ensemble keeping this magical repertoire alive.”
–New York Music Daily
Poems of Rumi: This performance takes us on a journey into the shimmering world of the timeless poems of Rumi, the great Master of Love. Rhythms, dances, songs of love and lament, divine mysticism, and wonder are omnipresent in the verses set to music by Kiya Tabassian.