Please join us for, Mehmet Polat Trio - A Special Jazz Performance
Friday at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
19 W 36th St, New York, New York Protected content
The Shinnyo Center is excited to welcome the critically acclaimed Mehmet Polat Trio to the United States for a special transatlantic session of our ongoing Jazz Meditation series.
Mehmet will accompany meditation teacher Qalvy Grainzvolt to lead the audience in a short, music-infused meditation before the Trio’s performance.
The Mehmet Polat Trio is a spiritual yet adventurous meeting of three virtuosos of magical instruments: ney, kora and ud. With roots in the Ottoman, ancient Anatolian, Balkan and West African music traditions, the trio welcomes listeners with its musical authenticity. The original compositions are colored by daring improvisations and grooves, presented in an atmosphere of chamber music.
Mehmet Polat (Turkey) - ud
Bao Sissoko (Senegal) - kora
Sinan Arat (Turkey) - ney
Mehmet Polat was born and raised in Urfa, Turkey, and studied Ottoman music in Istanbul. His new approach to ud playing and his broadened vision towardsmusic making brought him to Amsterdam in Protected content , where he collaborated and experimented with many other musicians from around the world. After completing his conservatory studies of Indian music and self studies of Persian, Arabic, Flamenco and other musical styles, Polat discovered the inner world and spiritual side of the African music. He was touched especially the timbre of kora. With kora as the earth element, ud as space and ney as air, the idea of Mehmet Polat Trio was born.
Sinan Arat is an accomplished ney player from Erzincan in the East of Turkey. His spiritual music roots started in Turkey but extend all the way to India – it was this broadened musical vision that brought him to the Netherlands.
A master of kora, the Senegalese Bao Sissoko toured Europe for years before settling in Brussels.
The three of them had many enriching experiences playing their non-Western instruments as soloists and color musicians among artists from classical, jazz and other Western genres. In the unique constellation of the Mehmet Polat Trio, the ney, kora and ud assume the main roles, with ample freedom to explore the full capacity of
each instrument in the mix.
“In his elaborate compositions Mehmet Polat combines Anatolian, Middle Eastern music styles with African patterns. Masterfully he fuses the full range and capacity of ney, kora and ud together with their cultures and beyond.” – Jazz n More Magazine, CH