Colors of Anatolia Dance Workshop Has Become a Festival Tradition

Folk dance enthusiasts in Boston had the rare opportunity to learn folk dances from various regions of Turkey in the Colors of Anatolia Dance Workshop, as a part of the 22nd Boston Turkish Arts and Culture Festival. Participants learned dances originating from rich cultural heritage of Anatolia, including Zeybek, Harmandalı and Atabarı from internationally acclaimed dance teacher Ahmet Lüleci accompanied by live authentic music. One of the most popular signature events of the festival, the workshop was sold out days in advance.

Ahmet Lüleci is an internationally acclaimed choreograph, dancer, and dance teacher, who also does research in Anatolian culture. He is the founder and artistic director of Collage Dance Ensemble in Boston and continues to work to further his goal of making folk dance and music accessible to a wider audience since 1973. Mr.  Lüleci is also co-founder and co-director of the annual World Music and Dance Camp in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Ahmet Lüleci and the ensembles that he worked with appeared in more than 60 programs broadcast nationally in countries such as Turkey, France, Denmark, The Netherlands, USA, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Taiwan and Germany.

Composer and Guitarist Alper Tuzcu Launched His New Album “Lines”

Composer and guitarist Alper Tuzcu performed his original compositions inspired from the music of the Mediterranean and Latin America, as well as his arrangements of traditional themes from his new album “Lines” in his concert during the festival. An international group of musicians, Carlo Di Biaggio (bass), Juan Pablo Tello (percussion), Enya Lim (vocal), Bengisu Gökçe (violin), from Italy, Singapore, Colombia, and Turkey accompanied Tuzcu.

Alper Tuzcu’s first album, “Between 12 Waters” was highly acclaimed. The album included Tuzcu’s 12 compositions influenced from 12 different cultures and recorded with musicians from various countries.

Alper Tuzcu graduated from Berklee College Music on Composition and Music Production with a scholarship granted during Berklee’s Umbria Jazz Clinics program in Perugia, Italy. He is also a member of a duo poject, “Ark” in Boston.

In addition to his latest EP album “Lines”, Alper Tuzcu has also recently launched an LP album and will be soon promoting it in a European tour. Tuzcu is the youngest Turkish musician who were selected as a voting Grammy member.

Anatolian Cuisine Served with Exquisite Wines

Turkish cuisine is one of many cultural events presented by the Boston Turkish Arts and Culture Festival. “Flavors of Anatolia” is co-presented with the Food and Wine Program at Boston University, which is host to world re-known celebrity chefs such as late Julia Child and Jacques Pépin. The signature event of the festival gave participants an opportunity to taste distinct examples of Turkish cuisine accompanied by a special selection of wines made of native grapes of Anatolia by Kavaklıdere Winery.

Potter Palmer, Director of the Food and Wine Program at Boston University said that they were very much pleased to have Turkish cuisine in their curriculum and to continue a long-term ongoing partnership with the Boston Turkish Arts and Culture Festival.  

During “Flavors of Anatolia”, which took place at the demonstration kitchen of the Food and Wine Program at Boston University, the attendees were presented a special menu by acclaimed Chef  Cara Chigazola-Tobin, prepared by the students of Boston University Food and Wine Program, accompanied by a selection of exquisite Turkish wines made of indigenous grapes of Anatolia.

The event concluded with the attendees’ enthusiastic applause of Chef Cara Chigazola-Tobin and students in the program, and compliments to the Turkish food and wine, which they mostly tasted for the first time.

Boston Turkish Arts & Culture Festival, organized annually since 1996, presents a series of arts and cultural events under the theme “Colors of Anatolia”, including exhibitions, film screenings, workshops, concerts, lectures, and culinary events.

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