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Music Before 1800 presents: Constantinople & Accademia del Piacere

On a memorable Sunday, April 14th, my wife and I embarked on a unique musical journey at Corpus Christi Church in Manhattan. We were captivated by the enchanting performance of ‘Music Before 1800,’ a harmonious dialogue between the Spanish Renaissance, Persian, and Ottoman masterpieces. This extraordinary program, a fusion of ancient melodies from Sevilla (Spain) to Ishafan (Iran), was a testament to the power of music and transcends time, borders, and war.
The music was ancient and gently uplifting, performed by Kiya Tabasisian (seter and voice), Fahmi Alqhai (viola de gamba), Didem Basar (kanun), Johanna Rose (viola de gamba), Hamin Honari (tombak, daf0), Rami Alqhai (viola de gamba), and Patrick Graham (percussion).
The music enveloped us as we sat in the sacred space amidst a diverse audience, leaving a profound imprint. It served as a poignant reminder of the universal language of music, capable of uniting people and transcending borders like no other force can.
I am deeply grateful to Corpus Christi Church for providing a serene and welcoming space. I commend the artists for their commitment to preserving the music with passion and reverence.
With the world in such a state of turmoil, what better place to be?
A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.


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