Turkish Singer, Composer and Scholar
Host: Said & Dari
Aired: 5-14.2008 10:00-11:00 PM EST
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Latif Bolat, one of the most renowned Turkish musicians in North America, is a native of the Turkish Mediterranean town of Mersin. After receiving his degree in folklore and music at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey, he taught traditional music throughout the country. He then went on to manage Ankara Halk Tiyatrosu, a musical theater company, which performed traditional musical plays. Mr. Bolat also received additional degrees in Turkish History and Middle East Religion and Politics from Ankara University and an MBA from San Francisco State University.
Specializing in the ancient Turkish mystic-devotional music genre, Latif Bolat has been received with appreciation and enthusiasm throughout the world, as he provides a unique philosophy and approach to the performance of traditional music. By creating an intimate, almost "storytelling" atmosphere, he explains Turkish folk and mystic music and its sociopolitical and cultural elements. The performance both entertains and invites the audience to ponder questions such as how major sociopolitical factors influence culture and the art it produces.
His recent performances include:
* Soundtrack music for George Lucas Studios TV series "Young Indiana Jones" and the PBS documentary “Mohammed: Legacy of a Prophet”.
* Concert tours at International Festivals and universities all around the world, including the United States, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Scotland, Ireland, Bahamas and Turkey.