Mysticism and Ecstasy

“The audience was enraptured by the performances.  ‘Need Tickets’ was seen written on cardboard signs, as the Lord’s house was sold out.”
(Hamburger Abendblatt)


The Sufi tradition of the whirling dervish originated in Anatolia and can be traced back to the 12th century.  With its mystical singing, the seductive chirp of its flutes and its ecstatic percussions, this music is seen as a path to love which culminates in God.  The program presents a cross-section of the oriental Sufi tradition which is still very much active today, introducing the salient composers and masters of its spiritual lyrics.  Works span the period between the 12th and 19th centuries , with texts by Yunus Emre, Azis Mahmud Hudai, Abdel Kadir Geylani, and Shah-i Nakshibend, and compositions by Dede Efendi, Zekai Dede, Kutbi Dede, Sheyh Mesud and Sadeddin Kaynak.





Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu Buddhist, sufi, or zen.
Not any religionor cultural system. I am not from the East or the West,
not out of the ocean or upfrom the ground, not natural or ethereal, not
composed of elements at all. I do not exist,

am not an entity in this world or in the next, did not descend from Adam and Eve or any origin story.
My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless. Neither body or soul.

I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds as one and that one call to and know,
first, last, outer, inner, only that breath breathing human being.

Mevlana (Rumi)