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Music   2 comments

Went round to my friend Suleyman’s house yesterday for some tea and found he had a few other friends there. We were entertained by an impromptu concert given by Aşık Ahmet and some of his musical instruments. He also sings and usually makes up the words as he goes along, includıng the names of those present in the verses. There were a few people peering over the fence to see what the occasion was. In the last of the warmth of the late afternoon and sitting amongst the almond trees it was quite a magical moment. He plays the Saz,

the Sipsi, a shepherd’s flute

and the Kaval.

It was interesting that the sipsi and the kaval appeared to be a set and the sipsi fitted inside the kaval for easy storage.

Another musical thing happened while I was sitting outside this morning a cuckoo (guguk in Turkish ) was calling over and over. It was constant for about twenty five minutes.

Everything in the valley is so green now and flowers are opening all over the place, it’s a lovely time of year.

Posted April 2, 2011 by cukurbagli in Neighbours, Turkey