Ottoman Influence

Ottoman Influence (re-broadcast)

In this special re-broadcast from SalonEra Season 2, Ottoman music enthusiast and multi-instrumentalist Daphna Mor guest curates an exploration of musical connections between east and west.
Ottoman Influence
Ottoman Influence (re-broadcast)

About the Episode

A Baroque musician, Ottoman music enthusiast, and multi-instrumentalist, Daphna Mor guest curates this episode exploring connections between east and west. As the Ottoman empire reached the zenith of its power in the 17th and early 18th century, a craze for Turkish art and music swept across Europe. Reciprocal influence meant that European musicians including Dimitrie Cantemir and Wojciech Bobowski (also known as Ali Ufki) worked in the Ottoman empire composing new works and transcribing traditional music into western notation. Oud player Kane Mathis helps us understand the building blocks of Ottoman music and Turkish violinist and multi-instrumentalist Ceren Türkmenoğlu shares her fascinating and beautiful work, which inhabits both European and Turkish classical traditions.

Episode Credits

Debra Nagy, host & executive producer
Daphna Mor, guest curator
Shelby Yamin, associate producer
Hannah De Priest, podcast producer

Episode Guests

Daphna Mor


Ceren Türkmenoğlu

violin, rebab

Kane Mathis

Kane Mathis



Explore Ceren’s fantastic YouTube channel 

Read “Wojciech Bobowski: The Pole Who Bridged the East & West”

Watch East of the River perform “Bucimis”


Wojciech Bobowski  (Ali Ufki): Semâî Efrencî
Performance courtesy of Ceren Türkmenoğlu

Dimitrie Cantemir: Bûselik Peşrev
Performance courtesy of Ceren Türkmenoğlu

Cantemir: Irak Saz Semai

Cantemir: Kurdi hafifi
Performance courtesy of Daphna Mor

Anonymous: Rast Sirto
Performance courtesy of Daphna Mor