Until The Next Time

Last night J and I did something we swore we’d never do again – go to a music concert in another parochial backwater! Truth to tell I’d given up on ever being able to enjoy any live performance where plebs without a moment’s thought for anyone else bring children and wailing infants into the venue; scrunch about in sweet packets; talk and are never off their bloody iphones and soddin’ ipads!

Give me Istanbul where people, real fans of whatever music they are there to enjoy, know how to behave – and do! Give me Istanbul – whatever the flight costs, it’s worth it not to have these . . these . .

Anyway, as I was saying, we went to a concert in Fethiye last night to hear the Tombak and Daf playing of a young man from Iran of whom we’d never heard – Mohammed Reza Mortazavi. In spite of all of the above listed pig-ignorance, this performance was just amazing! Phenomenal! The most wonderful, virtuoso tour-de-force by an absolute master of the craft.

Rather than write about him, here’re a few minutes to whet your audio-buds. For those here in Turkey who still miss You Tube here’s a simple work-around: Download and install the Google Chrome browser (Chromium if you use Linux/Ubuntu like me). Then install the ZenMate add-on and Bob’s your uncle – you have You Tube. You also have bandwidth to choose some of the really good stuff from this guy, I don’t! Now, enjoy this amazing musician at work:

above with Tombak and below with Daf

After last night we won’t be going to any more parochial concerts . . well, until the next time!

Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü

12 thoughts on “Until The Next Time

  1. Well impressed. I wouldn’t mind one of his CDs. Worth putting up with the ” pig ignorance ” Almost as good as the Mongolian singer !!!!!!!!

  2. Alan, Thanks for the clips and we will make an effort to see them. It seems as though our internet service is experiencing some real problems since Thursday. Don’t know what it is, calls to TTNET don’t seem to work and now, we’re coming up with conspiracy theories. See? We’re becoming Turks! Glad you enjoyed the concert.

    1. . . the venue and the sound system were surprisingly good for a cultural backwater – that said, Fethiye is really beginning to make a name for itself, or it will once people learn to behave in a respectful way towards performers and other ticket payers!

  3. Seems to have been a night for music… We were at the big Theatre in Ephesus to hear Carmina Burana. But we have to blog about that….

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