Sugawara on harp and Aksoy on percussion to play ancient and folk music
Tomoko Sugawara playing Celtic harp and kugo, an ancient form of harp, and Ozan Aksoy, percussionist, bring the program Beyond Time and Space to The Chapel Restoration on Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. It is free to the public.
The concert will feature ancient music from along the Silk Road, Handel’s King David harp solo, and English and Japanese folk songs.
Sugawara has performed with a number of orchestras in Japan and also solo on both concert harp and kugo in international venues, such as the World Harp Congress in Prague, Amsterdam and Vancouver. Among her CDs is Along the Silk Road, ancient and new music written for her by American, Iranian and Japanese composers.
Aksoy, trained on the bağlama or saz, a long-necked lute, by his father, a professional musician, developed an interest in the rich musical tradition of his native Turkey. At Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University, he joined the band Kardeş Türküler as an arranger and performer. As a doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology at City University of New York, Aksoy has published articles in the journal Music and Anthropology and has been teaching world music as well as the bağlama and ney, a form of flute, at Hunter College. He is founder and director of the CUNY Middle Eastern Music Ensemble.
The chapel, at 45 Market St., Cold Spring, is across from Metro-North station, where free parking is available on weekends. This concert is made possible, in part, by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature and public funds from Putnam County, grants managed and monitored by Putnam Arts Council. Contributions from the public are welcome.