Golden Apricot Tree

The Golden Apricot Tree Project aims to unearth the cross-cultural musical tradition embodied in the Ottoman-Armenian musical heritage by performing and recording unique pieces. This solo performance emphasizes cultural appreciation and cross-cultural interaction. The first part of the project comprises of solo performance and recording of repertoire of Ottoman-Armenian and contemporary Turkish songs. The repertoire, inspired by her doctoral dissertation at UCLA, comprises of the solo performance of pianist Dr. Ayşe Taşpınar Gatenyo in which she will record several Western and Ottoman compositions from various ethnic backgrounds. The solo performance will help uncover and reiterate the contributions of Ottoman-Armenian composers in enriching the musical life of all Ottoman culture. The solo performance will be recorded and distributed through online channels, which will enable a wider audience to learn about the shared cultural space between Turks and Armenians. 

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