Upcoming World Music Shows: Omar Faruk Tekbilek & Ana Moura

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There are two forthcoming shows I am excited about and I wanted to share my enthusiasm.

Omar Faruk Tekbilek

The first is Turkish virtuoso and sufi artist Omar Faruk Tekbilek. He comes here for two rare shows.

Saturday Oct 25, 2014 at 8 pm – click here for details. Location: Westwood Hills Church, 1989 Westwood Blvd, LA, CA 90025

Sunday Oct 26, 2014  at 7 pm – click here for details. Location: Hoson House, 1961 Irvine Blvd, Tustin, CA 92780

One of my favorite fado singers, Ana Moura

The second show is by one of my favorite fado singers, Ana Moura.

Friday, November 14th with two shows at 6 pm & 9 pm – click here for details. Location: Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK)10361 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90064

Both Omar Faruk Tekbilek and Ana Moura, though coming from very different musical traditions, take us on a musical journey with deep roots and history. Tekbilek, born in Turkey, is a virtuoso oud and ney (type of bamboo flute) player, bendir drummer, a seeker as well. Sufi music is devotional always about seeking truth. Click here to listen to my 1999 Cafe LA interview with Takbilek.

Ana Moura is one of Portugal’s greatest fado singers; fado is the national song form of Portugal, and the music has a fine filigree that appeals to both world music and classical music aficionados. I have seen all her shows and assure you that you will, like me, be enthralled by her show.

Here are two videos that give you a taste of both artists: they both spin a wonderful musical tapestry, full of feeling and joy:

Omar Faruk Tekbilek

 Ana Moura