Songs of Hope and Resilience, May 13, 2023
World Trade Center, New York, NY
In February, Türkiye’s southeast region was hit by a series of devastating earthquakes that killed more than 50,000 people and destroyed 11 cities, impacting 20 million people.
Hatay, a city with a rich and diverse cultural heritage that dates back thousands of years, was one of the hardest hit. In some neighborhoods, every building was damaged or in ruins. The oldest part of the city, where ancient mosques, churches, and synagogues all stood within a few blocks of one another, was almost entirely destroyed. Thousands of lives were lost, millions left without homes, possessions, or even memories.
Before the earthquake, Hatay had a rich and lively music culture, reflecting the region's diverse cultural heritage, combining elements of Arabic, Turkish, Armenian, and Kurdish music. On Feb 6, 2023, the music stopped. Eight amateur music groups all lost their buildings, were left with their musical instruments destroyed, their members all grappling with the devastation.
Turkish and International Music Ensemble is partnering with the Turkish Music Federation (TUMFED) in Turkiye to build a music center in Iskenderun, Hatay. The center will be used by eight displaced local music groups in Iskenderun and provide a range of community programs and events, such as concerts, performances, music lessons, workshops and lectures. In addition to being a hub for musicians and the local community, it will also help rebuild and revive the musical heritage of Hatay and enable it to continue for the next generations.
The Music Center will be a 100m2 prefabricated building with a multi-purpose open space that can be used for activities like rehearsals, lessons or workshops, a separate room that can be used for operations, a kitchenette and toilet facilities.
The Music Center will be named “Nedim Katgı Music Center” (Nedim Katgı Müzik Merkezi) to commemorate the legacy of our founder Nedim Katgı.
Turkish Music Federation, İskenderun International Festival of Turkish Music Choruses, 2022
Catherine H, Katonah NY
Ana M Manente
Arzu B. Alkan
Aysenil Kurt Brittan
Birnur Aral Nehrozoglu
Donna Tan Gokcan
Ozlem Bozdagi Gunal
Yigit Alp Ciray
Zehra Elif Onural
Turkish Music Federation (TUMFED), is a non-profit organization established in 2015 in Turkey to support and promote Turkish Music and its practitioners. With 40 music associations, across Turkiye and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, under its umbrella, the Turkish Music Federation strives to contribute to national music policies, address the issues faced by music workers, and promote the development and dissemination of Turkish Music culture. The federation also organizes national and international festivals, competitions, concerts, and workshops to have a positive impact on the social and cultural fabric of the community. Its efforts as a non-governmental organization continue to benefit music culture and its practitioners in Turkey.