San Francisco World Music Festival 2008 Focuses on Global Reeds

Birol Topaloglu
Birol Topaloglu
The theme of this year’s San Francisco World Music Festival will be "The Reeds Give Way to the Wind." In many cultures throughout the world, the reed is significantly symbolic. Although a seemingly delicate plant, it has the ability to withstand and endure the most brutal storms. It is a timely symbol of endurance in the face of the regional and global challenges that our species on this planet are facing. The festival will take place in November 2008.

This year’s festival programming will feature various reed instruments, such as accordion, suona, and sheng, from several cultures, including Azerbaijani, Chinese, Italian, and Laz. The centerpiece of this year’s festival, which will premiere at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center on November 21st, will be a new Door Dog commissioned stage work called, "The Reeds Give Way to the Wind."

The festival commission will feature master reed artists including Birol Topaloglu (tulum/guda) from the Laz region of Turkey, Zhang Yu (suona) and Wan Peng Guo (sheng) from China, Rahman Asadollahi (garmon) from Azerbaijan, and Riccardo Tesi (melodeon) from Italy, plus Romany musician Rumen Sali Shopov (percussion) from Bulgaria.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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