Kemenche Musician

8th Dec 2023 , 1:15pm - Library Atrium and Children’s Library, Katharine St, Croydon CR9 1ET

Explore the enchanting world of the classical kemenche with passionate musician, Emine Betul Kilinc

The classical kemenche, a pear-shaped bowed instrument, has historical significance. Widely used by Greek immigrants from Asia Minor, it played a pivotal role in classical Ottoman music, becoming the principal bowed instrument in the mid-19th century.

Played in the downright position, the kemenche is either rested between both knees or on one knee when sitting. The bow, called “yay” in Turkish and “doksar” in Greek, is essential for creating beautiful melodies. Strings are stopped by touching them on the side with the nails, contributing to the distinctive sound of the classical kemenche.

This event is a highlight within the “This is Croydon” programme, featuring festive activities coordinated by local community organisations and multi-faith groups under the theme ‘A Very Croydon Christmas‘. For more details, visit this link.

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