The gate to the East

Constantinople & Marco Beasley

A full moon on a Monday during a music festival dedicated to the moon: that has to mean this concert will be a special one. The famous early music ensemble Constantinople from Canada will be celebrating its twentieth anniversary in St. Rumbold's Cathedral in Mechelen. With master singer Marco Beasley, the musicians turn their ears to the lands of the crescent moon and open the gates to the East, with a 17th century manuscript by Albert Bobowski aka Ali Ufki. This collection, compiled at the Ottoman court in Constantinople, built artistic bridges between many different cultures.

Stefano Rocco, theorbe & baroque guitar
Fabio Accurso, lute
Didem Basar, kanun
Pierre-Yves Martel, viola da gamba
Miren Zeberio, baroque violin
Patrick Graham, percussion
Kiya Tabassian, sitar, voice & direction
Marco Beasley, voice

20:15 — 22:00

Saint Rumbold's Cathedral, Onder-den-toren 12, Mechelen


50% full moon
30% world music
20% magic

Music of Ali Ufki, Claudio Monteverdi, Sultan Korkut, Barbara Strozzi and others