Concerts & Events

Wednesday, November 18, 2015  ♦  8:30 PM

Aysenur Kolivar

World Music Wednesday

4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000

  • World Music Wednesdays

    A weekly showcase of world music and dance featuring the best local and touring talent! Most shows are Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM.

    Most World Music Wednesday concerts are free with a $10 suggested donation. TO GUARANTEE YOUR ENTRY MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE EITHER ONLINE OR BY CALLING THE BOX OFFICE AT 773.728.6000. Reservations unclaimed 10 minutes before showtime will be released to waiting patrons.

  • Turkish folk songstress Aysenur Kolivar, backed by an intimate ensemble, will take audiences on a captivating exploration of the musical soundscapes and traditions of her Black Sea heritage.

    Aysenur Kolivar was born in Cayeli, a town in the Black Sea region of northeastern Turkey. After her family moved to Izmit, Aysenur spent summers in her youth visiting her hometown to connect with the musical heritage of the Anatolian Black Sea culture. She later studied Turkish Language and Literature at Bogazici University in Istanbul and deepened her exploration of music and folklore with the Bogazici University Folklore Club.

    From 1993–2000, Aysenur's music career blossomed as a featured vocalist with Kardes Turkuler, a groundbreaking ensemble celebrated for interpreting Turkey's diverse cultural heritage. During this time she was also a soloist and backup vocalist in collaborations with noted Black Sea musicians Birol Topaloglu, Kazim Koyuncu, and Hikmet Aycicek.

    In 2001, Aysenur co-founded the Dalepe Nena (“Sisters' Voice”) women's music group. She is also a soloist and researcher with the Helesa Project, which collects and performs folk music from the Black Sea. A current PhD candidate in Musicology and Music Theory at Istanbul Technical University, where she also teaches Turkish language, Aysenur focuses her academic research on the cultures of the East Black Sea with an emphasis on women's culture.

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000