Turk­ish de­light: Latif Bo­lat

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“Heal­ing Sound of Turk­ish Mys­tic Mu­sic” is the ap­pro­pri­ate head­ing at the top of Latif Bo­lat’s home page. The Turk­ish mu­si­cian, who plays Gig Per­for­mance Space on Thurs­day, Nov. 3, spe­cial­izes in his coun­try’s an­cient devo­tional mu­sic, sing­ing and ac­com­pa­ny­ing him­self on the baglama ,a long-necked Turk­ish lute, in a style that is both soul­ful and mes­mer­iz­ing. The fo­cus of his 1997 al­bum In­fi­nite Be­gin­ning: Devo­tional Songs of Turkey was songs re­lat­ing to a tra­di­tional Sufi prac­tice called zikr (re­mem­brance of God). Bo­lat, a na­tive of the Mediter­ranean city of Mersin, Turkey, has a de­gree in folk­lore and mu­sic at Gazi Univer­sity in Ankara and an MBA from San Fran­cisco State Univer­sity. The Nov. 3 con­cert at Gig Per­for­mance Space, 1808 Sec­ond St., be­gins at 7:30 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $20. See www.gigsantafe.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

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