|The CUNY Middle Eastern Music Ensemble
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The CUNY Middle Eastern Music Ensemble was established in 2008 under the direction of Ozan Aksoy. The Ensemble includes CUNY students, staff and faculty who share an interest in performing Middle Eastern music. Members comprise trained musicians and novices who are eager to learn the musical traditions of Arab, Turkish, Greek, Ladino, Armenian, Kurdish and other peoples in the region. The Ensemble holds rehearsals at the Graduate Center where they are instructed in the basics of folk, popular, classical and other repertoires. They use recordings, notations, and text transliterations. The Ensemble seeks to portray the multicultural nature of the region and emphasizes commonalities among the diverse groups.