Aşkina Ashkinah-Sakinah-Shalom

June 12, 2022 at 6:30 PM at The Gindi Auditorium

presented by the Yunus Emre Institute

Reception & Exhibition begin at 6:30 PM

Concert starts promptly at 7:30 PM

Yunus Emre Institute presents:



Promoting Cultural Unity Through Peace and Love

Aşkina will feature composers and works from Sephardic-Jewish, Turkish, and Arabic communities. The concert will use music as a bridge to develop cross-cultural understanding and communication between the cultures of the Near East and beyond.

Ticket proceeds from Aşkina will be donated to UNICEF USA in support of UNICEF’s emergency work for the children of Ukraine.

The full concert title, “Aşkina Ashkina – Sakinah – Shalom,” ties together words of unity from the cultures represented in the program: “Love” (Turkish) – “Peace/Serenity” (Arabic), and “the spirit of God” (Hebrew) – “Peace/Harmony” (Hebrew) – “Peace” (Arabic/Hebrew).

Soloists include Turkish-American pianist Dr. Ayşe Taşpınar Gatenyo, Turkish ney/oud virtuoso Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Persian-American vocalist Chloe Pourmorady, Syrian oud player Asher Levy, ethnic percussionist M.B. Gordy, guitarist Alfredo Schiftan, and more!

Join us on Sunday, June 12 at The Gindi Auditorium!


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Headshot of pianist Ayse Taspinar Gatenyo.

Dr. Ayşe Taşpınar Gatenyo

Pianist, Apricot Music & Art Founder

Headshot of Omer Faruk Tekbilek

Omar Faruk Tekbilek

Ney/Oud Player

Headshot of Chloe Pourmady

Chloe Pourmorady


Headshot of pianist Ayse Taspinar Gatenyo.

Asher Levy

Oud Player

Headshot of Omer Faruk Tekbilek

M.B. Gordy


Headshot of Chloe Pourmady

Fredy Schiftan



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