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Turkish music concert LIVE! @Raindrop.

Turkish Classical Music Concert performed by University of Fatih Ensamble music group. Gazi Erkisi (Solist), Mehmed Kinik (Ud), Mehmet Erkara (Ney), Mehmet Camuzoglu (Kanun).

NEY: End-blown flute that figures prominently in Middle Eastern music. The ney has been played continuously for 4,500-5,000 years, making it one of the oldest musical instruments still in use. The ney consists of a piece of hollow cane or reed with five or six finger holes and one thumb hole. KANUN: It is a string instrument found in the 10th century in Farab in Iran. The name derives from the Greek word "κanon," which means rule, norm, principle. Its traditional music is based on Maqamat. UD: stringed musical instrument prominent in medieval and modern asian-european music. It was the parent of the European lute. The ʿud has a deep, pear-shaped body; a fretless fingerboard; and a relatively shorter neck and somewhat less acutely bent-back pegbox than the European lute.

(October 7th, 2012, San Antonio, TX)


Silk Road Festival is on the way!

Dear Friends,

Silk Road Festival is on the way!
The Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians in collaboration with
Raindrop Foundation are organizing Silk Road Festival on October 4-7, 2012
between 10:00 am. and 10:00 pm. at Stafford Center, 10505 Cash Rd.
Stafford, TX 77477.

Highlights will be:

Nowruz Spring Festival

Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians cordially invites you to the 
"Nowruz Spring Festival" in San Antonio on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 
from 6:30 pm to 10 pm at Raindrop Turkish House

Admission Fee: Free
Parking Free

Raindrop Turkish House
4337 Vance Jackson Rd.Ste#203, San Antonio, TX, 78230

Cuisines from Central Asia, Cultural Foods,doner (gyro), kofte (meat ball), 
Anatolian salad, dolma, sarma, baklava, pilaf and many foods
Mediterranean and Balkanic countries Shows and Performances 
Fun Games for Kids Competitions Folk Dances Live Music

Turkish people need your help! Strong Quake Shakes Eastern Part of Turkey

At 1:41 p.m. (5:41 a.m. CT) on Sunday, October 23, a quake with a magnitude of 7.2 hit Van province of Turkey near the border of Iran.

According to TRT, state-run network, 59 people were killed and 150 were injured in Ercis. 25 people were also killed in provincial capital also named Van. One other person was reported dead in Bitlis. However, officials fear that 1000 people may have been killed by the earthquake. We have received many calls and emails from the community expressing sympathy. We are very saddened by this disaster and extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to those who lost their loved ones. May God comfort them at this difficult time.

Book Signing with Jim Harrington



   The Raindrop Turkish House will organize a book signing event with Jim Harrington, Director of Texas Civil Rights Project and Adjunct Professor  at UT School of Law on September,17, 2011 at 10:00 Am. Mr.Harrington will give an overview of his book "Wrestling with Free Speech, Religious Freedom, and Democracy in Turkey"

     "From the Foreword: Harrington tells a story that illuminates two of the most important issues of our time. The way he tells the story and the sources on which he has relied represent the best kind of historical research and analysis. Jim Harrington is one my heroes for he has spent more than four decades in the struggle for human rights.

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