Necati Çelik is globally considered to be the foremost living master ud (fretless lute) musician, improviser and composer. He will be co-teaching a course with Denise Gill, assistant professor of ethnomusicology and of Islam and the arts, who is also a celebrated kanun (trapezoidal zither) player. Bringing an artist of Çelik’s skill level and international reputation fulfills the Department of Music’s commitment to non-Western music and allows Stanford to present the best of Ottoman, Anatolian and Turkish music to audiences. During his time on campus, Çelik will co-create a Stanford Ottoman Music Ensemble, conduct workshops at the Markaz Resource Center, and perform a newly-written composition at Bing Concert Hall in a recital with Denise Gill.
(photo by Burhan Üçkardeş)