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Necati Çelik

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Necati Çelik

Stanford Visiting Artist
Lecturer (Spring 2022)
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Stanford Department of Music & The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies


Master-Musician Necati Çelik is a Lecturer in The Department of Music & The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies for the Spring 2022 session, thanks to the Stanford Visiting Artist Fund in Honor of Roberta Bowman Denning.

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, associate 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, and perform at Bing Concert Hall.

Photo by Burhan Üçkardeş