“100 Countries 100 Turkish Folk Songs” at the LLRC
For approximately two hours, Ozdemir played his favorite songs and shared the meaning with the audience. In hopes to introduce the rest of the world to traditional Turkish-mystic folk music, Ozdemir said he and a few friends plan to travel to 100 countries to both learn about other cultures and share an aspect of their culture, the Saz. Turkish-mystic folk music is a genre of music derived from the Anatolia region. This music features a guitar-like instrument, the saz. Also known as the bağlama, the saz produces acoustic music that is often accompanied by vocals which describe the meaning of life.
With help and support from Paulina Dzieza, manager of Loyola’s Language Learning Resource Center (LLRC), Turkish undergraduate student Ayse Gulsen and her friends were able to host the event and order traditional Turkish delights and dishes. This event was reported by sophomore Multimedia Journalism student Guilianna Larson.