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Kudsi Erguner spent his childhood in the Sufi gathering places of Istanbul, mastering the reed flute of the Turkish Mevlevi tradition; and his adulthood roaming the world, performing with the likes of Peter Brook, Jean-Michel Jarre and Peter Gabriel.
The collision of the vanishing Sufi traditions and the burgeoning ‘world music’ scene is beautifully evoked here, as Kudsi interweaves recollections from his childhood with his experiences in showbiz.
A remarkable memoir of a musician at the crossroads of East and West.
About the Author
Kudsi Erguner has performed throughout the world, working with such artists as Peter Gabriel, Maurice Béjart, Peter Brook and Didier Lockwood. He lives and works in Paris as a musician, composer, musicologist, teacher, author and translator.
‘I much enjoyed Kudsi Erguner’s autobiography … which gives a wonderful picture of the trials of being a Sufi devotee in the early years of the Turkish republic after the banning of the Sufi orders.’
William Dalrymple, Sunday Herald
‘Whatever revival [of Sufi music] there is will be largely thanks to Erguner and his colleagues. He’s excellent at bridging the gap between the East and West and the ironies it throws up.’
‘Erguner is the real thing, and this is an invaluable production.’