"ANATOLIA expertly explores the traditions of Turkey and the Arab world." -The Boston Globe
ANATOLIA's debut anthology features eleven pieces which include both solo improvisations (taksim) as well as ensemble works (both vocal and instrumental), representing urban folk and traditional village music from different regions. The musicians of ANATOLIA perform on authentic Middle Eastern folk music instruments including kanun (zither), baglama (long neck lute, also known as saz), divan sazi (large baglama), ud (short neck lute, also known as oud), kaval (shepherd's flute), klarnet (clarinet), keman (violin), zurna (also known as mizmar), bandir (also known as deff), riqq (tambourine), mazhar (large tambourine), darbuka (dumbek), tabla, zills (finger cymbals) and vocals.
ANATOLIA is a western Massachusetts-based group of talented musicians whose love and dedication to Middle Eastern music has earned them wide acclaim from both ethnomusicologists and audiences at sold-out performances.
ANATOLIA's first CD Folk Songs and Dance Music of Turkey and the Arab World was released in 1996. Lost Songs of Palestine was released in February, 2001. Middle Eastern Songs and Dances for Children was released in 2005.