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ABOUT US

Apricot Music and Art is an independent non-profit organization that promotes cross-cultural engagement between various communities with performing arts.

LAST CONCERT | “AŞKINA” | ASHKINAH-SAKINAH-SHALOM

We are so grateful to all those who joined us for this special sold-out evening dedicated to developing cross-cultural understanding and communication between the cultures of the Near East and beyond. The community turnout for such a unique program – in support of the important work being done by UNICEF USA for the children of Ukraine – was a wonder to behold.

Thank you to our partners Yunus Emre Institute and the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, as well as all our amazing soloists, collaborators, crew members and sponsors.

Aşkına: Ashkinah-Sakinah-Shalom will feature Sharon Farber’s Ashkina as well as the U.S. premiere of Turkish composer Ulvi Cemal Erkin’s piano concerto no. 1, world premiere of Erberk Eryılmaz’s arrangement of Hadesh Kekedem maftirim and a medley of Sephardic and Sufi tunes by Önder Özkoç.

Soloists include Turkish-American pianist Dr. Ayşe Taşpınar Gatenyo, Turkish ney/oud virtuoso Ömer Faruk Tekbilek, Persian-American vocalist Chloe Pourmorady, Syrian oud player Asher Levy, ethnic percussionist MB Gordy, guitarist Alfredo Schiftan, and Hazan Hayati Hayim Mizrahi of the Los Angeles Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel!

PROMOTING CULTURAL UNITY THROUGH PEACE AND LOVE!

AMA Askına

Aşkına: Ashkinah-Sakinah-Shalom will feature Sharon Farber’s Ashkina as well as the U.S. premiere of Turkish composer Ulvi Cemal Erkin’s piano concerto no. 1, world premiere of Erberk Eryılmaz’s arrangement of Hadesh Kekedem maftirim and a medley of Sephardic and Sufi tunes by Önder Özkoç.

Soloists include Turkish-American pianist Dr. Ayşe Taşpınar Gatenyo, Turkish ney/oud virtuoso Ömer Faruk Tekbilek, Persian-American vocalist Chloe Pourmorady, Syrian oud player Asher Levy, ethnic percussionist MB Gordy, guitarist Alfredo Schiftan, and Hazan Hayati Hayim Mizrahi of the Los Angeles Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel!

PROMOTING CULTURAL UNITY THROUGH PEACE AND LOVE!

 “Our goal is to share our personal experience through music and remind people that culture can be unique but also there can be many shared components at the same time.”

Dr. Ayşe Taşpınar Gatenyo, Founder of Apricot Music & Art

Aşkına: Ashkinah-Sakinah-Shalom will feature Sharon Farber’s Ashkina as well as the U.S. premiere of Turkish composer Ulvi Cemal Erkin’s piano concerto no. 1, world premiere of Erberk Eryılmaz’s arrangement of Hadesh Kekedem maftirim and a medley of Sephardic and Sufi tunes by Önder Özkoç.

Soloists include Turkish-American pianist Dr. Ayşe Taşpınar Gatenyo, Turkish ney/oud virtuoso Ömer Faruk Tekbilek, Persian-American vocalist Chloe Pourmorady, Syrian oud player Asher Levy, ethnic percussionist MB Gordy, guitarist Alfredo Schiftan, and Hazan Hayati Hayim Mizrahi of the Los Angeles Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel!

PROMOTING CULTURAL UNITY THROUGH PEACE AND LOVE!