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Encore Series: Turkish Music Festival

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At the fourth annual Turkish Music Festival in September 2021, musicians from Hoppa Projectwith master clarinetist Ismail Lumanovsky, took our audience on a thrilling cultural tour of Turkey, showcasing the music of the Ottoman Empire from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea and from Georgia to Bulgaria. Here they perform “Tulum ve Kiremit Parçaları”, a traditional song from the Thracian region of Turkey.

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About Ismail Lumanovsky

The Extraordinary Clarinetist Ismail Lumanovsky is a musical force of passion and dynamic virtuosity. Already internationally renowned, Lumanovki launched an important career as a soloist and chamber musician in the classical and crossover repertoire. His synergistic blend of natural talent and training combines the spirit of folk music with the discipline of classical music.

He is a laureate of numerous competitions including: 1st prize at the 23rd, 24th and 25th Macedonian Clarinet Competition, the Juilliard Clarinet Concerto Competition, the International Competition for Young Artists in Bulgaria, the National Folk Music Competition in Macedonia and the of clarinet Andreas Makris. in Colorado. In addition, Lumanovski received the “Prize of Fine Arts” twice at the Academy of Arts in Interlochen. More recently, he won 1st prize in the Arriaga chamber music competition.

Born in Bitola, Macedonia, Lumanovski started playing the clarinet at the age of eight. He made his U.S. debut with Weber’s First Clarinet Concerto in Interlochen, Michigan in 2002. He holds a Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music degree from the Juilliard School of Music in New York, where he studied with Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima.

Lumanovski has had the privilege of performing with countless extraordinary musicians and orchestras including: Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Berklee Middle Eastern Fusion Ensemble, New Juilliard Ensemble, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Palestine Youth Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra and the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra. Lumanovski is also a master improviser and performer of Macedonian, Turkish and Gypsy music and is currently touring with the famed New York Gypsy All-Stars. This jazz-influenced fusion and folk music group exemplifies Lumanovski’s fantastic originality. His sound blends Balkan folk music and Western classical music with breathtaking dexterity, musicality and tenacity, giving his style a rewarding complexity.

About the Hoppa Project

Hoppa Project aims to promote music from Eastern Europe and the Middle East by performing music from the region with a wide range of styles from folk to newly commissioned contemporary music.

“Hoppa” is an exclamation commonly used in the region to say “Come on! Let’s go!” This is the attitude Hoppa feels is necessary to share what they love. Their goal is to expose people to a culture they may not be familiar with and also to bring strangers back abroad with music Hoppa Project brings together musicians trained in the West and the East to discover cultural connections.

Some of Hoppa Project’s recent events include an annual multi-day Turkish Music Festival in Houston, a series of Turkish and Australian music concerts to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the events at Gelibolu (Gallipoli) during World War I; and the Segâh Festival of Persian and Turkish Music, a multi-day festival held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to highlight the cultural relationship between these two regions.

Hoppa Project created and recorded Sornâ by Reza Vali (Folk Songs, Set No. 17) which is included in the album The old call released by Albany Records in 2016. Hoppa Project has collaborated with various artists such as clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski, Beth Bahia Cohen, Carpe Diem String Quartet, Del Sol String Quartet, Apollo Chamber Players, singer Ayşe Göknur Şanal and composers Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, Özkan Manav Önder Özkoç, Yiğit Kolat and Kamran İnce.

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Major support for performing arts programs comes from Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, Ellen Gritz and Milton Rosenau, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment, The Hearst Foundation Inc., The Brown Foundation Inc., Mary Lawrence Porter and the Anchorage Foundation of Texas. Generous funding also provided by AARP, The Clayton Fund, The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, Miller Theater Advisory Board. Additional support provided by The Wortham Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, United Airlines, The Southmore, and through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to providing exceptional programming and exhibitions at Asia Society Texas Center.

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