The Istanbul Historical Turkish Music Ensemble: A Khalwatiya ritual in memory of God

One belief permeates the lives of the Sufi: God is ever present amongst humans. In a symbolic ceremony of remembrance, men first sit in a circle that recalls the original union between man and God. A second part symbolises the human adventure, as participants rise, hold hands, and slowly make the circle rotate, echoing the circular motion of physical matter. They continue their circular dance as the tempo accelerates. During Sufi Night, the ceremony will be performed by the Turkish Historical Music Ensemble, an internationally renowned group of about 40 performers directed by Ömer Tuğrul İnançer, and one of the specialists of Turkish musical heritage.