Free Concert at Willamette March 11 at 7 p.m.

As part of his world concert tour, Turkish musician and scholar Latif Bolat will give a free public concert Thursday, March 11, at 7 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of the Hatfield Library at Willamette University.

These concerts include music, poetry, Sufi stories and images from the ancient land of Turkey. Bolat plays Turkish folk music and devotional Sufi songs which are called Ilahi and Nefes, from the Anatolian peninsula. The lyrics of Ilahis or Nefeses are taken largely from the 13th century mystic poets Rumi and Yunus Emre.

One of the most well-known Turkish musicians in the U.S, Bolat possesses a vast repertoire, ranging from Sufi devotional songs and Turkish folk music to classical pieces. His performances draw on ancient texts and employ traditional instruments such as the baglama (long necked lute), oud and ney flute.

Bolat composed the music for the soundtrack of the PBS documentary: "Mohammed: Legacy of a Prophet" and the George Lucas's film "Young Indiana Jones."

For more information, contact Pamela Moro at or 503-370-6645.