YORE in the Press
New York Critic's Choice: Anatolian Rhythms
New York – Hot on the heels of the massive success at the “Istanbulive: The Sounds & Colors of Turkey” at Central Park Summer Stage on June 27, 2009, seminal Turkish pop/folk/rock band MFO are coming back to the US for a 6-date tour across the nation. Mazhar Fuat Özkan (or MFO) has been an institution in Turkey for more than 30 years, although their roots can be traced all the way back to 1966, when Mazhar Alanson and Fuat Güner met over a mutual love of the Beatles. By the 1970s, with Özkan Ugur now among their ranks, MFÖ began their award-winning reign. With sentimental as well as humorous lyrics that speak to the lives of the Turkish people—and a richly harmonic folk-rock sound that has been compared to Crosby, Stills & Nash and Simon & Garfunkel Mazhar Fuat Özkan remains one of the most respected bands in Turkey. The MFO US tour is supported by Yeni Raki, the Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism and New York Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey as part of its ongoing efforts to promote Turkey as a destination country.. US tour is produced by Serdar Ilhan, veteran of the New York concert scene whose mission is to introduce the music of Turkey to America through event. , showcases and educational programs.
East Bay Express
by Rachel Swan
January 24, 2008
Critic's Choice: Anatolian Rhythms
"Most westerners couldn't locate the Anatolian peninsula on a map, let alone name its main exports -- the best of which, apparently, is a type of folk dance that combines rhythmic footwork with "shamanistic" ritual movements. Turkish-born folklorist and dance choreographer AhmetLüleci is out to mend that cultural rift. After years spent studying the dance steps of this region between the Black and Mediterranean seas, Lüceli went on to become artistic director of Boston's Collage Dance Ensemble, a group that combines traditional Anatolian movements with contemporary western choreography. Under Lüceli's tutelage, Collage has created a hybrid style with wide popular appeal. The group's new show, Anatolian Rhythms, will also feature performances by the Turkish dance troup Yöre. "
San Francisco Chronicle
by Michael Wade Simpson
June 22, 2004
Cultures blend perfectly at S.F. dance festival
"The Turkish dancers, the Yore Folk Dance Ensemble, may not have been very sea-oriented ("from Silifke, located between the Black and Mediterranean Seas"), but they illustrated an interesting cultural blend, with wooden spoon dances to music that sounded faintly like klezmer. The 14 dancers in headdresses, heavy, old-world costumes, boots and blousy pants, had some of the most interesting choreography on display. As Turkey itself is a blend of East and West, so was the dancing, with Middle Eastern rhythms but stomping, circling folk dances that resembled Western European forms."
Pleasanton Weekly
by Dolores Fox Ciardelli
March 05, 2004
Folk ensembles to present Turkish dancing at Amador Theater
"Journey to Turkey next week via the Grup Yore Folk Dance Ensemble, which will be performing at the Amador Theater. The Berkeley and Stanford-based group will be joined by dancers from Boston and from San Jose to present "Anatolian Spirit: The Journey of Dance."
"Folk dancing is part of the culture," said teacher and choreographer Cengiz Gulek, a native of Turkey whose day job is director of Assessment and Evaluation for the Pleasanton school district. "It tells you about the lifestyles of these people, how they dealt with nature, animals, the joy after harvest."
Turkey has many diverse ethnic groups, he explained, which means different dances that reflect their distinctive ways of life. "The Black Sea region has vertical mountains," said Gulek. "It's right by the sea so the people are mostly fishermen there. When you look at their dances you see the symbolization of gulls on the sea, and waves and fish." The Adiyaman region in the southeast is mostly mountains with a lot of agriculture. "Their dances symbolize events leading up to the harvest," said Gulek. The dances of the Thrace region, which is on the European continent, reflect the Balkan ethnic movements both in the dances and the costumes, he said. The program opens with Ciftetelli dances, which originated in Istanbul, where Europe and Asia meet. These derive from folk dances that were transformed into a form of entertainment for the sultans during the Ottoman Empire.
The Ottoman Empire was in place for 600-700 years, prior to Turkish independence in 1923, explained Gulek. The kings were called sultans as were their wives, he said, and the lady sultans would have parties with dancing. "They selected dancers who would dance for her - or with her - and a new dance form emerged," said Gulek. "It has a sense of joy and happiness, and is newer than the other forms."
Guest dancers from the Arkadash Turkish Folk Ensemble of San Jose will also perform, taking the audience to the Antep region in southeastern Turkey. Members of the Mavi Dance Company in Boston are taking part, too, combining traditional folk dance steps with modern stage techniques."
In chronological order:
USA turkish times 2005
USA Turkish Times (22 October 2005)
United Nations Association Midpeninsula - 2005

United Nations Association Midpeninsula  (August-September 2005)

Berkeley International Festival - 2005

Berkeley International Festival (16 April 2005)

Bridges to the East - 2004

Bridges to the East (21 November 2004)

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival - 2004

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival (19-20 June 2004)

San Mateo Times - 2004

San Mateo Times (11 June 2004)

Night Of All Nations - 2004

Night Of All Nations (26 April 2004)

Anatolian Spirit - 2004
Anatolian Spirit (14 March 2004)
Pleasanton Weekly - 2004

Pleasanton Weekly (5 March 2004)

Turkish American Association of California (TAAC) Newsletter - 2004

Turkish American Association of California (TAAC) Newsletter (January 2004)