Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov,
MOINES) – The State Historical Museum’s
will screen the artful documentary, “Crossing
the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul,” this week
as part of its ongoing “Movies at the Museum”
The documentary follows a European musician and composer
who sets out to capture the musical diversity of Istanbul.
A lover of experimenting with sound, Alexander Hacke
(of the German avantgarde band Einstürzende Neubauten)
roams the streets of Istanbul with his mobile recording
studio and "magic mike" to assemble an inspired
portrait of Turkish music. His voyage leads to the
discovery of a broad spectrum ranging from modern
electronic, rock and hip-hop to classical "Arabesque".
As he wanders through this seductive world, Alex collects
impressions and tracks by artists such as neo-psychedelic
band Baba Zula, fusion DJs Orient Expressions, rock
groups Duman and Replikas, maverick rocker Erkin Koray,
Ceza (Turkey’s answer to Public Enemy), breakdance
performers Istanbul Style Breakers, digital dervish
Mercan Dede, renowned clarinetist Selim Sesler, Canadian
folk singer Brenna MacCrimmon, street performers Siyasiyabend,
Kurdish singer Aynur, the "Elvis of Arabesque"
Orhan Gencebay, and legendary divas Müzeyyen
Senar and Sezen Aksu.
The Turkish and German language of the film is translated
via English subtitles.
The Historical Museum will screen “Crossing
the Bridge” January 4 at 7 p.m. and January
6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at
or at the door.
Click on the following links for reviews in the Seattle
Times, New York Daily News, The Los Angeles Times
and The Village Voice:
Local dance troupe, Rainbows of the Desert, will
dance two Turkish choreographies in the building atrium
before the film and answer audience questions about
belly dancing afterwards.
The State Historical Society of Iowa is a trustee
of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate
for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies,
records, collects, preserves, manages and provides
access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual
mission of preservation and education serves Iowans
of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates
information, and encourages and supports historical
preservation and education efforts of others throughout
the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org
or call 515-281-5111 for more information.
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