For this workshop Dolunay will present Turkish and Rumeli songs.  This music is based in a system of musical modes known as makam and each day will open with a makam theory workshop focusing on the makam that the song(s) to be presented that day are based in.  


Workshop attendees will then have the option of focusing in on an instrument of choice.  Ud, violin, percussion and voice workshops will be given separately for each song. We will all come together again at the end of the day to play through the music we have learned that day as a group.  If you do not play one of these four instruments you are still welcome to attend the workshop!


Sheet music will be provided for each song.  In the melodic classes we will focus on understanding how each melody works and look especially at the nuances that make each melody unique.   In the rhythm class we will focus not only on specific rhythms for songs but also on how an understanding of the melody ultimately influences the way the way the rhythm is played for each song.


Musicians and singers of all levels welcome!  No experience necessary.


Dolunay is:

Jenny Luna - vocals, percussion

Adam Good - ud

Eylem Basaldi - violin




A Tentative Schedule

Friday and Saturday:
9:30-10:30am - Makam Theory Workshop 
10:30 - 11:30am - vocal workshop and violin or ud workshop (separate rooms)
11:30 - 1:30pm - lunch
1:30 - 2:30pm - percussion workshop and violin or ud workshop
2:30 - 3:30pm - everyone comes together to play through the tune(s) we have taught that day
7:30 pm - Dolunay in Concert

9:30 - 10:30am - Makam Theory Workshop
10:30 - 11:30am - We play through all the tunes we've taught over the weekend.


With a musical vision that is at once ethereal and grounded, Dolunay flirts with the soundscape of the ancient Ottomans, tracing its migration through Balkan villages, coaxing it across seas and oceans, and grafting it onto a Brooklyn-based backdrop. The trio infuses classic and contemporary traditions with an urban grit that can only be found in New York City’s confluence of musical and cultural forces. With an array of original compositions offered alongside renditions of Turkish and Rumeli standards, the music of Dolunay (Turkish for “full moon”) offers listeners an escape from the press of city life. By the light of the moon, bits of the Rumeli soul mingle with the diverse musical and linguistic influences of members Eylem Basaldi, Adam Good, and Jenny Luna.

Since 2012, Dolunay has lured audiences with an approach to Turkish and Rumeli musical traditions that pays homage to the diverse musical roots of the Balkan region. Rumeli, a term encompassing the diverse landscapes of Southeastern Europe once under Ottoman influence, evokes a musical mosaic that is enriched by centuries of cultural encounters that traverse the boundary between East and West. Dolunay continues this tradition of musical alchemy as they share their unique interpretations of these works. The music is based in a system of musical modes known as makam, and features songs about people’s homes, their families and lovers, their villages, and overcoming life’s familiar challenges—aspects of everyday life that create a sense of identity against the backdrop of history and the sweep of the mountains.

Jenny Luna (voice, percussion)

Adam Good (ud, tambura)


Eylem Basaldi (violin)