Göçmen Renkler: Garo Altinian and Friends


About Garo Altinian:
Born in Turkey of Armenian origin, Garo Altinian has made Canada his home for more than forty years. He lived in Toronto for the most part and has also lived in Montreal and Vancouver. He now resides in Ottawa. Garo has been composing, singing and playing inspirational and devotional music for more than twenty years. His music has roots in the Sufi and Vedic traditions as well as the influences of western folk music.
Over the past decade, Garo has been concentrating on the teachings and the writings of Mewlana Jalal’uddin Rumi. Inspired by the ageless wisdom of the great master, he has turned a number of Rumi poems into music. Combining the instruments of the east and west, his music produces unique, meditative, and contemplative melodies.

His repertoire consists of original compositions sung in both English and Turkish.
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Poems from the concert:

Sen ve Ben (You and I)
(Turkish)
Ben bende değil, sende de hem sen, hem ben,
Ben hem benimim, hem de senin, sen de benim,
Bir öyle garip hale bugün geldim ki
Sen benmisin, bilmiyorum, ben mi senim
Eng:
I am not in I, nor you are in you or me.
I am both mine and yours and you are mine.
What a peculiar state I find myself in today,
I don’t know if I am you or you are me.
…….
Yedi Öğüt – Seven Lessons
(Turkish)
Cömertlikde, yardım etmede, Akar su gibi ol
Şefkât ve merhametde, Güneş gibi ol
Başkalarının kusurunu örtmede, Gece gibi ol
Hiddet ve asabiyetde, Ölü gibi ol
Tevazuda ve alçak gönüllülükde, Toprak gibi ol
Herşeyi hoş görmede, Deniz gibi ol
Ya olduğun gibi görün
Ya göründüğün gibi ol
Eng:
With generosity and helpfulness, Be like the flowing water
With compassion and forgiveness, Be like the shining sun
When seeing faults in others, Be like the hidden night
When angered and irritated, Be like a corpse
In humility and modesty, Be like the mother earth
In tolerance and patience, Be like the eternal ocean
Either appear as you are
Or be as you appear

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Göçmen Renkler: Gökçe Erkan

Born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1960, Gökçe emigrated to Canada in 1977.
His education: Queen’s University: B.A. (Hon) with a major in Film Studies. June 1982, Kingston, ON.
St. Lawrence College of Arts, Kingston ON. Several courses in photography 1979-81.
Ryerson University: Large Format Photography courses.1990,Toronto, ON
Sony Video Workshops: Basic Production.1992, Toronto, ON
Gökçe has been traveling and photographing landscapes and historic sites in
different countries for many years. He seeks to share his passion for his art and the
world around him by exhibiting his work.
Gökçe is also a founding member of “Canadian Turkish Media Association”, a not for
profit corporation which produces a weekly Turkish language program, TURKUAZ TV,
for OMNI Television.
He has been a volunteer producer and videographer since the program started
broadcasting in 2003. He has been on the board of directors for the last four years.
www.turkuaz.ca

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Göçmen Renkler: Ruhi Tuna

 

Ruhi TUNA, Azerbaycanlı heykeltıraş, ressam ve şaiirdir. O sanatı yaşadı, sanatı aşk edip, sanatla mücadele etti. Onun gerçek hocası gözleridir.
Güzel görmek yeteneğini öğrendi ve işe koyuldu, yürek gözleriyle çalışmaya başladı. Ruhi TUNA, sanatı insan için istiyor; insanı sanat için değil. Dünyasında sanatçı bağımsızdır, istediği yöntemlere boya ve şekillerle çizim yapar; gerçeklere bağlı değil. Onun özellikleinden biri de zorluklar karşısında direnmektir. Defalarca yere vuruldu, ama yine kalkmasını bildi. Yaşama gayesi bellidir. Yaşayışı sanatından farklı değildir. Kendisini topluma karşı sorumlu ve görevli bilmektedir. Atolyesine aldığı gençleri, para karşılığında yetiştirmiyor, onlara sevgiyle çizmeyi; belki aşkın kendisini öğretiyor.

Bita Mohammadi / 31 May 1998 ( İsfahan’lı tarihçi, şair ve yazar )Ruhi-Pics-2