An album was released in October 2011 that opens our ears to sounds of the Ottoman Empire.

The album collects recordings of this type (emigre artists from the Ottoman Empire, recorded in New York) and of a vintage (as early as 1916) that I did not know existed.

Produced by Ian Nagoski, “To What Strange Place: The Music of the Ottoman-American Diaspora, 1916-1929,” is an album which collects tracks by Armenian, Greek and Turkish emigres to mostly New York.

Google "To What Strange Place" and you'll you'll come across sample tracks, links for buying the collection, from the label,, or from Amazon or others.

Linked below is an excellent 9 minute documentary featuring the producer, Ian Nagoski. Watching it reminded me of how my tribe of high school friends felt on discovering African recordings in the mid-1970s.

For more information, in October 2011 The Armenian Weekly interview Nagoski. The interview is followed by interesting comments by him and others. For that, go here:
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