Music Beyond Borders: A Guitar & Oud Harmony


Yunus Emre Institute – London is hosting a concert taking a fresh look at the interaction between Eastern and Western musical culture, featuring Guitarist Julia Seibert, Oudist Baha Yetkin, and percussionist Muammer Sağlam.


Performing compositions from Turkish and Western musical cultures, Yunus Emre Institute in London is delighted to organise the “Music Beyond Borders: A Guitar & Oud Harmony” on Thursday 17th February 2022, 7 pm. This cross-cultural concert will feature a trio of excellent musicians including Guitarist Julia Seibert, Oudist Baha Yetkin and the Percussionist Muammer Sağlam. Bringing together two musical traditions to forge a cultural bridge between two worlds, this concert hopes to bring people together through music.

Music, like many elements that make up culture, thrives on cultural encounters and is enhanced by new inspirations. Both Turkish and Western musical traditions are immensely complex and share as many elements as they contrast. Influencing and inspiring each other for centuries, when the two traditions are combined, the results can be breathtaking.

By taking a fresh look at the interaction between Eastern and Western musical culture, the concert will entice fans of both traditions while showing that e experience of culture and our lived experiences are not bound by borders but sing in harmony.


Date: Thursday, 17th February 2022

Doors opens: 6:30 pm (UK Time)  

Concert start: 7:00 pm (UK Time) 

Venue:  Yunus Emre Enstitüsü – London, 10 Maple St, London W1T 5HA

Cost: £5

Julia Seibert (Guitar):

Julia Seibert, born in 1999, is a German guitarist currently studying in her fourth year of her bachelor’s degree in music. She was born and raised in Istanbul and has also lived in the United States, where she studied with Piotr Pakhomkin. She studied towards her bachelor’s degree in classical guitar at the Hanns Eisler conservatoire in Berlin, working with Eugenia Kanthou, and is currently studying at Trinity Laban in London with Graham Devine.

Besides her solo work, Julia plays in a guitar trio and in a duo with a flautist. She won the prize for Best Interpretation at the 2018 Beatty Competition and is the recipient of the 2021 Montagu Cleeve prize for guitar. Besides classical music, Julia also plays electric guitar in bands.


Baha Yetkin (Oud):

Turkish oud player and composer Baha Yetkin grew up in Istanbul, the melting pot of European and Middle Eastern musical cultures. This is reflected in his methodically-written compositions, which are an amalgamation of improvisations based on Istanbul music and the complex rhythmic structures of Middle Eastern music, all with an emotional, meditative and spiritual undertone.

Baha Yetkin has 2 albums; The Pearl (2019), The Turkish Oud (2020) and 3 singles; Emperian (2019), Shine Again (2020), Tears of The Pearl (2020). He has been teaching oud and Turkish makam (modal) music since 2003. He has been performing in the UK since 2015 with his groups.


Muammer Saglam (Percussion):

Turkish percussionist Muammer Sağlam was born in Trabzon but moved to London at a young age. Since then, he has been performing with many musicians around the UK and has been involved in cultural documentaries with both the BBC and ITV. He plays world percussions such as; cajón, charms and cymbals as well as Middle Eastern percussions such as darbuka, frame drum and req.

As a synthesis of East & West, this concert offers a unique for music lovers to experience both commonalities and contrasts of Eastern & Western music and to forge a cultural bridge between them. Join us for an evening of music and refreshments as we travel across borders with musical flow, crossing the East-West lines and back again.