These New York-based ensembles are leading exponents of performing arts born from more than a thousand years of historical interaction between Persian and Turkic cultures. Ahmet Erdogdular has been hailed as his generation’s premier performer of Ottoman Turkish vocal tradition. Ensemble Shashmaqam is a group of Central Asian Jewish and Muslim musicians and dancers, masters of the courtly arts of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Rubab (lute) virtuoso Quraishi represents Afghanistan’s Pashto tradition. From the shores of the Black Sea, fiery violinist Nariman Asanov and the New York Crimean Tatar Ensemble perform the traditional music and dance of the Crimean Tatars.