Presenting and Supporting Folk & Acoustic Music
in the Washington, DC Area

FocusMusic & the Jewish Islamic Dialogue Society Present SONiA disappear fear and Ertugrul Erkisi

  • Sunday, June 13, 2021
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


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Quirky and smart, a poet with a guitar, SONiA is a master of crafting songs that make you simultaneously want to dance, sing and change the world.” 
Georgia Voice, USA

One of the world's most successful LGBT singer songwriters, SONiA disappear fear (born Sonia Rutstein) is loved for her beautiful voice and songs that illuminate truth passionately delivered. Born in Baltimore and cruising relentlessly across the USA in the early 90s, SONiA has grown to be loved around the world. To see her is to believe her.

SONiA disappear fear released both a career-spanning retrospective album (Love Out Loud) and the composer's cut of her first musical (Small House No Secrets) in 2020. Her previous studio album was her highly anticipated 19th CD By My Silence in January 2019. Currently, SDF has 21 award winning CDs including first round Grammy entries. "Her songs are a vivid celebration of the human spirit in all its infinite manifestations", writes Don Kening Chicago Daily Herald, "her music has a singular sound that makes labeling and categorizing a waste of time."

Ertugrul Erkisi is a singer and composer of classical and Sufi Turkish music and is the Director of the Nirvana Music & Art School in the Greater Philadelphia Area. His albums include Safahat'tan Şarkılar and Teşekkür Ederim Allahım." 

Ertuğrul Erkişi is a renowned singer, composer, instrumentalist and producer of traditional Turkish classical and Sufi music. He’s performed on the Turkish Radio and Television station and has made more than 20 guest appearances on national and international television programs. In addition, he hosted his own music show on television and radio for many years.

Ertuğrul Erkişi has given concerts in the United States, Germany, Austria, Holland, İtaly, Cyprus, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, France, Italy, Switzerland, Tatarstan, Indonesia, Egypt, Romania and Belgium. Mr. Erkişi is also a prolific composer of music. His first album was published in 1994 at the age of 22. Since then, he has successfully published a total of 14 albums over the course of more than 20 years and has sung on 13 albums. He has also composed songs and albums for other professional singers for the past 18 years.

Mr. Erkişi has received several awards including the National Music Award, one of the most prestigious music awards in Turkey. He has sold over one million copies of his albums worldwide. He plays Turkish Picked Tambour, Oud and Bowed Tambour.

Currently, Ertuğrul Erkişi has been working on new compositions based on the poetry of Rumî.

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