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Pleasant Street Books: Ocalan Suite

Update: Corrected Version

In the winter of 2018 Sonny Saul composed a four part suite for 
improvisation dedicated to Abdullah Ocalan. Ocalan is a political 
prisoner, held in solitary confinement on Imrali Island prison in 
Turkey, who, under these conditions has written books which have not 
only revolutionized Kurdish politics but influenced political thinking 
world wide. The music hopes to call attention to the unjust 
imprisonment,to the ideas of Ocalan, to the struggles of the Kurdish 
peoples, and to the inspirational women-led political revolution taking 
place in Northern Syria today.

Sonny and his son Quincy talk briefly about Ocalan and some of Ocalan’s 
ideas and influence prior to the music.