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Music Village 2022 Workshop-Seminar Titles and Contents

13-18 August
Arslan HAZRETİ
Arslan Hazreti( Aler) was born in Tabriz, Iran in 1976. He started to learn kamancha at the age of thirteen and took mugham lessons from Cavit Murtezaoglu. The artist, engaging in the Iran and Azerbaijan culture simultaneously, have found the opportunity to internalize the mughams and traditional musics of both regions. When he was 18 years old, he took part in an professional competition in International Fajr Festival where he participated with a kamancha of his own production and came first across the famous Iranian professionals. In final stage of festival, he performed with masters such as Nosret Fateh Ali Khan and Aghakhan Abdullayev. He produced the first five- stringed kamancha in 1996 and with this kamancha he went to the Baku and took kamancha lesson from Masters like Fahrettin Dadaşov and AdaletVezirov. He has been living in Istanbul since 2004. He took part in various projects. Some of these projects are The Way It Is, Virtuosi and CavitMurtezaoğlu, Orrient Expressions, String and Skin. Also he worked with well-known artists such as Susan Deyhim, AynurDoğan, Richard Horowitz, YurdalTokcan, VamikMemmedaliyev, YinonMuallem, ŞirinPancaroğlu, FeryalÖney.
He signed the projects called Meşk-I Kamança and Meşk-i Yay. He gave duet concerts with artists such as İmamyar Hasanov and DeryaTürkan under this projects. He has established a workshop and made variousstylistic studies on production of kamancha there. He has enriched the instrument by developing different methods for intonation and using the instrument. As well as five-stringed kamancha he has brought some types of kamancha such as bass kamancha, baritone kamancha and kabak kamancha to the family of kamancha.
He has developed distinctive techniques about education of kamancha. These techniques bases on knowing the anatomy of the body well and integrating the body and instrument (saz). Therefore this can be summarized as high performance with low energy. He gives kamancha lessons at all stages from basic level to master level with these special techniques. Also he gives lessons on Azerbaijani and Iranic modals (mugham)
Workshop Title: Kamancha and Kemane
Description: The Kamancha and Kemane seminar will begin with Arslan Hazrat's own special method, starting from the beginner level, by discussing issues such as posture, sitting positions, bow holding and correct use of the muscles while playing the instrument, and will continue with melodic rehearsals. Since the correct placement of the basic positions is important in the instrument as in every learning method, it is aimed to make rapid progress for the participants in this seminar.
Prof. Dr. F. Belma OĞUL
She completed her undergraduate studies in BU Sociology Department and IU AUZEF Department of Philosophy, her master's degree in Turkish Folk Dances at ITU, her doctorate in Musicology and Music Theory. She still works as a faculty member in ITU TMDK Musicology Department. She has various studies in the field of music/sound and dance/body within the framework of identity, migration, space, emotions/affections, ecology and post-human, and field studies, especially in the Balkans and Thrace region. Since its establishment in 2008, she is an active member of the ICTM Working Group on Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe. She has been playing various percussion instruments in the Ritimkollektif ensemble since 2016.
Seminar Title: Bosnian Music
Birol TOPALOĞLU
Birol Topaloğlu was born in 1965 in Rize (A city in Black Sea Region of Turkey). He graduated from the Middle East Technical University- Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department and worked in this field for a while, and afterwards he focused on his works of music. He quit his job to play traditional Black Sea music. He began playing bağlama at the age of 10, but he started playing traditional Black Sea instruments like tulum and kemençe in the upcoming years. As well as playing, he contributed to the Black Sea music culture by his compilations. He played in eight different albums and participated in many festivals and concerts both in country and abroad. He continues his works in Arhavi. (A district in Black Sea region).
Workshop Title: Traditional Black Sea Region Music
Description: Birol Topaloğlu will share his experiences which he has gone through during his works of compilation of Laz music and also carry out presentations regarding local voice technics, Eastern Black Sea Region musical language and cultural diversity. He will explain bağlama’s effects on Black Sea music in tulum and kemençe workshop as well as he will carry out a session on horon (Traditional Black Sea Region dance). He will share some of his private compilations which are from Trabzon, women’s voice recordings from Kizirnos (Kayacık) Village.
Cemil QOÇGİRİ
Cemîl Qocgîrî was born in 1980 in Germany. He met the tenbûr (three-stringed / Pîr instrument) at the age of 12 and started playing on the stage from the age of 16. Concentrating more on the mystical aspect of Tenbûr, He started to work on the formation of the musical styles of Mesopotamian culture and beliefs. In addition, he took part as an instrumentalist and arranger/arranger both in his own albums and in the albums of different artists. The artist crossed paths with Mikaîl Aslan in 1998, and in 2010, together with Günter Bozem and Mikaîl Aslan, Kreativa e.V. He founded his association, and then in 2013, the "Weltmusikakademie - World Music Academy" in Mainz, Germany, offering countless students a framework that unites Mesopotamian culture and world music, and started to give lessons. He founded Tenbûrxane in 2012 and brought to life a tradition that had sunk into oblivion, by trying to purify the way to the resources. Since 2017, together with Eda Tanses, they have been carrying out Tenbûr Workshops in many parts of the world. With Tenbûrxane, which has more than 200 students across Europe, they are entrusting a tradition that has sunk into oblivion to new generations. In addition to local playing techniques, they introduce these workshops, which are based on the history of the instrument, its production stages from past to present, different rhythm techniques and meaning, importance and playing techniques in different parts of the world, with concerts across Europe.
Workshop Title:Tanbur Workshop
Description: Tenbûrxane Tenbûratölyesi conveys the meaning, importance and playing styles in different parts of the world, based on the history of Tenbûr from past to present, the unique rhythm, technique and playing styles of different regions. In addition to the theoretical content, it aims to bring the participant together at a common point in a short time, to be one breath and to reach forty to one like a beehive. The workshop is divided into two groups according to the participant, according to the student with or without experience on the instrument, and the lessons are given according to the level.
Chrysanthi GKIKA
Born in Athens in 1996, Chrysanthi Gkika studied the classical piano and Greek traditional folk music and dances as a child, and began playing the kemence of Istanbul at the age of 13 under the instruction of Stratis Psaradellis, Sokratis Sinopoulos and Derya Turkan. She is a graduate student of the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki and has received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the Department of Music Science and Art specializing on studies on Istanbul kemence and Greek Traditional Music.From 2016 she has been teaching the kemence in several conservatories in Greece and offering workshops for Labyrinth Musical Workshop and Labyrinth Online. Chrysanthi has collaborated with renowned musicians and ensembles throughout the world including Ross Daly, Kudsi Erguner, Sokratis Sinopoulos, Efren Lopez, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Greek Radio Television Symphony Orchestra and others.
Workshop Title: Greek repertoire of Istanbul and Asia Minor
Description: This workshop will focus on examining and applying the folk repertoire of the Greek population living in Istanbul and Anatolia until the 20th century, and especially Greek songs and rhythmic instrumental melodies. Since it is a seminar open to all instruments, emphasis will be placed on both melodic/modal and rhythmic analysis of each melody that the group will play.
Etibar ASADLİ
He was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and also got his first education there. Due to his desire of music, he started to attend piano lessons when he was just 5 years old. Then he entered the Secondary Music School named after Bulbul in 1998. After 11 years education of classic piano, he entered Baku Music Academy to the faculty of musical composition. During this time period, he was successfully performing at Baku Jazz Festivals and European Jazz Festivals. He participated in various projects in the United States, England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, Turkey, Korea, China and other countries. He currently lives in Paris, France and graduated from the famous French Jazz Education Center CMDL (Center des Musique Didier Lockwood). He also participated in various projects with famous French stars. He got nominated as a winner of Grand-Prix by constructing Azerbaijan Folklore song ``Sari Gelin`` in Russia at the ``Student Spring`` music festival in 2011. He released his first album named ``Projects`` in 2017. He proudly presents Azerbaijani National Music and Mughams to the European audience. At the same time, he amazed audience with his splendid performances in the famous festivals as “Baku Jazz Festival” "Montreux Jazz Festival", "Les 2 Mondes" festival, "JazzyColors", “Buta Art”, “Ethno Jazz Kiev” “Lviv Jazz Festival” “Colmar Spring Music Festival”. Beside all these, Etibar brought a number of innovations to Azerbaijan music. He created first virtual instruments (Virtual instruments Pack) by electricizing all national musical instruments of Azerbaijan. By the help of this Virtual Instrument Pack, it is possible to play any musical instrument electronically, to play those sounds virtually in arrangements, film music and live concerts. Next innovation which he has brought to music was to tune Natural piano to the National Mughams of Azerbaijan, and create a new instrument called ``Microtonal Piano``. By the help of this new piano, you can play only the special sounds in mughams, such as kamancha, tar, oud, tutek, balaban, zurna and so on. It is possible to play micro sounds on this new piano. This was the next step taken on the way of bringing Azerbaijani mughams to the world audience with its natural voices. He was one of the first performers who adapted Azerbaijan National Mugham to various types of electronic music. Such as, he worked on Dubstep, HipHop, Deep House, Electronic, Experimental and Progressive genres and presented his new project called ``Who cares`` in 2018. Etibar also, has a number of co-operations with Jazz stars who are famous all over the world. Here an example of them; outstanding Gospel, Liz Mc Comb who is meant to be the diva of Gospel and Jazz world, Alim Gasimov whose voice was included to the list of 10 best voices of the world, the most famous bassists of the Jazz world Munir Hossn, Linley Marthe, Teymur Phell, Chris Jennings, Turkish clarinetist Husnu Shanlandirici, Misirli Ahmet (Perkussiya), Lionel Cordev (Drums), Ofri Nehemya (Drums), Tom İbarra (Guitar), Naissam Jalal (Nay,Flute) and others can be mentioned.
Workshop Title: Jazz, Mugam and More - Traditional Music and the World
Description: Etibar Asadli is an internationally experienced artist who beautifully conveys modern jazz, mugam and electronic genres to the world audience. In the workshop, topics such as today's music, modern artist and his life, philosophy of thought, folk music, jazz, mugam, microtonal piano will be discussed. Finally, the Azerbaijani folk song "Qara qaşın vəsməsi" will be studied and performed together.
İberya ÖZKAN MELAŞVİLİ
He is the member of a Georgian family which moved to Anatolia more than one century ago. Born in Nazilli, 1956. He studied in Mimar Sinan University Master Architecture department. He was aware about how to keep the Georgian Music alive in the times that Georgian Music was about to be forgotten by Georgians who were living in Turkey, for that he started the projects such as Kafdağı Music Communities. Later on, he worked on the creation of Maçahela Elders Choir and he had the chance to bring Georgian folk songs to light which were forgotten for a long while. "Georgian Art House" was his dream project ever and he planted its first seeds in 2011. Since then, Georgian Art House is not only a place for musical events; but also a school for painting, dance, traditional and classical instruments, also a "home" that anyone can learn Georgian language.
Workshop Title:Traditional Polyphonic Georgian Music, Panduri, Salamuri and Polyphonic Georgian Melodies Workshop
Description:İberya ÖZKAN MELAŞVILI, known for his deep researches on Georgian and Caucasian Music for many years, besides his seminar titled Traditional Polyphonic Georgian Music, Bursa İnegöl Hayriye Village ( and Artvin Borcka Maçaheli (Camili) Valley (continued) old people's choirs will make presentations. In addition, a workshop will be held on Polyphonic Georgian Melodies with panduri (string) and salamiri (wind), which are ancient traditional Georgian instruments, which will also include guitar and accordion.
Mehmet Günay ESER
Mehmet Günay Eser was born in 1992, in Mersin, Tarsus. Eser who graduated from Samsun Ondokuz Mayıs University Music Deparment in 2015, made some surveys on music in different regions of Anatolia, principally in Çukurova. He made presentations on the technics of bağlama in different universities. Mehmet Günay who has an extensive interest in harmonics has many compositions including Üçtelli, bağlama, piano, violin, four violins and orchestra. He carried out workshops and gave concerts to the participants coming both from abroad and different cities of Turkey in 2017 Music Village of which he is the general art director. He is the general art director of Üçtelli Quartet with which he visited Jeonju and Seoul in Sout Korea and this quartet took Üçtelli to abroad for the first time.
Workshop Title: Traditional Üçtelli Baglama Playing Technics
Description: In his üçtelli workshop, Mehmet Günay ESER is going to carry out works for participants of all levels. The morphological structure of üçtelli bağlama, tuning systems, right and left hand techniques and local performing techniques are going to be studied. At the same time, various works will be carried out according to the level of the participant group about polyrhythmic melodies with üçtelli. Different exercises will be done for all participants in the workshop from basic to advanced level.
Merih AŞKIN
Merih Aşkın is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and vocalist. His first contact with music was his meeting with baglama in Elazığ, where he spent his childhood. The strong relationship he established with this instrument caused him to understand and perform the types of music performed in Anatolia. After many years, he gave his place to the guitar and fretless guitar. Having met Erkan Oğur, the musician has worked with a master musician on fretless guitar and executive music for 3 years. In the same years, he also worked on jazz and Anatolian Music. In 2012, he started his graduate education at ITU Turkish Music State Conservatory Musicology Department. At this school, he studied Jazz Theory and Makam Music with musicians such as Nail Yavuzoğlu. In 2013, his first album "SIRET" was released by KALAN MÜZİK, one of the most important record companies in Turkey. In this album, he had the opportunity to work with very important musicians such as Erkan Oğur, Derya Türkan, Ayşe Tütüncü, Volkan Hürsever, Murat Aydemir, Cenk Erdoğan, Ercüment Orkut. Using a multi-instrument skillfully, the musician realized his childhood dream of combining Anatolian sayings and compilations with jazz harmony and arrangement. He gave concerts at festivals and jazz clubs in Istanbul and various cities with Siret. In 2014, he composed the music for the theater play "Hak" in cooperation with Istanbul "After Six Theater" and Germany "Theatre an der Ruhr", and for 2 years he performed on stage with his instrument and voice in cities such as Istanbul, Cologne, Brussels, Luxembourg. gave performances. In 2015, it was nominated for the Afife Theater Awards in the category of the most successful theater music of the year. In the same years, the musician gave concerts in various cities, primarily in Istanbul, with Ayşe Tütüncü's Duo and Quartet projects, as well as many musicians such as Volkan Hürsever, Turgut Alp Bekoğlu, Mircan Kaya, Hüsnü Arkan, Erkan Oğur, Derya Türkan, Mehmet Akbaş, Cenk Erdoğan He has performed many recording and stage performances as a guitarist, fretless guitarist and arranger. In December 2015, his second album "TERENNÜM", which has a new understanding of melody, rhythm and sound with a fretless guitar, met with the audience again under the label of KALAN MÜZİK. This album, which was evaluated in the world music class, was an extension and explanation of Merih's musical journey and personal world. The musician, who sang 9 instrumental original compositions with fretless guitar and acoustic guitars in this album, also sang an Armenian Folk Lament called "Gulo", which was written about the 1915 tragedy and dedicated to those who could not live where they were born. Important musicians from Jordan such as Ghassan Abu Haltam (clarinet), Derya Türkan (classical kemençe), Volkan Hürsever (double bass), Koray Üsgülen (piano), and Hasan Gözetlik (trumpet and trombone) accompanied him during the Terennüm. In addition, Swedish sound engineer Lars Nilsson, who also works with international companies such as Act, Ecm , created an extraordinary sound by mixing and mastering Terennüm at “Nilento Studios” in Gothenburg. In this album, master actress Tomris İncer, who passed away in October 2016, gave life to a text by Merih called "this is the story of humankind..." with his unique voice. Merih Aşkın, who gave concerts in cities such as Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, Albania in 2016, took the stage at the Kosovo Jazz Festival in 2017 with her album "Terennüm". In 2018, he was the music director and arranger of the album "Red Rose" published by UCM as a duo with vocalist Mircan Kaya. In 2019, the arrangement and interpretation of Aşık Mahzuni Şerif's unique work "Bitmez Tükenmez Geceler" was released as a single on the Kalan Music label. In September 2021, Merih Aşkın met with the audience once again with her third solo album "Lovers Doesn't Happen Hile". After the albums ''Siret'' in 2013 and ''Terennüm'' released in 2015, the album released again with the label of Kalan Music, includes ten pieces of various lovers who lived in Anatolia, such as Neşet Ertaş, Aşık Veysel, Mahzuni Şerif, Sadık Miskini, Hasan Kaplani. saying and folk song took place. Merih Aşkın accompanies Kerem Can Aslan in Percussion, Şervan Ayaz in Violin, Caner Malkoç in Clarinet, Ali Saran in Rebab in the album, where all the pieces are arranged and performed by Merih Aşkın in a unique way. Mixing and Mastering processes of the album recorded in Kalan Music Studios were carried out by Zeynel Günbek and Alican Özbuğutu. In another piece in the album, Ali Rıza Albayrak, one of the important and creative musicians of Anatolian Music, was the guest of Merih Aşkın with his voice and saz. Merih Aşkın still continues to perform as composer, arranger and stage-recording.
Workshop Title: Arrangement and Sing/Play-Along Workshop - Instrument Workshops (Aşkın sazı and fretless Guitar)
Description:In the arrangement workshop, studies on the arrangement of a melody or piece, instrumentation techniques and performance will be done. The workshop is open to every instrument and vocalist, the works arranged with the participants during the workshop will be performed together at the end of the workshop. “Instrument Workshops (Love Instrument and Fretless Guitar)” In the instrument workshops, the knowledge and performance techniques of Merih Aşkın's own design, which he uses in various arrangements, including his own albums, will be studied. In addition, Fretless Guitar techniques (intonation, maqam, jazz lick&harmony) will be studied.
in the instrument workshops, knowledge and performance techniques of Merih Aşkın's own design, which he uses in various arrangements, including his own albums, will be studied. In addition, fretless guitar techniques (intonation, maqam, jazz lick & harmony) will be studied. Workshops are open to everyone
Onur ÇALIŞKAN
He started playing the clarinet at the age of 10. He came first in the competition organized as part of the Istanbul Clarinet Festival in 2013 and received his award from Mustafa Kandıralı at the night of respect to Şükrü Tunar. In 2014, he started to study clarinet with Gürhan Eteke at Istanbul University State Conservatory Music and Performing Arts High School. In 2015, she took part in the International Clarinet Festival held in Madrid, Spain. In 2016, he gave a total of 4 concerts with different teams, one of which was a solo concert, as part of the Istanbul Woodwind Festival, and actively participated in Philippe Cupper's clarinet master class within the scope of the same festival. In 2017, she started working with Kardes Türçiler. In 2018, she played as a soloist with the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra. In the same year, she sang Carmen Fantasy as a soloist with the Istanbul Clarinet Choir in Ostend, Belgium, as part of the International Clarinet Festival. In 2019, he gave a concert within the framework of the Showcase Tour program of the 26th Istanbul Jazz Festival, which aims to introduce new projects abroad. With this concert, it attracted the attention of foreign programmers and the audience and gained appreciation. In the same year, he gave a clarinet trio concert at the 15th Bodrum Music Festival. Istanbul Clarinet Choir and Kardes Türküsü are among the teams he actively works with.He released his first album Esrik in February 2020 with the label of BGST Records. The album is a project that blends ethnic, jazz and modern music genres. In addition, many professional musicians such as Grammy Award-winning American musician Michael League, Ediz Hafızoğlu, Çağrı Sertel, Volkan Hürsever, Cenk Erdoğan, Efe Demiral and Mehmet Akatay took part in the album. In December 2020, he released the single "Gemi", the music of which belongs to Hüsnü Arkan, again with the label of BGST Records
Workshop Title: Clarinet and local playing styles and techniques in Anatolian music
Description:In this workshop, the usage, playing style and techniques of the clarinet in regions such as Thrace, Aegean, Elazig and Dersim will be examined, and their equivalents in modern music and literature will be discussed..
Osman KIRCA
Osman Kırca was born in 1956, in Antalya, Kaş, Çavdır Village. Thanks to his father who used to play Üçtelli, he met this instrument. Osman Kırca who started playing when he was 15 was inspired by the masters and had the chance to improve his playing while he was shepherding in the mountains. He adapted local throat technics of singing which are about to disappear to his instrument, which is an amazing art and requires mastery and great effort. Osman Kırca met Ramazan Güngör, had him make his instruments and was inspired by him. In 2017 Summer, he met participants from both abroad and Turkey and carried out workshops on Üçtelli. In September 2017, he was one of the group members who carried Üçtelli to abroad for the first time. With this group, he visited Jeonju and Seoul in the South Korea giving concerts. And he played in the album titled “Melodies with Üçtelli From Anatolia” published in September 2017. He maintains a modest way of life in his village.
Workshop Title: Concert and Conversation on Three-Strings
Description: Our master will perform works on traditional three-string performance techniques in Anatolia, with the tradition of master-apprentice.
Salih KORKUT PEKER
Salih Korkut Peker, who stepped into professional music life in 1998, influenced by many different kinds of music, such as blues, grunge, rebetiko, arabesque, etc. He loves to blend traditional and avant-garde playing styles in cümbüş, electric guitar, fretless guitar, çağlama and divane (both, new traditional Turkish instruments) in all these styles and to surprise the listeners.
Workshop Title: Cümbüş Workshop
Description: Cümbüş playing styles, alternative techniques, exemplary composition and performance.
Sami HOSSEINI
Sami Hosseini was born in 1986 in Iran. He started playing daf when he was 11. He took lessons from masters of this instrument for 5 years. After he completed his education, he gave lessons in different places of Iran and joined many different musicians in their concerts. He moved to İzmir, Turkey in 2012 and started giving daf lessons. He founded the group “Ahura Ritm Topluluğu” (Ahura Rhythym Community) in 2013 and in the same year he started studying at Ege University Instrument Making Department. He gave many concerts with Ahura Ritm Topluluğu and carried out workshops in summer camps, composed music for theatre and short films. He published a book titled “Daf Method” for beginners which marked a first in Turkey in this field. He is still working on the second and the third levels of the book.
Workshop Title: Rhythm Workshop
Description: The transition and relationship between rhythm in nature and rhythm in music, rhythm knowledge, rhythm studies with daf (erbane), tonbak, bendir, vine drum, darbuka, cajun, nagara and circle
Selim ÖZYOL
Selim Özyol was born in Söke, Aydın (A city in the Aegean Region of Turkey). He participated in many seminars about zeybek dances both in country and abroad. He focused on the authentic features of this culture which he observed in the local regions and also have tried to create variations which are close to their traditional roots. He acted a role as “Demirci Mehmet Efe” in the demonstration prepared by Ekin Dance Community and titled “Üç Memed’in Dansı” in Ege University State Conservatory in the 29th İzmir Festival.
Workshop Title: Zeybek Folk Dance
Description: Bringing a natural interpretation to zeybek dances by keeping local characteristics in the foreground, Selim ÖZYOL will work with the participants in the Zeybek workshop on the following topics: "Zeybeks historical clothing, accompanying instruments and dances, periods in the history of Zeybekism, accompanying instruments of Zeybek dances and the identities of local musicians, colors and symbols in Zeybek clothes , Introductory essays on teaching zeybek dances through body music, examination of the technique of standing up in zeybek dances, zeybek dances in the process of moving from the field to the stage”.
Veka ALER
Istanbul-born vocal artist Veka Aler focuses on Eastern music and the related vocal techniques. In the Eastern music, vocal studies are traditionally based on an educational system lacking musical notes called Meshk. However, in today’s world it is not pratical to use this method. In this sense, while using the the traditional Meshk educational method, Veka Aler also embarks on an academic system in accordance with those Eastern music vocal techniques. With this educational approach, the artist, who has a musical repertoire including Turkish, Kurdish, Azeri and traditional Iranian songs, aims to recognize and understand the traditional timbres in a bid to harmonize their authencity with her own vocal skills – as opposed to reflecting them directly. Her deep interest in music in her childhood encouraged Veka Aler to continue her musical studies at several cultural centers. In her early youth, she participated in a couple of choirs. She also attended vocal training and studied transverse flute.
In 2011, she founded Ses Atölyesi (Voice Studio) society. She pursued academic vocal studies as an executive board member of this society.
He took Azeri makam singing lessons from Cavit Mürtezaoğlu, an Iranian-Turkish singer and voice trainer. Through these lessons synthesizing Eastern and Western vocal techniques from Mürtezaoğlu, who is a creator of a unique voice method, she gained a new point of wiev. After this learning process, she started to give vocal lessons to her students. At the same time, she took a different approach to vocal training with a new perspective based on reserach from various resources and her own experiences. Focusing on very basic points in sound studies, she believed that it is an instrument in many aspects above all, alongside correct anatomical information in sound education, and recognizing the sound (instrument), its applicability on the Middle East vocal features and techniques. She started to apply them in her lessons. Besides the vocal and Azeri makam singing classes she studied turkish clasical and iranian music. She has conducted seminars at the Music Village (Müzik Köyü) in Turkey’s southwestern resort town Fethiye since 2015. Within the Labyrint Musical Workshop based in Greece, she has given seminars involving a repertoire of various regions and cultures of Turkey. She In 2016, she became a co-founder of the music band Hemhal, which has a multilingual repertoire, with Arslan Hazreti. Her solo album Sır (mystery) was released in Jun/2021. She graduated from Istanbul University’s Philosophy Department.
Workshop Title: Multilingual Repertoire and Vocal Techniques
Description: In this workshop, a rich repertory work from different languages and traditions, including Turkish, Kurdish, Persian and Azerbaijani, will be presented, as well as voice-enhancing and strengthening works on original vocal techniques, which Veka Aler has focused on for many years and especially adapted to traditional vocal techniques.
Volkan KAPLAN
Volkan KAPLAN is a musician, tonmaister, arranger, lecturer and producer. He was born in 1987 in Istanbul. He took his first music lessons in Erdal Erzincan Music Course and he preparred for Conservatory entrance exams in this music course center. He started studying at “Instrument Training Department in 2001. He has been continuing his studies at Music Technology Department. He presented his five albums solo(Berhava), duo (An), trio (Harabat), quartet (Mail), mixed (Bize Kalan Miras) in 2018. He has cooperated with lots of leading musicians such as Arif Sağ, Orhan Gencebay, Erdal Erzincan, Sabahat Akkiraz, Cengiz Özkan, Derya Türkan, Şirin Pancaroğlu, Muharrem Temiz, Aysun Gültekin, Zafer Gündoğdu, Tuncay Kemertaş, Adile Kurt Karatepe, Nida Ateş, İmamyar Hasanov, Kardeş Türküler, Hüseyin Turan, Kubat, Sizzle Ohtaka, Erkan Oğur – İsmail Hakkı Demircioğlu, Tarkan. He is teaching students in his own Bağlama School. He founded his own firm “VOLKAN KAPLAN PRODUCTION “ in 2016 aiming to produce highly qualified music. He produced 18 albums betwen 2017-2018. Nowadays he is preparing instrumental, folk, jazz, ethnic music albums for 2019-2020
2016 yılında ise, kendisine ait olan VOLKAN KAPLAN PRODUCTION firmasını kurarak; fiziki ve dijital platformlar için, “gelenekselden - geleceğe” yönelik kaliteli müzik üretimi yapmayı hedeflemektedir. 2017 - 2018 yılları arasında 18 adet albüm sunmuştur. 2019-2020 yılları için hazırlamakta olduğu enstrumantal, halk, caz, etnik müzik projeleri bulunmaktadır.
Workshop Title: Adaptation of folk songs to instrumental performance