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Music Village 2019 Workshop-Seminar Titles and Contents

The First Period (17-21 August)
Ali TEKBAŞ
He was born in Iraq In 1981, and forced to migrate to Hakkari, Turkey with his family. He completed his primary, secondary and high school education in Hakkari. In 1998, he started to participate in various music events and compilation works under the name Lawje with Serhat Bostancı and Ali İmran Erin. In 2005, he started his Fundamental Sciences education in Dicle University State Conservatory in Diyarbakır. In 2008, he performed in Lawje’s first demo consisted of 5 songs and in their album Seige consisted of 13 songs as the vocalist. Between 2010 and 2017, he taught on Traditional Dengbêj Culture, Forms of Traditional Hakkari Music, Voice Training and Repertoire in Aram Tigran City Conservatory established by Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality. In the same years, in cooperation with Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality, he staged Kurdish Hamlet and Mem û Zîn and performed in them. Since 1998, he continues to take part in compilation works with Serhat Bostancı and Ali İmran Erin whom he participated in music events and found Lawje.
Workshop Title: Music forms in Hakkari (A province in the south east corner of Turkey)
Description: Ali TEKBAŞ, who has been compiling local music in Hakkari since 1998, is going to lecture on traditional songs, musical forms of Hakkari and his compilation works which he has done with his band Lawje.
Bayram SALMAN
Born in Yaka, a village of Fethiye in 1960. His first master was his father and he learned to play tırnak kemane when he was 9. He had the chance to work with Ramazan Güngör, an "Üç Telli" virtuoso who is also from Fethiye. In 1981, he was accepted to TRT as Kabak Kemane player and worked there as a TRT artist for many long years. He is the collector and source person of some of the Muğla's folk songs and he is the lyricist and composer of many pieces that reflects this region's music tradition.
Workshop Title: Tırnak Kemane- Hegit and Kabak Kemane’s Place in Anatolian Traditional Music
Efrén López-Sanz
After collaborating in a wide number of musical projects as a guitarist, he started getting into traditional music. As a session musician he has recorded in more than forty different projects of various musical styles: early music (Capella de Ministrers, Aman Aman, Oc, Maria Laffitte...), folk (Sabir, Malagüero, Cendraires, Al Tall, El Cau del Llop...). He abandoned little by little the guitar to focus mainly on Mediterranean double-string instruments and medieval music. With this type of instruments he has done works for advertising, documentaries, short films, poetry readings, puppet shows, street theatre, intensive courses...
He has done artistic productions for various bands and singer-songwriters. He has studied hurdy-gurdy through intensive courses with Pascal Lefeuvre, Maurizzio Martinotti and Nigel Eaton. North Indian music with Krishna Mohann Batt and Ajoy Chakrabakti, sitar with Sazed Ul Alam, rabab and music from Afghanistan with Daud Khan and Ustad Mohammed Rahim Khushnawaz, ud with Necati Çelik and Yurdal Tokcan, and saz with the Crete based Irish musician Ross Daly and the Turkish masters Erol Parlak and Mehmet Erenler. Nowadays he combines his activities with L´Ham de Foc with the early music band Capella de Ministrers, with whom he has performed all through Spain, Italy, France, Morocco, Egypt, Croatia, Portugal, and has recorded five albums: "Trobadors", "Llibre Vermell Montserrat", "Lamento di Tristano", "Misteri d'Elx" and "Cancionero de Palacio".
Workshop Title: Improvisation in Modal Music
Description: On this workshop we will work on the musical creativity through the analysis of rhythm patterns, modes and ornamentations coming from different musical traditions in order to incorporate them to our own language. Open to all kinds of melodic instruments and percussions.
Fahri ÇELEBİ
He first started feeling interested in Darbuka when he was 12 accompanying the Darbuka players of the orchestras he saw on TV with buckets and pans. He bought his first Darbuka when he was 15 and immediately started joining in local Classical Turkish Music communities. While he was a college student, he played in several concerts with groups in Balikesir Municipality Conservatory and Kocaeli Municipality Conservatory. He started studying in Misirli Ahmet Rhythm Academy in 2011 and completed his study there in 2018. He had worked as a construction engineer until 2015 and he quit. Later on he has made a living on darbuka.
Workshop Title: Darbuka and Rhythm
Description: On this workshop we will work on rhythm patterns with Darbuka and other percussions. This workshop is open to darbuka, bendir, tef, djembe etc. and also to any level of players.
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 and Salamuri, Traditional Polyphonic Georgian Songs Workshop
Description: İberya Özkan MELAŞVİLİ, who is well-known for his scrutinized studies on Georgian music which he has carried out for a long time, is going to present old people’s choir songs from “İnegöl Hayriye Village” and “Borçka Maçaheli Valley” as well as Traditional Polyphonic Georgian Music. Also he is going to carry out a workshop of Panduri and Salamuri (two ever-present Georgian instruments) and also of Traditional Polyphonic Georgian Songs.
Kemal DİNÇ
Kemal Dinç was born in Istanbul in 1970. He moved to Germany after he finished the primary school. He started learning bağlama when he was 11 years old. He studied in High School of Music and conservatory in Germany. He lectured in Rotterdam Codarts Conservatory in Holland and in Köln University. His albums are Lir ve Ateş (2006) , Bağlama İçin Denemeler (2012), Geleneksel Yorumlar (2015) and Duo (2017).
Workshop Title: Bağlama
Description: Kemal DİNÇ is going to lead the following workshops in Music Village Bad Endbach, Polyphonic etudes for bağlama, Polyphonic exercises for choir, Bağlama tunings and performance positions, Etudes in Capraz Tuning.
Yusuf İhsan BODUR
Yusuf İhsan Bodur was born in 1959 in Fethiye. He engaged with Üçtelli and music thanks to his father and uncle who used to play bağlama and Üçtelli. He visited different regions of Anatolia as a teacher. After he started working in Fethiye, he met Ramazan Güngör, who is one of the most significant representatives of the three-string. Bodur had the chance to learn various hand and finger technics as well as repertory from the master Güngör. He joined in the Music Village in 2015 and 2017 carrying out workshops and giving concerts. He carried out workshops in 2016 with children from villages within the Project “A Musical Voyage: From Tradition to Global” and played in the album “Melodies with Üçtelli from Anatolia” which was published in September 2017.
Workshop Title: Üçtelli
Description: The master of Üçtelli are going to present playing technics within master-apprentice relation.
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: Üçtelli
Description: The master of Üçtelli are going to present playing technics within master-apprentice relation.
Özgü BULUT
Özgü Bulut has been working as an academic in Ondokuz Mayıs State Conservatory since 2014. He is giving lessons on “Games-Dance and Music” at the level of bachelor degree, “Body Percussion” at the level of masters degree and doctoral degree, and “Music and Dance” in the department of Early Childhood Education. He participates in festivals, workshops and conventions regarding his field.
Workshop Title: Body Music and Soundpainting
Description: In his Body Music workshop, Özgü BULUT will help the participants discover the specifics of using the body as a “touch instrument”, and experience the practice of polyphony, playing together, making groups, single / multi focusing, listening to each other and taking action in a harmony with environment in an enjoyable setting while music and dance come to existance by doing the moves. Besides, the workshop will include some games regarding transforming Turkish Music Forms to body music.
Riste GJORGJIJEV
Riste Gjorgjijev was born in 1991 in the city of Kochani - R. Macedonia. He graduated from University Goce Delcev Faculty of Law. He has been studying in University Goce Delcev Music Academy, Department of Ethnocoreology. Starting his studies at the Department of Ethnocoreology, Gjorgjijev started his professional engagement as an artist in "Ensemble Macedonia" under the direction of prof. Dr. Janevski Vladimir. He works in the Ensemble as a player, a singer and an instrumentalist. He has performed on numerous performances in and out of Macedonia. Instruments with which Gjorgjijev professionally represent the ensemble are Kaval, Gaida, Zurna, Shupelka, Dvojanka, Prim, Ut, Dajre, Def and Drum.
Workshop Title: Traditional Macedonian Dances, Instruments and Voice Technics
Description: The etnographic regions in Macedonia, each region’s styles of dancing, singing and playing will be presented.
Ruhat KILIÇ HOSSEINI
Ruhat Kılıç Hosseini was born in 1988 in Rize. She started learning traditional dances in primary school years. She took place in “Fire of Anatolia” as a dancer in 2010. She studied Turkish Traditional Dances in Turkish Music State Conservatory between 2012-2016. She gave ballet lessons to youngsters in 2017 in Muğla city. She has been working in Public Education Center as a dance teacher.
Workshop Title: Teke and Artvin Regions Traditional Dances
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: History and technics of Daf, Traditional Rhythms and Notation
Description: Sami Hosseini is going to lecture on history and technics of Daf, traditional rhythms and notation. This workshop is designed for all levels.
Veka ALER
Veka Aler has been a student for a long time in Voice Academy of Cavit Mürtezaoğlu, she has taken courses on technics of voice and breathing and also makam systems. She assisted Müretezaoğlu’s own method book “Voice Method” and she began giving lessons in this field.
Workshop Title: Voice and Breathing Technics
Description: This seminar basically considers the human voice to be an instrument. In the case of an instrument, just as there is necessarily a mechanism and a structure, a prerequisite to playing it is to first understand the mechanism, to learn to obtain a good sound from it and to then build upon this foundation. In the case of the human voice, what is the mechanism of sound production and what are the elements of which it is comprised? What is it that a soloist uses as a “bow” if we are to compare the mechanism of producing sound to that of a bowed instrument? After learning these elements (diaphragm, correct breathing mechanism, vocal cords, intra-oral muscles), we will be able to do the exercises and we will develop and strengthen with more rigor and awareness. Progressing with a method at this point makes the development stable and regular.
We will learn anatomically the mechanism of human sound production, and we will recognize, develop and strengthen the “instrument” in our body with practical and intensive exercises.
The Second Period (23-27 August)
Arslan HAZRETİ
Arslan Hazreti (Aler) was born in Tabriz, Iran in 1976. He started learning kamancha when he was 13 years old. Besides he took makam lessons from Cavit Murtezaoğlu. He had the chance to live in both Persian and Azeri culture, this led him to learn both cultures’ musical traditions and technics.
He participated in International Fajr Festival in which master musicians of stringed instruments competed when he was 18 years old. He joined with the instrument that he made himself and he won the first place.
He moved to Istanbul in 2004. He got acquaintance among the Turkish musicians within a short period of time and participated in some projects such as The Way It Is, Virtüözler ve Cavit Murtezaoğlu, Orrient Expressions, Tel ve Ten. Besides he worked with some prominent musicians such as Susan Deyhim, Aynur Doğan, Richard Horowitz, Yurdal Tokcan, Vamik Memmedaliyev, Yinon Muallem, Şirin Pancaroğlu, Feryal Öney.
Workshop Title: Kamancha and Kemane
Description: In his Kamancha and Kemane workshop Arslan Hazreti is going to share information about posture, sitting positions, and present different technics of string holding and proper usage of the muscles beginning from the starter level. Intensifying the fundamental rules of these instruments will enable the students with a rapid improvement.
Cenk ERDOĞAN
Born in Istanbul in 1979. In 1997 he won a four-year scholarship at İstanbul Bilgi University Music (Composition) Department. In 2001 he graduated with a First Class Honours from the music Department. In October 2004, upon the invitation of David “FUZE” Fiuczynski, he held a workshop at the Berklee College Of Music on fretless guitar and modes in Turkish music. In 2008 he recorded his first album “İLE”, which was produced by Sinan Sakızlı within Baykuş Music. The same year, with “Aria” soundtrack company, he composed and arranged the soundtrack for the movie “Issız Adam”, which is written and directed by Çağan Irmak, and he won Yeşilçam “Soundtrack of the Year 2009” prize. In 2009 Cenk Erdoğan Trio feat. Tineke Postma played in the 16th İstanbul Jazz Festival and 19th Akbank Jazz festival. The same year, he played with Yinon Muallem ensemble in “Karawane 2009” festival, organized in Bochum. Also the same year, he played and record the “Çark” album with the trio he formed with Nihan Devecioğlu and Adam Matta in Zaltsburg Music Fest, Bayreuth Young Artists Fest, and Bonn Summer Fest. In 2010 he played in “Turkophony all stars” band with Trilok Gurtu and Doninique di Piazza. In 2011 he played in “Turkophony all stars” band with Dave Weckl,Kai Eckhardt,Eric levy. In 2011 he records his second album “Kavis” (Arc) in San Francisco with legendary bass player Kai Eckhardth and Jason Lewis and this album relased and sponsored by Berkeley Jazz School Records. 2014 he made the first educational web site for fretless guitar playing www.fretlessguitarlessons.com and start to teach Turkish way of playing fretless guitar, playing techniques… 2014 he released his last record “KaraKutu” which was played solo with all acoustic guitars ( fretless and fretted) 2016 he conducts and arranges the orchestra of “Sezen Aksu” which is the diva of Turkish popular music. His last big project “Sezenli Yillar” was performed 6 concerts with 35 piece orchestra and visual and dance shows. He released the album “Lahza” in 2017 with the Swedish drummer Mehmet İkiz.
He released his album titled “Fermata” in 2018. He was invited to a world tour of 49 concerts with Antoin Boyer, Samuelito and Luca Stricangnoli and took stage in Europe, USA and Canada within the project “International Guitar Night”.
He still works as a producer, composes and arranges music for television series and soundtracks and gives concerts.
Workshop Title: Fretless Guitar
Fahri ÇELEBİ
He first started feeling interested in Darbuka when he was 12 accompanying the Darbuka players of the orchestras he saw on TV with buckets and pans. He bought his first Darbuka when he was 15 and immediately started joining in local Classical Turkish Music communities. While he was a college student, he played in several concerts with groups in Balikesir Municipality Conservatory and Kocaeli Municipality Conservatory. He started studying in Misirli Ahmet Rhythm Academy in 2011 and completed his study there in 2018. He had worked as a construction engineer until 2015 and he quit. Later on he has made a living on darbuka.
Workshop Title: Darbuka and Rhythm
Description: On this workshop we will work on rhythm patterns with Darbuka and other percussions. This workshop is open to darbuka, bendir, tef, djembe etc. and also to any level of players.
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: Üçtelli
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.
Özgü BULUT
Özgü Bulut has been working as an academic in Ondokuz Mayıs State Conservatory since 2014. He is giving lessons on “Games-Dance and Music” at the level of bachelor degree, “Body Percussion” at the level of masters degree and doctoral degree, and “Music and Dance” in the department of Early Childhood Education. He participates in festivals, workshops and conventions regarding his field.
Workshop Title: Body Music and Soundpainting
Description: In his Body Music workshop, Özgü BULUT will help the participants discover the specifics of using the body as a “touch instrument”, and experience the practice of polyphony, playing together, making groups, single / multi focusing, listening to each other and taking action in a harmony with environment in an enjoyable setting while music and dance come to existance by doing the moves. Besides, the workshop will include some games regarding transforming Turkish Music Forms to body music.
Rıza Can ÖZEL
He was born in1987 in Ordu. He graduated from İstanbul Technical University Turkish Music Conservatory in 2011. He took stage as a soloist in Presidential Symphony Orchestra, Ankara State Opera and Ballet, Samsun State Opera and Ballet, Hacettepe Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. He cooperated with Kamil Sönmez , Erkan Oğur, Emel Sayın, Sezen Aksu, Apolas Lermi in their albums and concerts. He took stage in different countries such as Greece, South Korea, Germany, Georgia, Cyprus, Spain, France.
Workshop Title: Görele Kemenche and Black Sea Lyra
Seminar: Diverse Playing Styles of Kemenche in East Black Sea Region
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: Old and new school modified instruments in Urban Anatolian Music: Cümbüş and Çağlama; Ensemble Music
Description: Salih Korkut PEKER is going to tell the story of cümbüş, which he describes as both a rural and an urban instrument; and he is going to inform about the structure and playing of cümbüş, its place among the Anatolian instruments and the regions in those it is widespread. Besides, he is going to lecture on how to play in accordance with the composition and arrangement, how to play properly in accordance with band music within the instrument’s capacity, and how to bring instruments used in different music types together.
Salih Nâzım PEKER
At the age of eight, he started his strings adventure with mandolin, followed by cura, bağlama, divan sazı, kopuz, buzuki, banjo, cümbüş, tanbur, lavta and their smaller or bigger variants. He formed different bands such "Arşipel" (Mediterranean and Aegean music), "Istanbul Blues Company" (blues, sprituals, gospels and bluesy experiments), "Tuzlu Nehir" (blues, bluegrass, Turkish dance tunes and Irish music), "Kırıka" (rembetic rock)... He wrote songs, made albums, and played in numerous concerts. Some compilations and collections were found in his work. He made music journalism in "Roll" music magazine. His music appeared in many films, series, documentaries and theatre plays. Presently he is singing and playing divane in two new bands such “Duble Salih” (Turkish folk music from all regions) and “Çalgiya İzmir” (Ottoman influenced Balkan tunes).
Seminar Title: The Story of Zeybek From Turkey to Greece
Description: Musical and social aspects of Zeybek culture from both Turkey and Greece will be presented.
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.
Seminar Title: Zeybek (Traditional Folk Dance)
Description: Selim ÖZYOL, who interprets Zeybek dances underlining the local features of this dance culture, is going to carry out Zeybek workshop focusing on these titles: “Zeybek history, clothing, instruments which accompany this culture, symbols and colors in Zeybek clothing, pilot application of usage of body music in Zeybek dance training, analyzing the inside cut technic of zeybek dance, the process of passing the zeybek dance from its authentic environment to the stages.”
Seval EROĞLU
Born in Istanbul, 25.12.1984. Started to play bağlama when she was 9. In 2003, she attended I.T.U Turkish Music State Conservatory Vocal Bachelor of Arts Program. In 2007, she was awarded first prize in the Arguvan's Folk Songs Voice Competition and attended the Bağlama Orchestra of Erdal Erzincan as a soloist and bağlama player. She also worked on field research, collection and notation. In 2008, she graduated from I.T.U Turkish Music State Conservatory Vocal Bachelor of Arts Program (English), then she attended the Master Program of I.T.U. Institute of Social Sciences Turkish Music Department. In 2010, she started to work as a researcher in ITU Turkish Music State Conservatory Vocal Bachelor of Arts Program. After finishing her Master studies in 2011, she attended I.T.U. Institute of Social Sciences Turkish Music Department for her doctorate program in Musicology and Music Theory. In 2011, she took part as a soloist and bağlama player in the "Âlâ" which is a community created by the I.T.U Academics. She took part as a Jury and/or the art director during the Traditional Arguvan's Folk Songs Voice Competition in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Her first album "İki Cihan" was published in March 2015. In 2018, she graduated from her doctorate with her doctorate thesis "The Examination of the Women Bağlama Players from the Perspective of Social Gender". In 2019, she assigned as a Doctor Instructor in I.T.U. T.M.S.C Vocal Bachelor of Arts Program. Beside her researches, she is continuing her concerts both in Turkey and abroad.
Workshop: Mouth and Larynx Technics
Seminar: Traditional Music and Its Structure Within Gender Roles
Theodora ATHANASSIOU
Theodora Athanassiou was born in Athens. She holds a degree in Education Studies from the University of Patras. She turned to music at the early age of six, teaching herself the bouzouki the baglama and taking part in school music bands and clubs. At eleven, she took up classes on repertoire and modes of folk guitar under the guitarist Nikos Protopapas. She has been working in live music clubs as a guitarist since the age of nineteen.
For the last ten years she has been focusing her studies on the eastern system of melody types (makam) for lavta (the Constantinople lute) and yaili tanbur under Christos Tsiamoulis and Eugenios Voulgaris, as well as on rythmology for traditional percussion under Sergios Voulgaris, as part of a five-year course in the Department of Greek music and Instruments at the Municipal Conservatory of Patras. Since 2004, she has attended a number of master classes on the technique and repertoire on lavta (2005) under Pericles Papapetropoulos and other eastern music traditions (afghan rabab, 2004 / KhaledArman, Persian radif, 2006 / Darius Talai) with Labyrinth Musical Workshop in Crete.
Since 2005 she has been tutoring and giving courses on theory, technique and repertoire for Greek folk guitar, lavta and yaili tanbur. She is also a teacher and tutor of Eastern music theory, with a focus on broader repertoire of eastern Mediterranean regions.
Since 2009, she has formed and presented a number of active groups collaborating with remarkable emerging Greek musicians and received widely favourable reviews both in Greece and abroad; (Giouf trio, Happy duo, Ap’ allou duo, Karpos trio, Terpnon ensemble, Garlic duo, Mpam trio, Theodora Athanassiou trio) with a focus on the role of guitar and lavta in music ‘idioms’ from Greece and the broader Mediterranean.
Workshop Title: Smyrna style and café aman rembetiko - Rebetiko composers from Asia Minor
Description: This workshop is centered on playing rembetiko repertoir with a group of participants of different instruments. Besides the workshop, Theodora ATHANASSIOU is going to present rembetiko history, instruments, representatives, roots-influencies, guitar role. Basic level on the instrument and reading scores are preferred.
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.
Workshop Title: Bağlama Açış (Improvising in a Song Intro with Bağlama) & Usage of Bağlama in Studio (recording, mix and mastering)
Zafer TAŞDAN
ZAFER TAŞDAN was born in 1971 Erzurum. He studied Istanbul University Turkish Music State Conservatory Turkish Traditional Dances department between 1991-1996. He taught traditional dances at several schools, received awards with his groups. He has been working at TRT (turkish radio & television Corporation) as mey-zurna-balaban player since 1999. He accompanied hundreds of albums with his instruments. He recorded two instrumental abums in 2013 and 2017, respectively “Kök ve Toprak” “Bir Varmış Bir Yokmuş”. He participated lots of leading national and foreign festivals and activities.
Workshop Title: Mey and Duduk