Turquazz is a nonprofit culture platform created in 2019 with the aim of bringing two crucial aspects of culture together: Flavour and melody. Taking its roots in the Anatolian region from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean and from Greece to the borders of Iran, Turquazz explores the endless stories of this vast landscape with a long-standing history and multi-faceted culture. This project aims to bring a contemporary approach to the culinary and musical richness of the cultural mosaic that is Anatolia. The goal of this platform is to provide literature for the English-speaking world about culinary and music cultures rooted in Anatolia, while featuring articles that focus on timeless cultural commentary. Turquazz is a new way of talking about culture and a cultural movement that aspires to bring Anatolian music and culinary art, artists and creatives and new audiences together.

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ANDREA LEMIEUX

Position: Author
Email: andrea@thequirkycork.com
Categories: Culinary

Andrea Lemieux is a writer and wine consultant, specialising in Turkish wine. She is the founder of “The Quirky Cork”, a website where she writes wine reviews, and offers services such as wine tasting, custom built wine tours, and personalised wine collection assistance. Andrea is WSET L2 certified, and is working to take the WSET 3 in the near future.

ANDREA LEMIEUX

Author

Andrea Lemieux is a writer and wine consultant, specialising in...

AYBİL GÖKER

Position: Anthropologist
Email: aybilgoker@gmail.com
Categories: Culinary

PhD holder in Cultural Anthropology, Co-founder of award winning insight company “Habitus Research”, Co-founder of consultancy company “Angry Grls”, international traveller, speaks Turkish, Italian, and English, multicultural, passionate about women empowerment and collaboration and mother!

AYBİL GÖKER

Anthropologist

PhD holder in Cultural Anthropology, Co-founder of award winning insight...

AYLİN ÖNEY TAN

Position: Journalist
Email: aylinoneytan@yahoo.com
Categories: Culinary

Aylin Öney Tan is a food writer and culinary researcher, where she writes a weekly column titled “Fork & Cork” for “Hürriyet Daily News”, and has received the Sophie Coe Prize in 2008 for her work regarding food history. She also produces a daily podcast about food history and culture on “NTV Radyo” titled “Acı, Tatlı, Mayhoş” (Spicy, Sweet, and Sour). In addition to her work in gastronomy, she is also an architect and restoration expert, having served as a project manager for the World Bank Turkey’s Cultural Heritage Project, and received awards such as the “Europa Nostra” for her work in this field.

AYLİN ÖNEY TAN

Journalist

Aylin Öney Tan is a food writer and culinary researcher,...

BARIŞ GÜNEY

Position: Musician
Email: barisgny@gmail.com
Categories: Music

Barış Güney is a writer, composer, and musician signed under the UK record label, Red Music. He has three albums released under this label, titled “Tohum” (2003), “Düşlere Yolculuk” (2009), and “Farımaz” (2016); and has most recently put out his cover of “Gurbeti Ben Mi Yarattım” by Arif Sağ, a famous Turkish singer and bağlama player. Barış Güney also plays bağlama, and uses elements of Turkish folk music, as well as rock and blues in his songwriting.

BARIŞ GÜNEY

Musician

Barış Güney is a writer, composer, and musician signed under...

BARIŞ MUMCU

Position: Author
Email: bmumcu@gmail.com
Categories: Music

Barış Mumcu is a music writer, having written articles for various magazines and blogs such as Tvine and Turquazz. Prior to becoming a writer, he has worked as a radio show producer in stations such as “Radyo Fon”, and has most recently produced a 52-episode rock music program called “Roksijen” for “TRT Radio 3”. Barış has also worked in public broadcasting for many years, and was part of the team that organised the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004, in Istanbul. Currently settled in London, he is continuing his professional career in Discovery Channel, and working on a book project. Barış enjoys discovering new music, and is a passionate collector of vinyl.

BARIŞ MUMCU

Author

Barış Mumcu is a music writer, having written articles for...

BURAK ERSÖZ

Position: Musician
Email: erszbrk@gmail.com
Categories: Music

Burak Ersöz is Artist Relations & Marketing Manager for UK, Germany, Benelux, and Scandinavia regions. He is also a professional musician/drummer, having played and recorded with some top artists in numerous festivals all around Turkey. He took part in R&D projects for some of the cymbals series as a product specialist and had the chance to work with some of the top drummers around the world.

BURAK ERSÖZ

Musician

Burak Ersöz is Artist Relations & Marketing Manager for UK,...

BURKAY ADALIĞ

Position: Author
Email: info@meleklerinpayi.com
Categories: Culinary

Dr. Burkay Adalığ worked in the medical and pharmaceutical fields for 22 years before he discovered his passion for whisky, and left his director position at GlaxoSmithKline to pursue his interest. In 2013, he founded “Meleklerin Payı”, a website where he writes about Turkey’s whisky culture, which has received several nominations and awards, including “Whisky Blog of the Year”. He also founded one of the first whisky tasting clubs in Turkey, “Maltın Günü”, in 2014. He published his first book “Meleklerin Payı” (Angels’ Share), the most comprehensive whisky culture book in Turkish in 2019; and his second book “İmbikten Kadehe” (From the Still to the Glass), a detailed review of history, production, brand stories of all distilled drinks like vodka, gin, whisky, cognac, rum, tequila and rakı.

BURKAY ADALIĞ

Author

Dr. Burkay Adalığ worked in the medical and pharmaceutical fields...

ELİFF KARADAYI

Position: Artist
Categories: Culinary

ELİFF KARADAYI

Artist

EMRE DAYIOĞLU

Position: Musician
Email: info@emredayioglu.com.tr
Categories: Music

Emre Dayıoğlu is a musician, music teacher, and interviewer. For the past five years, he has been traveling in Turkey, visiting different cities and villages to interview local musicians about their home’s music and culture. He documents and shares his findings on his YouTube channel with over 75k subscribers. His songs where he sings and plays the saz are also available to listen on streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.

EMRE DAYIOĞLU

Musician

Emre Dayıoğlu is a musician, music teacher, and interviewer. For...

FRANCESCO MARTINELLI

Position: Author
Email: francesco.martinelli@gmail.com
Categories: Music

Francesco Martinelli is a music writer, educator, and event organiser. He has co-organised the “Pisa International Jazz Festival” between the years 1976-1982. He then went on to organise various concerts and festivals during the 1980-2000s, including the “Italian Instabile Orchestra Festival” between 1997-2006. His teaching experience as a faculty member and a guest lecturer include many schools such as NYU, Wesleyan University, William Paterson College, Bilgi University, and Istanbul Conservatory. He is currently teaching “History of Jazz” courses at the Siena Jazz Foundation, University, and Mascagni Musical Institute, and works as the Director of Archives at Siena Jazz.

FRANCESCO MARTINELLI

Author

Francesco Martinelli is a music writer, educator, and event organiser....

HAKAN DOĞAN

Position: Author
Email: pastohakan@gmail.com
Categories: Culinary

Hakan Doğan comes from a family of bakers for four generations, and is himself a baker and owns a bakery named “Pasto Bursa” in Bursa, Turkey. A firm believer that bread holds valuable cultural and historical information about where it’s made, Hakan has written several books on breadmaking and pastries, and his first book, “Ekşi Mayalı Ekmekler” (Sourdough Breads), has won the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

HAKAN DOĞAN

Author

Hakan Doğan comes from a family of bakers for four...

MURAT BEŞER

Position: Author
Email: muratbeser@muratbeser.com
Categories: Music

Murat Beşer is a music writer, having written for some of the largest newspapers in Turkey such as “Milliyet” and “Cumhuriyet”. He has also produced radio shows on stations such as “Radyo Kuzey” and “TRT”, and worked as a music consultant for various organisations and festivals like the “Istanbul Jazz Festival” produced by “IKSV” (Istanbul Foundation for Culture & Arts).

MURAT BEŞER

Author

Murat Beşer is a music writer, having written for some...

Murat Sezgi

MURAT SEZGİ

Position: Producer
Email: murat@3dots.ooo
Categories: Music

Murat Sezgi is the founder and CEO of “3dots”, a growth consultancy for startup companies, mostly focused on music events and festivals. He is also the co-founder of “Bozcaada Jazz Festival”, and is a partner of various other businesses such as “Spacegoats”, a production company, “XJAZZ”, a music festival, and “Accessible Everything”, an organization focused on disability rights.

MURAT SEZGİ

Producer

Murat Sezgi is the founder and CEO of “3dots”, a...

NİLHAN ARAS

Position: Author
Email: nilhanaras@gmail.com
Categories: Culinary

Nilhan Aras is a researcher and food writer, and has published many books on Turkish food, culture, and cuisine. She has also worked as Editor-in-Chief for the Turkish magazine “Metro Gastro” published under Metro Cash & Carry, and has won the Gourmand Award in 2006 for Best Food Magazine.

NİLHAN ARAS

Author

Nilhan Aras is a researcher and food writer, and has...

ORHAN KAHYAOĞLU

Position: Author
Email: orhankahyaoglu@hotmail.com
Categories: Music

Orhan Kahyaoğlu is a researcher, writer, poet, and music critic. His articles have been published in many magazines and newspapers, such as “Milliyet”, “Cumhuriyet”, “Hürriyet”, and “Radikal”. In addition, he has published several books on the history of music in genres such as rock, jazz, pop, and Turkish folk, as well as books on sociomusicology. He has also worked in educational settings, where he has taught in Marmara University, and served as Department Head for “Akademi Istanbul”s Music Department between the years 1995-2002.

ORHAN KAHYAOĞLU

Author

Orhan Kahyaoğlu is a researcher, writer, poet, and music critic....

ORHAN TEKELİOĞLU

Position: Author
Email: orhantekelioglu@gmail.com
Categories: Music
ORHAN TEKELİOĞLU:

Orhan Tekelioğlu is a sociologist with a doctorate degree from University of Oslo and METU, as well as a writer, poet, and educator. He started his career as an academician in “Bilkent University” in 1991, and went on to be the founding dean of the Faculty of Communications in “Izmir University of Economics” in 2003. He has taught and been a guest lecturer in many other schools such as “Bahçeşehir University” and “Ohio State University”. His poems and articles have been published nationally and internationally, in various magazines such as “Theory and Psychology” and “Middle Eastern Studies”.

ORHAN TEKELİOĞLU

Author

Orhan Tekelioğlu is a sociologist with a doctorate degree from...

SADETTİN DAVRAN

Position: Author
Email: davrancemal@gmail.com
Categories: Music
Sadettin Davran, alongside being a jazz critic for Turkish dailies Cumhuriyet, Yeni Yüzyıl, Yeni Binyıl; wrote columns about cultural matters, translated John Fordham’s reference book “Jazz” into Turkish and added a supplement on the jazz scene in Turkey, and executed a related documentary on TV.

SADETTİN DAVRAN

Author

Sadettin Davran, alongside being a jazz critic for Turkish dailies...

SEVİLAY ÇINAR

Position: Author
Email: sevilaycinar@gmail.com
Categories: Music

Prof. Dr. Sevilay Çınar is an academician and writer, specialising in musicology, music theory, and music education. She has written several articles on Turkish Folk Music, including her doctorate thesis on “Contemporary Female Âşıklar and Âşık Music Tradition of Turkey”. She is continuing her academic career in the Musicology Department of “Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli University” and “Turkish Music Conservatory”.

SEVİLAY ÇINAR

Author

Prof. Dr. Sevilay Çınar is an academician and writer, specialising...

TANGÖR TAN

Position: Author
Email: tangortan@gmail.com
Categories: Culinary

Tangör Tan is an agricultural engineer, gastronom, and educator. Since 2009, Tangör has been working as a food researcher in “Mikla Restaurant”, and traveling all over Turkey and Anatolia to research local ingredients and processing techniques. He also teaches courses about Anatolian ingredients and gastronomy at “Özyeğin University”, and “The Culinary Arts Academy” in Istanbul.

TANGÖR TAN

Author

Tangör Tan is an agricultural engineer, gastronom, and educator. Since...

TOLGA ZAFER ÖZDEMİR

Position: Musician
Email: tolgazaferozdemir@gmail.com
Categories: Music

Tolga Zafer Özdemir is a composer, inventor, pianist, and educator. His music has been played in six continents. He is the founder of “Tritonet”, a musical calculator for harmony. Always curious, Tolga continues his research in various musical subjects such as music with artificial intelligence. He is also a faculty member in the Music Department of “Istanbul Bilgi University”

TOLGA ZAFER ÖZDEMİR

Musician

Tolga Zafer Özdemir is a composer, inventor, pianist, and educator....