Anatolia has been the melting pot of Eastern and Western cultures for thousands of years and gave birth to many different musical elements and instruments. Virtuosi from different disciplines, who grew up and trained in the culture of this unique geography, will build musical bridges on the stage, and take you to the heart of these lands with their multi-layered instrumental conversation. During this unique concert, you will listen to Ozan Baysal on the double-neck baglama, Tolga Zafer Özdemir on keys and synth, Bora Bekiroğlu on the electric bass.
Tolga Zafer (kb/electronics)
Tolga Zafer studied piano, music theory and composition. His compositions range from chamber music to full symphony orchestra, using classical western, traditional and electronic instruments. He seeks to find a common point between different cultures from around the world, past and present. His music has been performed in numerous countries and has received several awards. He also has designed a software »Tritonet«, a musical calculator for educational and performative purposes.
Ozan Baysal (db)
Ahmet Ozan Baysal is a Turkish bağlama (saz) player, composer and performer, specialising in şelpe – an Anatolian bağlama performance technique that dispenses with a plectrum. Having played the instrument from a very early age, much of his music is a synthesis of traditional bağlama şelpe performance practices and harmonic practices in tonal and jazz music. Ozan has performed throughout Europe, including at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in Marseille, Nuoro Jazz Festival in Sardinia, and Making Tracks International Music Exchange Programme in the UK. He is also a dedicated and passionate researcher of şelpe technique. After first studying as a research assistant and completing his Ph.D. (2013-2020) at Istanbul Technical University, Centre for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM), Ozan is now a visiting scholar at SOAS, University of London, conducting his post-doctoral research.
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Bora Bekiroğlu (b)
With an award winning career of over 20 years in Music and 15 years in Multimedia business, Bora Bekiroglu was always involved in various art forms. He produced and released 8 records with various bands in multiple genres, toured internationally, directed global 360-degree ad campaigns, shot image catalogs for global luxury brands and directed music videos. He still continues his creative journey with the same passion and dedication he had when he first started.
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Burak Ersoz (d)
His interest in music started in his early teens as a music enthusiast. He used to play air drums to his favourite records. He started playing real drums by taking private lessons from well-known drummers in Ankara. He is now exploring new musical paths in London as one of the well respected and known drummers in Turkey’s live music scene.