Musical Performance: Wind of Anatolia - Turkish Folk Music

Sat, November 13, 2010 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Esat Seyho - vocals
Ismail Siglam - baglama
Fatih M. Bayram
- guitar
Ozcan Atav -
darbuka, bendir, drums

Tonight's performance marks the Alwan debut of Wind of Anatolia, whose specialty -
Halk müziği (“the people’s music") - evoke real life events, Turkish folklore and troubadour poets.

Tickets: $15, available at the door and online here. (A small surcharge applies; use printout as your ticket.)

Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Listen to Wind of Anatolia

About the Music:

Performers of Anatolian folk music are part of a living tradition stretching back hundreds of years. Alevis and Sufis have had a profound influence on this music. Minorities and indigenous peoples have enhanced Turkish folk styles, while they have adopted Turkish folk traditions and instruments. Halk müziği ("the people's music") generally deals with subjects surrounding daily life in less grandiose terms than its traditional counterpart, Ottoman court music. Halk müziği is the musical expression of folk literature, which addresses events experienced by all sections of society with both a secular and religious approach. Most songs recount stories of real life events and Turkish folklore, or have developed through song contests between troubadour poets (aşik). Corresponding to their origins, halk müziği songs are usually played at weddings, funerals, special festivals, and religious gatherings.

Halk müziği songs are identifiable and distinguished by region. The regional mood also affects the subject of the folk songs. For example, songs from the Black Sea are generally lively and express the customs of the region. Folk instruments range from string instruments such as the bağlama; bow instruments such as the kemençe; and percussion and wind instruments, including the zurna, ney, and davul. Regional variations place importance on different instruments, e.g. the darbuka in Rumeli and the kemençe around the Eastern Black Sea region.

About the Ensemble

Wind of Anatolia was created three years ago by musicians who felt the need for a space to play Turkish music not aimed for commercial audiences, but for more discerning listeners.
Wind of Anatolia has changed and transformed over the years and now includes both traditional and popular music in its repertoire.

About the Musicians:

Esat Seyho comes from a family with a musical background. He began taking formal music lessons at a young age, including studies on the nay (reed flute) and began performing with his younger sister at age 10. Once he discovered the baglama, he changed the focus of his music studies into the folk genre, performing at theaters throughout his high school and college years. He has been lead singer for Wind of Anatolia for the past three years.

Ismail Siglam (Co-Founder) s
tarted playing baglama at a young age, and influenced by local musicians in Central Turkey, he mainly performed dance tunes. While he was in college, he met Alevi and Sufi baglama players which changed the direction of his music. Throughout college in Turkey, he played Alevi, Sufi, and Kurdish music. Once in the United States, he looked for opportunities to play Turkish folk music and seeing a lack of bands performing traditional music, he co-founded the Wind of Anatolia.

Fatih M. Bayram (Co-Founder) has been playing the guitar and performing since 1995, including throughout his college years in Turkey, where he studied English language and literature. Since coming to the United States, He has played Turkish folk and popular music in many cities across the U.S., including Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York, introducing the sound of Turkish folk and popular music to many Americans at cultural events and festivals around the country. He currently works as a producer and dubbing coordinator, and directs audio recording sessions.

Ozcan Atav began playing music in traditional folk bands eight years ago, starting with the guitar. Being of Cerkez background, he also played traditional drums in the energetic and fast-paced style of this region. He currently plays the darbuka, bendir, and drums in the Wind of Anatolia.

Last updated: 2010-11-10 19:13:29

Wind of Anatolia
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