Derya Turkan & Murat Aydemir | Ahenk, Volume 2 (Turkish Classical Music)

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Ahenk, Volume 2 (Turkish Classical Music)

by Derya Turkan & Murat Aydemir

Instrumental Turkish & Ottoman Classical Music
Genre: World: Middle East Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Arazbar Pesrevi - Eyyûbî Mehmed Çelebi (-1650?)
3:25 album only
2. Müsterek Hüseynî’ye geçis taksimi, Joint improvisation, transiti
4:23 album only
3. Ussâk Tanbûr taksimi - Improvisation on tanbur
2:43 album only
4. Ussâk Pesrevi - Tanbûrî Osmân Bey (1816-1885)
8:12 album only
5. Ussâk Saz semâîsi - Neyzen Sâlih Dede (1823-1888)
4:16 album only
6. Sedd-i Arabân Pesrevi - Tanbûrî Refik Fersan (1893-1965)
6:44 album only
7. Müsterek Sedd-i Arabân taksim - Joint improvisation in Sedd-I Ar
4:57 album only
8. Sedd-i Arabân Saz semâîsi - Tanbûrî Cemîl Bey (1871-1916)
5:22 album only
9. Mahûr Kemençe taksimi - Improvisation on kemence
3:31 album only
10. Mâhûr Pesrevi - Raûf Yektâ Bey (1871-1935)
4:23 album only
11. Müsterek Pesendîde’ye geçis taksimi Joint improvisation, transit
3:28 album only
12. Pesendîde Saz semâîsi - III.Selîm Hân (1761-1808)
2:24 album only


Album Notes
Golden Horn celebrates its newest release by Ahenk Duo, a musical union of Derya Türkan (kemence -three stringed fiddle) and Murat Aydemir (tanbur - long-necked lute).

On this their second album, Ahenk Duo performs works by Tanburi Osman Bey, Tanburi Cemil Bey, Tanburi Refik Fersan, Dede Efendi, Neyzen Salih Dede among others. Album’s program also features solo and joint improvisations. Music presented ranges works from 17th through 20th centuries in makams Arazbar, Ussak, Sedd-i Araban, Mahur and Pesendide. The Duo performs these pieces and improvisations masterfully in this second part of their journey of Turkish and Ottoman classical music.

Back in 1997, Golden Horn produced very first recording of two friends; Derya Türkan and Murat Aydemir. Album was titled “Ahenk” which means "harmony" in Turkish. This title reflected these two musicians' friendship as well as their style and performance of Turkish & Ottoman classical music. At that time, Derya and Murat were in their early twenties. They already had many years of performance experience in prestigious ensembles. Both of them had very sound training in their style of music. They were students of the leading players of Turkish classical music and showed a lot of promise for the future. Over the years, first album’s title gave the duo it is name: "Ahenk Duo". Both musicians perform in other groups, sometimes together, sometimes separately and have their own individual ways of musicianship and musical interests. When they get together to play, as very capable extensions and performers of music that reaches back centuries, they perform on tanbur and kemence, in a style that has become seldom displayed.

This new recording continues where the first album left. Over the years, both musicians lived up to expectations and they are now considered to be leading performers of their respective instruments. Derya recorded other albums; including “Letter from Istanbul” and Murat recorded other albums as well, including “Neva”; both on Golden Horn. Initial volume of Ahenk, over the years, became a reference album for many; not only for those individuals who were getting their first introduction to this tradition, but also for those who had immersed themselves in this music already. Both albums contain compositions from various periods of classical music as well as taksims (improvisations) performed solo and jointly. This joint improvisation style is a development that Murat and Derya have inherited from their teachers, Ihsan Özgen and Necdet Yasar, and continue to perform. Murat also demonstrates this style on another duo recording, this time with the ney player Salih Bilgin on album called “Neva”.

“Ahenk Volume 2” was recorded in Istanbul in Aria Studios which is located in Üsküdar district. From the balcony of this studio, one can view ships and boats sail through the Bosphorus with the reminders of city’s past in the background; a beautiful location to record an album like this. Cengiz Onural, a member of Incesaz -- another group in which Murat and Derya perform -- was the recording engineer. In a recording like this, it was crucial to work with an engineer who is intimately familiar with the artists, instruments and music.



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Tamara Turner, CD Baby

Recorded in Istanbul at Aria Studios, a location from which one can view boats sailing through the Bosphorus, Ahenk, Volume 2 features the haunting, plaintive and yet soothing cry of the kemence, the three stringed Turkish fiddle, in delicate and pristine musical conversation with tanbur. It is only natural to be completely transfixed by the performances given by Derya Turkan and Murat Aydemir as they present a breathtaking and magically lulling album of Turkish classical music, showcasing works by Tanburi Osman Bey, Tanburi Cemil Bey, Tanburi Refik Fersan, Dede Efendi, Neyzen Salih Dede and others. Appropriately-titled (“ahenk” means harmony in Turkish), the album not only represents many voices in Turkish music but also exhibits the inspired musicianship of these gifted musicians with three joint and two solo improvisations influenced by their teachers, Ihsan Özgen and Necdet Yasar. Since their very first recording with Golden Horn Productions in 1997, Turkan and Aydemir have both recorded separately as well as together, both having studied with major figures in Turkish classical music and having shown great promise over the years. Now considered to be leading performers of their respective instruments, these men have earned themselves a highlighted spot within their community and audience and have more than met the challenge of such high expectations. Aside from their background and the details of their growth and their music, the beauty of this album comes down to the palpable, deeply felt emotion and purity of spirit guiding their playing.