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Program: #06-17 Air Date: Apr 08, 2006
Note: The music on this program highlights one of the most unusual recordings to unite old instruments and the modern orchestra. This special presentation is to celebrate the Istanbul International Music Festival 2005.
The recording features a variety of master instrumentalists performing
with the Tekfen Orchestra mostly improvised material on their
chosen instruments. This recording is on Sony Music Turkey, and is
CD # 099709-04524. For information about the Tefken ensemble, contact
There is a new English-language section of this site that will allow you to
navigate to the Tekfen Black Sea Philharmonic Orchestra section, including
schedules of performance. To contact Nihat Bey, who created this amazing
performance ensemble (and who was heard in interview during this program), write:
To reach Sony Turkey, contact
This program is made possible in part by a grant from the American-Turkish
Council, the American Friends of Turkey, Raymond James International Holding
(independent investment and financial planning advice and investment banking
services in the United States and Turkey since 1962), and the Turkish Cultural
Foundation, dedicated to promoting Turkish culture and heritage.
The pieces on this special program were live performances given to us by
Nihat Bey directly, and include these instruments:
Arif Sag performs on this ancient Anatolian instrument, which is a multi-stringed,
plucked, lute-like relative of the Central Asian kopaz.
Ercan Irmak plays the 9 node, 7 hole reed flute called the ney--found in Anatolian
Turk and Sumerian excavations going back to 2800 BC.
Syrian-born Juan Karajoli plays the direct ancestor of the lute, still popular in Turkey
today; the Arabic phrase el-oud means "yellow patience" (that is to say, aloe wood)
from which the instrument was originally constructed.
The late Azerbaijani master Adalet Vezirov played this small bowed string
instrument nearly unchanged from its medieval Persian origins.
Kazakhstani performer Raushan Mussakhojayeva played this small, bowed,
two-stringed 9th century instrument--the strings are sounded over an open,
heart-shaped sound hole.
Uzbeki performer Sakir Hudayberdiyev plays this 3,000-year-old instrument
that is the ancestor of both the medieval psaltery, the Middle Eastern
santur, and the Appalachian hammer dulcimer.
Dating back to pre-historic times, Bulgarian master (and Grammy award-winner)
Theodosii Spassov plays this 8 holed flute, arguably the oldest identifiable
CD # 099709-04524