The Music Of: Turkey
The Music Of: Turkey

This is the distillation of my emotions, my perspective, on the music of this land. I do not want to try and give you a history lesson on a foreign country or to tell you which side of a political debate to be on. Rather it is my intent to allow you, the viewer, to imagine the stories and lives of these people you are about to meet. The following images aim to reflect the essence of a moment. Music is used as a window through which to view culture, crossing all borders to connect us and to show our shared humanity.
For those interested in more information or to follow up on the sounds of Turkey, further notes and a suggested listening guide can be found here.
This is, The Music Of: Turkey

Record Store Day at Kontra Plak Records

  Crowd at    Yavuz Fest

Crowd at Yavuz Fest

  “This is not the place to find the real Turkish music, I will play maybe one traditional song.” -Erkan Oğur     Erkan Oğur    with ’   Telvin   ’ at    Kadıkōy Sahne    as part of    XJAZZ    Istanbul

“This is not the place to find the real Turkish music, I will play maybe one traditional song.” -Erkan Oğur

Erkan Oğur with ’Telvin’ at Kadıkōy Sahne as part of XJAZZ Istanbul

  Harun Aksu is a tea (çay in turkish) farmer and shepherd by trade, kaval player and community leader by nature. His house, a center for the preservation of Hamshen culture, music, and language, is over 150 years old, passed down through the generations in a village just a few miles out of Hopa, near the Georgian border.

Harun Aksu is a tea (çay in turkish) farmer and shepherd by trade, kaval player and community leader by nature. His house, a center for the preservation of Hamshen culture, music, and language, is over 150 years old, passed down through the generations in a village just a few miles out of Hopa, near the Georgian border.

   Ah! Kosmos    at    Roxy Club    as part of    XJAZZ    Istanbul

Ah! Kosmos at Roxy Club as part of XJAZZ Istanbul

   Ah! Kosmos    at    Roxy Club    as part of    XJAZZ    Istanbul

Ah! Kosmos at Roxy Club as part of XJAZZ Istanbul

  Crowd at    COOP

Crowd at COOP

   Astrofella    playing Record Store Day at    Kontra Plak Records

Astrofella playing Record Store Day at Kontra Plak Records

  Crowd at    Cappadox

Crowd at Cappadox

  Overlooking the city, an international group share an evening of wine music and friendship. Iranian, Turkish, American, British, Moroccan, this is the Silk Road of music.    A Rooftop near Galata

Overlooking the city, an international group share an evening of wine music and friendship. Iranian, Turkish, American, British, Moroccan, this is the Silk Road of music.

A Rooftop near Galata

  Crowd   waving a flag at    Ces    me Reggae Fest

Crowd waving a flag at Cesme Reggae Fest

  “I took my trumpet and I wrote ‘love love love’ (Sevgi in Turkish).   And I understood the true love, especially to my trumpet and my music, or maybe I just remembered it.   But I lost that feeling in another setting, because I wanted to control it, I wanted to live it whenever I wanted, but this is the most opposite thing.”     Barış Demirel

“I took my trumpet and I wrote ‘love love love’ (Sevgi in Turkish).
And I understood the true love, especially to my trumpet and my music, or maybe I just remembered it.
But I lost that feeling in another setting, because I wanted to control it, I wanted to live it whenever I wanted, but this is the most opposite thing.”

Barış Demirel

  Child Dancing at    Cesme Reggae Fest

Child Dancing at Cesme Reggae Fest

  Dervish during a sama show at    Mevlana Kültür Merkezi

Dervish during a sama show at Mevlana Kültür Merkezi

  At    Hiç Hane    (meaning "House of nothing") near Rumi’s tomb in Konya.

At Hiç Hane (meaning "House of nothing") near Rumi’s tomb in Konya.

  Rebab maker and instrumentalist in workshop, Konya

Rebab maker and instrumentalist in workshop, Konya

   Görkem Şen    playing his Yaybahar with  Mercan Dede    at sunrise,    Cappadox

Görkem Şen playing his Yaybahar with Mercan Dede at sunrise, Cappadox

  Cem Yıldız of    iNSANLAR    at    Kontra Plak Records    on Record Store Day

Cem Yıldız of iNSANLAR at Kontra Plak Records on Record Store Day

  In the rehearsal studio with    Lawje

In the rehearsal studio with Lawje

  Mehmet Yılmaz, Şavşat

Mehmet Yılmaz, Şavşat

  Mehmet Yılmaz, Şavşat

Mehmet Yılmaz, Şavşat

  Yaşar Güvenç of    Tumata

Yaşar Güvenç of Tumata

  Street Art captured in Konya

Street Art captured in Konya

  Kemençe player and dancers at    Birol Topaloğlu   ’s    Ezmoce Köy Evi

Kemençe player and dancers at Birol Topaloğlu’s Ezmoce Köy Evi

  Bağlama player, Istanbul

Bağlama player, Istanbul

  Can Çakmakçı co-founder of the label    Partapart

Can Çakmakçı co-founder of the label Partapart

  A late night of songs in the back of a Kurdish Cafe. Istanbul

A late night of songs in the back of a Kurdish Cafe. Istanbul

  Kafkas University Orchestra

Kafkas University Orchestra

  Crowd at    Yavuz Fest

Crowd at Yavuz Fest

  “Armenian music has always been played in this city, but in a traditional way. Our idea was using the traditional roots and changing it in our styles, in today's spirit. Making it open to young people.”    Vomank    at    İstanbul Rock Festivali

“Armenian music has always been played in this city, but in a traditional way. Our idea was using the traditional roots and changing it in our styles, in today's spirit. Making it open to young people.”
Vomank at İstanbul Rock Festivali

  Outside    COOP

Outside COOP

  Mani from Iran performs on İstiklâl Caddesi

Mani from Iran performs on İstiklâl Caddesi

  “It's a hard part of the world of course, and I think the main thing is, you have to do what you do, and you have to do what you do best. Maybe it's because of all the pain, all of the circumstances, music must be a celebration for them, a way to express themselves.” -- Hakan Tamar, Radio Host at    standart.fm     A cheering crowd for    The Ringo Jets    at    Salon

“It's a hard part of the world of course, and I think the main thing is, you have to do what you do, and you have to do what you do best. Maybe it's because of all the pain, all of the circumstances, music must be a celebration for them, a way to express themselves.” -- Hakan Tamar, Radio Host at standart.fm

A cheering crowd for The Ringo Jets at Salon