- Turkish & Ottoman Classical Music
Bilgin (ney), Murat Aydemir (tanbur)
||Nevâ Pesrevi Tanburî Cemil Bey
||Müsterek Taksim (Joint Improvisation)
|| Ussak Sazsemaîsi - Neyzen Aziz Dede
||Fihrist Taksim (Rast Family)
|| Pençgâh Sazsemâîsi Dimitrie
||Ferahfezâ Pesrevi - Tanburî Cemil Bey
||Müsterek Taksim (Joint Improvisation) &
Sultânîyegâh Sazsemâîsi - Nedim Aga
||Sehnâz Pesrevi Kemanî Ali Aga
||Müsterek Taksim (Joint Improvisation)
||Hicaz Sazsemâîsi - Veli Dede
The Mystery of Nevâ
Sound, like a ship passing through the mysterious, is a bridge
between the ocean unfathomable and the world in which we live. Since time immemorial,
every lover of music who journeys on the musical sea has crossed this bridge.
For us, Nevâ serves as our bridge to that mystical, veiled ocean. Nevâ
has always been a keystone of our music – never failing to reveal new
doors, horizons, and worlds to all who pass through. Nevâ offers a strong
foundation, not just when presented as a sound or tone, but also as a mode,
harmony and melody. To honor this, we open this recording with Nevâ Pesrevi
by Tanburî Cemil Bey who has been a flame inspiring all tanbur players
since his time. We also wished to name the final album Nevâ. In this recording,
we tried to carry the torch of Nevâ, handed down through the ages from
musician to musician, as far as our power, heart and love would allow us to,
bowing only to musical concerns. We did our best not to compromise this pure
style that has been flowing throughout history.
We present Nevâ to the listener, asking for forgiveness for our mistakes,
if you should hear any. We'd like to express our gratitude: first of all to
our teachers who made it possible for us to collaborate; to Cengiz Onural who
opened the doors of not only his studio, but also his heart, and who catalyzed
our creation of this work; to Hüseyin Tuncel who played the rhythm section
during the recordings and was always by our side in spirit; and to Kaf Music
Company. Every breath taken, every plectrum moved to bring about this humble
creation is dedicated to its reason forbeing.
With thanks --
Murat Aydemir (tanbur) and Salih Bilgin (ney).
Salih Bilgin was born in Istanbul in 1960. His family roots
are from Bolvadin, Afyon in Western Turkey. In 1980, Bilgin entered the Turkish
Music Government Conservatory at Istanbul Technical University. His teachers
included Niyazi Sayin (ney), Özdal Orhon (theory, solfeggio, & repertoire),
Hursit Ungay (rhythm), Ahmet Kabakli (literature), and Cafer Açin (organology).
In 1984, he graduated from Nefesli Sazlar (Reed Instruments) Ney section and
joined the Istanbul Government Classic Music Chorus. Bilgin was among the founders
of Izmit Municipal Conservatory and served this instititution for four years.
In 1996, he performed in a series of concerts called Parthenon to IstanbuI with
U.S.-based Romeiko Ensemble. The ensemble appeared at Nashville’s Parthenon,
Boston’s Meliotis Center, Princeton University and New York Hunter College.
Music from this project was released in the U.S. in 1999. In 2003, Bilgin once
again joined Romeiko Ensemble for concerts in St. Berlioz Church in New York,
and in Washington D.C. Also in 1996, Bilgin performed in concert with Turkish
musicians Sehvar Besiroglu, Serhan Ayhan, Derya Türkan and Feridun Özgeren
in Boston as part of MIT Aga Han project. This group of musicians participated
in a seminar organized by Harvard University’s Middle East Studies Music
Group and Musicology Department.
In 1997, as a member of Istanbul Tasavvuf Music and Sema Ensemble, Bilgin performed
a Mevlevi ritual in Sarejova's International Bascarsija (Basçarsi) Festival.
In addition, he has been a performer with the Turkish Government’s Classical
Music Chorus both in Turkey and abroad.
In 1999, Bilgin participated in a project presenting the works from Ali Ufki
& Kantemir Edvars. (An edvar is a book about musical rules). In this project,
fellow musicians were Sehvar Besiroglu, Murat Aydemir, Hüseyin Tuncel and
Derya Türkan. Later, with the addition of Cengiz Onural to this group,
the Cantemir Ensemble was formed. This group produced two albums that accompanied
Professor Yalçin Tura's extensive work Kantemiroglu Edvari. Later, Bilgin
recorded with Hüseyin Tuncel, Murat Aydemir, Taner Sayacioglu and Derya
Türkan two more albums to accompany Docent Fikret Kutlug's book Türk
Musikisinde Makamlar (The Makams of Turkish Music).
Some of Bilgin’s other recording works include the "Bir sarkidir
Yasamak (Living is a Song)" music series and "Ussak Fasli," by
Dogan Dikmen. Bilgin is also the ney player on several recordings produced by
the Turkish Music Foundation including recordings by famed vocalists Alâaeddin
Yavasça, Inci Çayirli and Melihat Gülses. In addition, Bilgin
wrote the chapter on ney for Çetin Körükçü's Türk
Musikisi (Turkish Music).
Between 1989 and September 2001, Bilgin was an instructor at his alma mater.
Currently, he is a member of Government Conservatory. He continues to study
ney and mouthpiece making, marbling (ebru), and prayer beads (tesbih) under
the guidance of his teacher, Niyazi Sayin. Bilgin is married and has a daughter.
Salih Bilgin made the ney used in this recording.
Murat Aydemir was born in Hanover, Germany in 1971. Aydemir
studied at the Istanbul Technical University National Turkish Music Conservatory,
beginning in 1982. He graduated from the Instrument Education Department of
the Conservatory as an exceptionally outstanding student, and was accepted to
the Master's program of the Conservatory without further examination. His tanbur
teacher from his entry until his graduation was Tanbûri Necip Gülses,
who has influenced Aydemir in playing techniques and art as well as the direction.
After listening to Tanbûri Cemil Bey's performances on 78 RPM discs, he
believed Tanbûri Cemil Bey's art is the ideal to be reached. Tanbûri
Cemil Bey's influence on Aydemir's art life persisted during his education and
in his professional life. In 1988, when he was only 16 years old, he was invited
to perform with the prestigious Culture Ministry Istanbul Government Turkish
Music Ensemble, formed and directed by tanbur master Prof. Dr. Necdet Yasar.
In 1989, Aydemir was a guest tanbur player of this ensemble. During this period,
the opportunities to play with the best musicians of this genre opened new horizons
for him. Most importantly, Aydemir studied with Necdet Yasar, who represents
the link from Tanbûri Cemil Bey and his son Mesud Cemil in terms of school
and sound. This instruction included style (üslup), technique, timbre (tone
colour), makam, taksim (improvisation), composing within improvisation, agility,
and other topics.
Murat Aydemir has performed with such prestigious musicians as vocalists Bekir
Sidki Sezgin and Alâaeddin Yavasça, kanun player Erol Deran, kemençe
player Ihsan Özgen, and oud player Cinuçen Tanrikorur. He performed
solo, and in duets and trios for various television performances and concerts.
Since 1990, Aydemir has been a member of the Istanbul Ministry of Culture’s
Classical Turkish Music Chorus and has participated in countless concerts in
Turkey and abroad.
Aydemir recorded Ahenk, a duo album with Derya Türkan (kemençe)
released by Golden Horn Records in 1997. In that same year, Aydemir, Derya Türkan
and Cengiz Onural formed Incesaz, which has released the albums "Eski Nisan
(Aged April)”, “Ikinci Bahar (Second Spring)”, and “Eylül
Sarkilari (September Songs).” Incesaz performs many of Onural’s
and Aydemir's compositions in these recordings. In addition to tanbur, Aydemir
Murat Aydemir's goals are to maintain the traditional way of performing, yet
to expand and introduce new ideas. He is dedicated to preserving the performance
practice of the tanbur, traditionally a unique Turkish instrument, for new generations.
The tanbur used by Murat Aydemir in this recording was made by master Sacit
Recorded at Aria Studios, Istanbul
Recording & Mixing by Cengiz Onural
Golden Horn Records, GHP 022-2, 2004
Artwork: Siir Ozbilge ilerix.com