Trio Hellas (GRC)

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Erdem Şimşek (TUR)

Erdem Şimşek was born in Ankara, on 1984. He is one of the prominent baglama performers of younger generation. He started to play baglama when he was six with the influences of his grandfather Asık Suleyman Kocak. He graduated from METU, Geological Engineering Department in 2007.

He completed his ethnomusicology master degree in ITU MIAM, where he worked as a research assistant until 2015. He continues his doctoral studies in ITU Musicology and Music Theory Program and works as a lecturer in ITU Turkish Music State Concervatory Instrument Department. Behind the concerts with Bengi Baglama Trio and Lal Baglama Trio he has been performing in many different international music projects such as the ones with Dresden Sinfoniker and Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. He performed in many music programs in national TV (TRT), like Bergüzar, Dem Bu Dem, Katre, Yediveren, Telli Turnam…

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InceSaz (TUR)

İncesaz wurde 1997 von Murat Aydemir, Derya Türkan und Cengiz Onural gegründet. Istanbul lyra, tanbur und kanun sind die wichtigsten…

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Christophe Bourdoiseau (FRA)

Der Franzose Christophe Bourdoiseau präsentiert französische Chansons im traditionellen Sinne. Aber seine eigenen Lieder sind keine Erzählungen über die Bohème…

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Sina Nossa (PRT)

Seven musicians from North Rhine-Westphalia shared their passion for fado. In 2005, five Portuguese, a Brazilian and a German founded Sina Nossa – or in English: our destiny. While fado is the driving force, anyone expecting Sina Nossa to be a classical fado ensemble is in for a surprise because the musicians fuse their musical roots with elements from classical music, jazz, pop and folklore and bring their different musical characters to bear, imbuing the music with their own, inimitable style.

The melancholy and world-weariness of the fado are mingled with rhythm, carefree vivacity and joie de vivre, but without pathos…

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Die Grenzgänger (DEU)

Music from the world meets German folk song and chanson

Die Grenzgänger (The front-lineers) from Bremen gave guest performances throughout the Federal Republic, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Austria and Sweden with a stirring mix of chanson, folk song, jazz, blues and music cabaret. Deutschlandradio sent the group as a German contribution to the Festival of European Broadcasting in Norway.
In the current line-up, the „Grenzgänger“ sound as powerful and virtuosic as it is rare…

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Duo Doyna (DEU)

The Duo Doyna combines musical worlds in lively Frejlachs and fast Bulgarian dances from the traditional wedding and dance music of the Eastern European Jews, Sephardic sounds from the Mediterranean region and their own compositions: The touching and rousing Klezmer melodies, which have been associated for centuries with the farmer dances of the East and South-Eastern European countries, grow in the virtuoso improvisations of the duo beyond themselves and combine with hints of jazz, rock and funk…

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Tolgahan Çoğulu (TUR)

Tolgahan Çoğulu (b. 1978 in Ankara, Turkey) began his classical guitar studies at the age of twelve. He studied with Ayhan Akkaya, Soner Egesel, Bekir Kucukay and Ricardo Moyano between 1996-2001. He has participated in Iserlohn, Lambesc, Esztregom and Westfalian guitar festivals and studied with guitarists such as Roland Dyens, Carlo Domeniconi, Dale Kavanagh, William Kanensiger and Jorge Cardoso.
He received both Master of Music and PhD degrees on classical guitar from Istanbul Technical University, Center for Advanced Studies in Music where he studied with Soner Egesel and Bekir Küçükay. His PhD thesis is entitled ‘The Adaptation of Baglama Techniques into Classical Guitar Performance’ and…

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Vural Güler

The musician and instructor Vural Güler was born in 1971 in Ankara. For over 20 years he has performed all varieties of bağlama, tar and lute. He appears regularly at intercultural music and song recitals, concerts, and festivals in Germany, Turkey, and other European countries.
In his performances, Vural Güler adapts traditional Anatolian folk songs into an elegant and modern idiom. Rhythms and instruments are combined in new and innovative ways and harmonically complement his soft and resonant voice…

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Razbar Ensemble

Razbar Ensemble was founded in 1997 in Bonn, Germany, and it’s primary goal is to present the sacred music of the Ahl-e Haqq, whose extraordinarily rich repertoire is derived from its deep roots in ancient spiritual and artistic traditions. From the outset of their artistic career, the Razbar Ensemble has drawn its motivation from the audience, who has been especially enthusiastic about discovering this previously unknown style of music.

The repertoire consists of a rich heritage of sacred texts and melodies that have been passed down from generation to generation. The compositions are varied, and there is no predetermined format for their performance. The texts and melodies are intuitively arranged, and even the number of musicians, singers, and members of the chorus may vary from one concert to the next…

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