DEM Trio, places the roots of its musical preferences within the Anatolian Traditional Music Culture, and sails to unknown harbors with the winds of improvisation. Besides, DEM’s music is carrying a desire of putting forward an idea for “a specific polyphony based on Anatolian makam structures” that can be acquired through an ensemble of traditional instruments. The recordings on the new CD of the Trio witness a part of the Anatolian geography based journey of the Trio routing towards the dance repertoire of Anatolian land this time that can be traced back to ancient times
A new important Felmay’s release by DEM Trio. Formed by Derya Türkan (Istanbul kemençe), Murat Salim Tokaç (tanbur, ney) and Cenk Güray (divan sazı, cura, tanbura, abdal sazı), DEM Trio places the roots of its musical preferences within the Anatolian Traditional Music Culture, and sails to unknown harbors with the winds of improvisation. Besides, DEM’s music is carrying a desire of putting forward an idea for a specific polyphony based on Anatolian makam structures that can be acquired through an ensemble of traditional instruments. The recordings on the new CD witness a part of the Anatolian geography based journey of DEM Trio routing towards the dance repertoire of Anatolian land this time that can be traced back to ancient times. The repertoire of this CD includes the performances of DEM Trio on various dance tunes including halay, sirto and zeybek dances. The melodic dreams created on these tunes are reflected by the addition of a unique harmonic accompaniment in accordance with makam music theory and gives way to substantive improvisations on these specific themes.
DERYA TÜRKAN Born in 1973 in Istanbul. Studied kemence with Ihsan Özgen in Istanbul Technical University Conservatory between 1984 and 1994. Performed as a guest artist with the “Istanbul State Classical Turkish Music Ensemble” between 1990 and 1997, under the guidance of the general artistic director Prof. Necdet Yasar. Entered the TRT Istanbul Radio in 1991 and became a permanent artist there in 2000. Got the chance to collaborate with respectable masters like Alaaddin Yavasça, Bekir Sidki Sezgin, Erol Deran, Niyazi Sayin, Mutlu Torun, Inci Cayirli and Yavuz Özüstün. Performing with the famous Kudsi Erguner Band in many countries since 1992. Attended the 80th birthday concert of the famous violin player Sir Yehudi Menuhin, which was organized by the President of France, in Sorbonne University in 1996.Attended seminars, workshops and gave lectures in many universities including San Francisco, Santa Cruse, Sorbonne, Harvard, M.I.T and New England. Turkan gave concerts in the prestigious venues and festivals all around Europe including Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Essen Philharmonic Hall, Utrecht Vredenburg, Amsterdam Concert Gebouw, Ljubliana Druga Godba Festival, Madrid and Zaragoza. Continues to give seminars in Ross Daly’s “Labyrinth Musical Workshop” school in Crete since 2004. Performed as a guest artist in Jordi Savall’s “Orient – Occident, La Sublime Port and Mare Nostrum” albums. Also performed many times with the band “Hesperion”. Worked as the musical director of the well-known Turkish movie “Yahşi Batı”, directed by Cem Yılmaz. Performed for the score of the movie “Argo”, directed by Ben Affleck.
MURAT SALİM TOKAÇ As one of the most prominent and noteworthy ney (reedflute) and tanbur performers, Murat Sâlim Tokaç was born in Kırıkkale, in 1969. After graduating from University of 19th May (Samsun) from Faculty of Medicine, he received the doctorate degree in the field of microbiology. In the year of 2014, he obtained the rank of associate professor in “Turkish musical performances”. He was assigned to Samsun State Choir of Turkish Classical Music, affiliated to the Ministry of Culture, as ney and tanbur player, where he became the conductor of the choir in 2004. In 2007, he was assigned to a brand-new institution, “State Ensemble of Research and Performance on Turkish Classical Music” as an art director in İstanbul. He carried out several concerts with chorus, gave recitals in solo performances and participated in several TV programs in Turkey. Individually or accompanied by the bands and ensembles; as well as performing ney and tanbur, he gave seminars and made speeches upon the culture of music in many places, including all European countries, in addition, the USA, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russian Federation and Australia. As a performer and art-director he has produced many CD recordings, as an author or an editor he has published a great number of articles, book chapters and columns in many periodicals, Currently, Murat Salim Tokaç works for the Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism as the DirectorGeneral of Fine Arts and carries out his academic-artistic studies as a professor of performance in Hacı Bayram Veli University Conservatory for Turkish Music. He is also a member of the Academic Board of the Ataturk Cultural Center
CENK GÜRAY Born in Ankara 1973. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1995, a master’s degree in 1998 and a Ph.D.in 2003 from the Mining Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University. In 2006 he received a master’s degree in Musicology from Başkent University and in 2012 he received a Ph.D. in Turkish Religious Music from Ankara University Faculty of Divinity and Institute of Social Sciences. Currently he is working as a Professor of Music Theory in the Department of Music Theory of the Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory being mainly concentrated on “Turkish Music Theory”, “Makam Analysis” and “Theory of Cycles”. As a bağlama performer he had the chance of being inspired from many musicians like Erhan Kürkçü, Mehmet Semiz, Okan Murat Öztürk, Veysel Aydın, Selçuk Sipahioğlu, Hasan Erdoğan, Süleyman Erguner, Tahir Aydoğdu, Durul Gence, Murat Arkan, Erkan Oğur, Murat Salim Tokaç, Ali Fuat Aydın, Sarp Maden, Muammer Ketencoğlu and forming groups like ABİS-Experimental Music Ensemble, Mediterranean Orchestra, Yağmur Öncesi, Dem Trio, Zeybek Havaları, Akis, Barok Miniatures and METU Turkish Folklore Club Bağlama Orchestra. As a performer, composer and researcher he had taken place as a speaker, performer and as a director in many symposiums, conferences, concerts, seminars, workshops, masterclasses, TV-Radio programs, CD projects worldwide and wrote or edited many books, book chapters, papers, stories and poems regarding his area of concentration. Cenk Güray is also the working as the director of the Ensemble for Anatolian Music Cultures and as a member of the Scientific Board of the Atatürk Cultural Center
DEM TRIO Derya Turkan Murat Salim Tokaç Cenk Guray from Felmay Shop
1. Tenedio (Aziziye Sirtosu) 2. Tanbur Taksim on Acem Asiran Makam 3. Su Izmir’in Daglarında (Zeybek Dance in Acemasiran makam (Tahsin Karakus) 4. Izmir Bergama Kocaarap Zeybegi 5. Eski Kordon Zeybegi (“Çaktım çaktım yanmadı” Zeybek Dance from Western Anatolia) 6. Tanbur Taksim on Nikriz Makam 7. Izmir Bergama Sogukkuyu Zeybegi 8. Tanbur Taksim on Muhayyer Kürdi-Acem Kürdi Makam(s) 9. San ta Marmara Tis Polis (Karsılama Dance from Anatolia and Lesvos) 10. Su Daglar Ulu Daglar (Halay Dance from Kırsehir) 11. Limni Zeybegi 12. Divan Sazı Taksim on Muhayyer Kürdi Makam 13. Çakırım Gelir Naz ile (Zeybek Dance-Folk Song from Ankara) 14. Divan Sazı and Cura Taksim on Makam Hicaz 15. Manisa Soma Üç Parmak Zeybegi 16. Oduncular Dagdan Odun Indirir (Zeybek Dance-Folk Song from Manisa) 17. Divan Sazı Taksim on Makam Hicaz 18. Hicaz Izmir Zeybegi 19. Mugla Milas Yagmur Yagdı Zeybegi 20. Ayın Ortasında Bir Sarı Yıldız (Halay Dance-Agırlama from Van