Budapest Folk Fest - Turkish Evening

Event date/time : 2019-05-25 20:00

Canlar with guest Erdal Salikoglu (TR) and Guessous Majda Mária; Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin

Canlar Ensemble (HU) was formed in Hungary in 1997. At first they played strictly for their own entertainment, then, upon urging from friends, in 1998 they performed before an audience for the first time. Since then they have played at numerous festivals both in Hungary and abroad. The ensemble performs classical Turkish music and Turkish minstrel verse. They perform the traditional style and their own arrangements.

Erdal Şalikoğlu (TR)
In 1983 Erdal Şalikoğlu finished medical school at Istanbul University. While in university, he came in contact with folk music and folk dance at the Boğaziçi University Folklore Club. Between 1991 and 1993 became friends with Hungarian musician Kobzos Kiss Tamás. The two then began working on cultural contacts between the two peoples. The result was three recordings of Turkish and Hungarian old music in two languages (Aşık Veysel - Yunus Emre - Pir Sultan Abdal - Balassi Bálint). From 1991 on they played several hundred concerts together in Hungary, Transylvania (Romania) and Turkey.


Hungarian-Moroccan singer Guessous Majda Mária (Mesi) (HU) is a winner of Hungary’s Junior Prima award. She plays creatively with the Hungarian, Turkish, Arab and Indian musical traditions, building bridges between cultures in Hungary and wherever she goes. Over the last two years she has performed in Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Belgium, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. She began studying Turkish folk music in Istanbul in 2009 under an Erasmus Grant as a student of the Hungarian Academy of Music - and ever since Turkish music tradition has been part of Mesi’s rainbow colored musical world.


Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin

Vardan Hovanissian is recognised as a specialist in traditional Armenian woodwind instruments. Strongly rooted in traditional Armenian music, Vardan almost naturally creates links with the music of neighboring territories such as Turkey and Syria, and with other European folk and jazz influences.

Emre Gültekin discovered music thanks to his father Lütfü Gültekin teaching him to play the saz. Today Emre is an accomplished artist in his own right, engaged in many musical projects and interacting with diverse influences, with musicians from many different backgrounds. He also plays in his family group Gültekinlerand has started to write film music alongside his day job as a sound engineer.



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