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"SUFI TO FLAMENCO FASCINATING TILL LAST MOMENT"

Press review in Dutch, describes opening of the touurt in the Netherlands in 2009. Needs translation, will be added soon.

In Dutch:
Van soefi tot flamenco boeiend tot laatste minuut

Een voorstelling als een prachtreis van Zuid-Spanje via Noord-Afrika naar Turkije met mooie ingrediënten: flamenco, soefimuziek uit Turkije en dansende derwisjen. Sinds de elfde eeuw is er een levendige kruisbestuiving gaande tussen de culturen rond de Middellandse zee. Flamencogitarist Adrian Elissen en Tahir Aydogdu, bespeler van de kanun, een Turkse citer waren bij hun eerste ontmoeting verbaasd over het gemak waarmee ze elkaar beïnvloeden. Die verbazing zie je nog steeds terug op het podium. Als jazzmusici tasten ze elkaar af en voeren een spannend vraag- en antwoordspel op waarbij de combinatie van de klaterende kanun en de flitsende flamencogitaar van grote schoonheid is. Maar ook de zang van Bilal Demiryürek imponeert. Na de pauze mag hij voor op het podium in duet met zijn Saapnse collega Carlos Denia Moreno zingen. Ook dat is kippenvel. De aanblik van de flamencodanseres Kika en de dansende derwisj voelt vreemd vanwege de totaal verschillende concentratie, maar de draaibewegingen combineren wonderschoon. Het programma is uitstekend van opbouw en ijzersterk uitgevoerd. De zonder uitzondering uitstekende muzikanten trappen niet in niet in de valkuil van de virtuositeit en bieden veel variatie. Daardoor blijft Van soefi tot flamenco boeiend van de eerste tot en met de laatste minuut. Het wat bedaagde publiek in de Amstelveense schouwburg stond aan het eind als één man op. Dit oer-Hollandse gebruik was nu eens volkomen terecht. Gezien op 3 maart in Amstelveen
- Jos Schuring


Discography

From Sufi Music to Flamenco
Kalan Muzik, 2000

Sufi Music To Flamenco Vol.2
New Frontiers, 2008

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Bio

Leaders of the group are Turkish kanun player Tahir Aydogdu and Dutch flamenco guitar player Adrian Elissen. For both of them a short biography:

Tahir Aydogdu was born in Istanbul in 1959. He started his music studies his high school years and attended various chorus activities.

He received his first music instruction from his father Gultekin Aydogdu who is a Kanun player at TRT Ankara Radio and the conductor of Turkish Fasıl Ensemble. He was also trained by various Turkish Music Authorities.
In 1983 he was appointed to the TRT Ankara Radio Turkish Music Ensemble as a Kanun Player.

Besides various concerts he gave in Turkey , he also represented Turkey in many music centres in America, Europe and Asia with “Modern Folk Trio” with whom he worked for eight years. With Asiaminor Jazz Ensemble the artist played in many concerts,attended various work-shops and festivals abroad i.e. ten years touring extensively in Europe and America. In 1999 Aydogdu established the “Ensemble Ancyra”. The musical aim of his last group Ancyra is to present the music of various countries of the world in both jazz and world music forms.

With his kanun, Aydogdu accompanied the orchestra and dancers in various ballet performances. Aydogdu arranged the music for the “Harem” ballet, choreographed by Merih Cimenciler. He is the second player to have performed the “Kanun Concerto” with various orchestras & quartets after the concerto’s first performance by the composer Ferid Alnar (1906-1978). Aydogdu gave many seminars about Kanun and Turkish Music.

Adrian Elissen studied with Paco Peña at the Rotterdam Conservatory where he graduated cum laude in 2001 as a soloist/performer. He received several Dutch and Spanish scholarships to study and work in Andalusia, Spain, where he was contracted for the flamenco group of the guitarist Juan Ramón Caro (Maíte Martín, Belén Maya). Recently he was invited to play with Seville dancer Andrés Marín and he is performing as a soloist, with his trio, adding flamenco singers and dancers.

Last year he was asked to be on the examination committee of the Rotterdam Conservatory flamenco department together with Paco Peña and was appointed teacher at the Taller Flamenco in Seville, Spain. He also was invited back to tour Turkey and the Netherlands with a Sufi/Flamenco formation exploring the boundaries of world music and Flamenco. Adrian made several radio- and cd-recordings which where released by the German worldmusic label WorldNetwork.