Derya Türkan & Sokratis Sinopoulos
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Derya Türkan & Sokratis Sinopoulos

Eminönü, Istanbul, Turkey | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Eminönü, Istanbul, Turkey | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
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Derya Turkan

Derya Trkan is a young master of classical Turkish kemenche. He plays improvisational as well as the Ottoman classical music repertoire.

Trkan was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1973. He grew up in a musical family and his first music lessons were with the well known Turkish cellist Firat Kiziltug. Trkan attended and graduated from the Turkish Music Conservatory Instruments Education Department of the Istanbul Technical University, where he studied with Ihsan zgen, an internationally recognized Turkish musician. In 1990, Trkan was invited to perform as a guest musician by the Turkish Cultural Ministry's Istanbul National Turkish Music Ensemble, directed by Necdet Yasar.

In 1993 Trkan worked as a guest musician at Turkish Radio Television, Istanbul Radio division for one year, where he earned outstanding praise. He worked alongside such master musicians as Aleddin Yavasa, Bekir Sidki Sezgin, Niyazi Sayin, and Erol Deran. During this time, he performed at many concerts both nationally and internationally with well known groups such as the Necdet Yasar Ensemble, and Ihsan zgen`s Anatolia.

Trkan has given many concerts in the United States, France, Germany, Finland, Italy, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Greece, Israel and many other countries in addition to his native Turkey.

In 1996, Trkan performed with Turkish ney player Kudsi Ergner at Yehudi Menuhin`s 80th birthday celebration concerts, organized by French President Jacques Chirac, as an invited musician. Trkan also has toured and recorded with Kudsi Ergner's various ensembles. Some of these projects include Ottoman Drums, Ottamania, IslamBlues and La Banda Allaturka.

Like his teacher Ihsan zgen, Trkan aims to follow and develop the teachings of one of this century's genius musicians, Tanburi Cemil Bey, and today continues to work on different projects in his music career with this goal in mind. Ahenk and Letter from istanbul are consequent steps towards Trkan's goal.

Sokratis Sinopoulos

Sokratis Sinopoulos was born in 1974 in Athens; Greece. His childhood was a very musical one, as he studied Western European classical music on guitar. He also sang Byzantine and Greek folk music with the I. Tsiamoulis Childrens' Chorus, with whom he toured Europe and recorded two albums. At the age of 14,he met Ross Daly and began his studies of kemene, joining Daly's Labyrinth Ensemble a year later. Sinopoulos was a member of Labyrinth for six years, performing concerts and recording on many albums.

Sinopoulos was an active musician outside his involvement with Labyrinth, working with several groups on Greek demotika and rebetika, Byzantine and Turkish classical music, and western jazz. He also composed scores for theater plays and modern dance. In 1997,he completed his Musicology studies at a university in Athens, and began doctoral studies. He is currently also an active member of several musical groups in Greece.

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