Tri A Tolia

Tri A Tolia

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Under this new project, Turkish music is being set under a whole new perspective: Tri A Tolia researches unexpected harmonies and different types of melodies. As for the repertoir, the trio has chosen to work on traditional Turkish music and on some songs by songwriter and arranger Osama Abdulrasol.

Biography

Their new album “Zumurrude” (released November 2008 with Homerecords) stands for spell-binding music which is almost impossible to categorize because of its uniqueness. With a Turkish voice, an Iraqi qanun (lap-harp) and a Belgian cello, the trio starts off on a journey to the Middle-East telling the story of princess Zumurrude (a character in the Arabian Nights) who, laying down on her divan, is heading for a magical night encountering love, loss, hope. These emotions are described with a very naked language.

Tri A Tolia researches unexpected harmonies and different types of melodies. As for the repertoir, the trio has chosen to work on traditional Turkish music and on some songs by songwriter and arranger Osama Abdulrasol. We must point out the enrichening contribution by classic cellist Londe Vercampt. Together with magnificient Melike Tarhan’s voice, they build up the magic of Tri A Tolia. Their album “Zumurrude” has been nominated for the Mixed Magazine Award 2009 in the category of Best World Album of the year.

MELIKE TARHAN

Considered ‘the new star of Turkish folk’ by Daniel Brown (Mondomix), Melike grew up listening to Turkish classical music, but fell in love with Turkish traditional music as well so she went to Berlin to learn more about it. There she also took singing lessons from the experimental singer Claudia Herr and she studied at the same time Germanic Languages at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. Back in Ghent, she was received a degree in Germanic Languages (University of Ghent). Then she started studying Indian singing techniques with Mahabub Khan (cf. Musafir, Rangila, ..) and she started taking lessons in Classical Singing Techniques with Mireille Capelle and Guidon Sax (Conservatory of Ghent). Her first album MACAR which was internationally released by the French label Long Distance/ Harmonia Mundi has had very positive reviews and in 2004 it was selected as one of the best newcomers by the newspaper ‘De Standaard’.

OSAMA ABDULRASOL

Osama is a composer, producer and qanun & guitar player. He was born in Babylon (Iraq) 1968 and he studied western music (classical guitar) in the UK and eastern music (oud – lute – and qanun – an Arabic lapharp) in in Iraq. He performed and toured all over the world with different groups like Osama Abdulrasol & Ensemble, the symphonic orchestra of Antwerpen (de filharmonie) with Dirk brosse, Olla vogalla, Melike, Wenes vande velde, Luc de Vos, Oblomow, Djamel, Nahdha, Mesopotamia, Weshm, Lula Pena, Elftwelvtrio, Jahida Wehbe, Woestijn 93, Les ballets and several other groups and theatre productions. He participated in several Arab and international festivals including countries such as Belgium, Holland, Germany, France, Portugal, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. He also performs with other groups of different musical styles such as Jazz, Flamenco, Indian, Turkish and Greek music.

LODE VERCAMPT

A classical cellist, who was already the winner of the Jeunes Talent contest at the age of nine and who became the winner of Pro Civitate. He studied at Ghent conservatory and performed with Il Novecento, I Flammimghi and Prima La Musica, but also with Gorki, Jo Lemaire, Johan Verminnen and Dirk Blanchard. He plays regularly with the music theatre productions of ‘Het muziek Lod’, with ‘Hush Hush’ and the opera ‘The Woman Who walked Into Doors’ of Kris Defoort. Furthermore, he plays with Catherine Delasalle and Ambush.

Discography

Zumurrude (Home Records, 2008)
Macar (Long Distance - Harmonia, 2003)