The clarinet – intense, soaring, yearning. And no one plays it quite like Hüsnü Şenlendirici, whose gypsy name means “the one who brings joy”. This is music that, long before we started to use the word chillout, soothed troubled gypsy souls in the twilight with its plaintive song; this is music that expresses hopes and yearnings; this is music that today fills the evening streets of old Istanbul with its evocative and enticing sounds.
Brought to Turkey from Europe, the clarinet’s expressive qualities soon found a home amongst classical and gypsy musicians. Playing snaking eastern melodies with lavish ornamentation or wild improvisations against complex drummed rhythms and with a sound so close to the human voice, the clarinet has become a much-loved part of Turkish musical culture. The clarinet on this CD is no less than the voice of one of Turkey’s great musicians Hüsnü Şenlendirici, and is at the same time his dear friend and his passion.
Hüsnü Şenlendirici was born on 12 July 1976, in Bergama, a small town in the Aegean region. Coming from a family deeply rooted in musical traditions (his grandfather, Hüsnü Şenlendirici, used to play the clarinet and trumpet; his other grandfather, Fahrettin Kofeci, the clarinet; and his recently deceased father, Ergun Senlendirici, the trumpet), he immediately became fascinated by music and started playing the clarinet when he was only five. After taking off to a musical journey where he was introduced to various cultures in Anatolia, and particularly to his Aegean homeland musical traditions. He attended the Turkish Music State Conservatory at Istanbul Technical University in 1988 to study music. But Senlendirici didn’t spend much time there and dropped out after 4 years of education.
In those years, he started playing with the famous Magnetic Band, a band put together by the master percussionist Okay Temiz, appearing in hundreds of festivals and becoming a musical ambassador of his country. He took part in the recordings of internationally known band, Embrio and went on tours together. In the meantime, he performed in outstanding festivals abroad with his father’s sextet, Laco. After quitting school, he accompanied various leading Turkish artists both on stage and during recordings. He played with distinguished Turkish musicians and bands including Ozdemir Erdogan, Muazzez Abaci, Bulent Ersoy, Muslum Gurses, Kibariye, Fatih Kisaparmak, Zara, Kubat, Kayahan, Seda Sayan, Emel Sayin, Adnan Senses, Zerrin Ozer, Cengiz Kurtoglu, Candan Ercetin, Fatih Erkoc, Serdar Ortac, Athena, Izel, Ayna, Hande Yener, Hasan Cihat Orter, Ilhan Ersahin, Mercan Dede and many others.
Following a proposal he received from Pozitif while still serving in the military, Senlendirici formed his present band, Laco Tayfa and collaborated with the famous American ensemble, Brooklyn Funk Essentials, for an album and a concert project. The resulting album, “In the Buzbag”, was highly acclaimed by critics. Right after this success, the group originally consisting of 13 members was reduced to an octette and their first solo album “Bergama Gaydasi” was released in 2000 by Doublemoon Records. This album was also published worldwide by the famous ethnic music record company, Traditional Crossroads. Then came a series of concerts, both at home and abroad.
Hüsnü Şenlendirici also founded a quintet called “Husnu Senlendirici and Friends” in order to carry Turkish music to wider audiences. He performed in numerous concerts with both of his groups within and outside Turkey. These included concerts like EXPO-2001 in Germany, supported by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism; New York, Central Park concert within the framework of Mayfest festival 2002; and the concerts he gave, in July 2002, with his 35 member Laco Tayfa Big Band during Istanbul Jazz Festival…
In the meanwhile, Senlendirici and his group Laco Tayfa released his new album “Hicaz Dolap” in October 2002. He also composed and arranged the tracks of a TV serial still being shot by Yavuz Turgul and Mustafa Oguz.
Hüsnü Şenlendirici accompanied Kubat and Belkis Akkale within the framework of “Anatolian Sun” which was financed by the Turkish Prime Ministry Promotion Fund and the Ministry of Culture. He also performed at the St. Irene Museum together with the Cemal Resit Rey and the Adana Symphony orchestras. In July 2004, Husnu Senlendirici has performed at Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre with Laco Tayfa & Vassilis Saleas.
- Hüsnü Şenlendirici – Clarinet, Trumpet, Zurna, Keyboard, Turk Hung Drum
- Gültekin Kaçar – Elektric guitar
- Orhan Şallıel – Piano
- Erdinç Şenyaylar – Elektric guitar
- İsmail Tunçbilek – Baglama
- Serhan Yasdıman – Jazz guitar
- Ozan Musluoğlu – Kontrbass
- Gündem Stringed Groups – Stringed Music İnstrument
- Umut Sel – Kontrbass
- Ceyhun Çelikten – Keyboard, akordeon
- Murat Aydemir – Tanbur
- Tarık Ceran – Nature Sound
- Orhan Osman – Buzuki
- Cem Bergamalı – Turk Hang Drum
- Aytaç Doğan – Kanun
- Mehmet Akatay – Percussion
- Nuri Lekesizgöz – Kanun
- Hasan Gözetlik – Trombone
- Yıldıray Güz – Ud
- Oyun Havası/Dance Mood (04:26)
- Çiğ/Avalianche (04:39)
- Fla-Mango/Fla-Mango (03:56)
- İstanbul İstanbul Olalı/Since Istanbul Has Been (04:52)
- Şina Narı (03:12)
- Leylim Ley (04:37)
- Bülbülüm Altın Kafeste/My Golden-Caged Nightingale (06:08)
- Kumsalda/On the Shore (04:50)
- Kimseye Etmem Şikayet/I Won’t Complain (04:16)
- Tatlı Dillim/Sweet Talker (05:00)
- Dört Zeybek/Four Zeybek (06:08)
Length : 52:04 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2005 | Size : 114 mb
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Laço Tayfa – 2002 – Hicaz Dolap