Husnu Senlendirici & Laco Tayfa - 2000 - Bergama Gaydasi

Laço Tayfa is a Turkish musical ensemble led by clarinetist Hüsnü Şenlendirici. They combine Turkish folk music with jazz, improvisational styles, and other traditions of world music (including Indian, North African, and Middle Eastern styles).

Musicians:

  • Hüsnü Şenlendirici Clarinet
  • Nurhat Şensesli Bass guitar
  • Volkan Öktem Drums
  • Mehmet Akatay Percussion
  • Nuri Lekesizgöz Kanun
  • Ergun Hepbildik Violin
  • Özkan Alıcı Bağlama
  • Caner Tepecik Keyboard

Track List:

  1. Fidayda (04:50)
  2. Onbeşli (03:50)
  3. Çiftetelli (05:30)
  4. Bazalika (03:31)
  5. Harmandali (07:10)
  6. Malatya (02:40)
  7. Ay Gız (06:34)
  8. Bergama Gaydasi (03:43)
  9. Izmir’in Kavaklari (07:38)
  10. Ramize (Deryalar) (03:23)
  11. Gökte Yildiz Ay musun – Tabancamin Sapi (02:21)

Length : 51:09 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2000 | Size : 98 mb

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Hüsnü Şenlendirici – 2005 - Hüsn-ü Klarnet (The Joy of the Clarinet)

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 حسنو سنليندرسي

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.

Musicians:

  • 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

Track List:

  1. Oyun Havası/Dance Mood (04:26)
  2. Çiğ/Avalianche (04:39)
  3. Fla-Mango/Fla-Mango (03:56)
  4. İstanbul İstanbul Olalı/Since Istanbul Has Been (04:52)
  5. Şina Narı (03:12)
  6. Leylim Ley (04:37)
  7. Bülbülüm Altın Kafeste/My Golden-Caged Nightingale (06:08)
  8. Kumsalda/On the Shore (04:50)
  9. Kimseye Etmem Şikayet/I Won’t Complain (04:16)
  10. Tatlı Dillim/Sweet Talker (05:00)
  11. Dört Zeybek/Four Zeybek (06:08)

Length : 52:04 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2005 | Size : 114 mb

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Smadj Presents S.O.S. Smadj, Orhan Osman, Savas Zurnaci

Smadj’s roots cross many continents; African Tunisian through his forefathers and French through his childhood, he masters both the oud and computer sound engineering programs. Joining him on this special project is German born, Greek bred, Turkish Orhan Osman with his faithful companion, the Bouzouki, and clarinetist Savas Zurnaci who channels the heavens above with each note he plays. Together these virtuosos discover the mellifluous rhythms and grooves they produce with their spontaneous jamming. Musicians with a flair for the unexpected, a new sound is added into the mix—the electronic fasil—thrusting the musicians into the throes of ecstasy, transporting us to the elusive state of happiness through their art.

Poets and musicians seek happiness to share with their peers. Happiness, that transient state, to tear bits of eternity out of life. The musician, if he’s being honest; is both a poet and a traveler. Man-made laws can’t change anything—poetry knows no boundaries. Turkish music is sought after or shunned by three continents, and it never ceases to accommodate other influences. Yet it never stops being itself. This is what attracts poets to Istanbul; the assurance that they will hear plenty and the promise they’ll sing a tune or two. Like Turkey, Smadj’s roots cross many continents; African Tunisian through his forefathers and French European through his childhood. Smadj forged his education by exploring the musical resources of these two poles. Delving into the rich musical traditions of the Orient by learning to play the Oud, and exploring the modern technological advancements of the West by mastering computer sound engineering programs. Drawn to Istanbul, Smadj soon found two kindred spirits with whom he could make music. German born, Greek bred, Turkish Orhan Osman with his faithful companion, the Bouzouki, and clarinetist Savas Zurnaci who channels the heavens above with each note he plays as he wanders around the world in the footsteps of his gypsy ancestors. Smadj brings these virtuosos together, discovering with their spontaneous jamming the mellifluous rhythms and grooves they produce because of their innate understanding of one another.

The encounter proves to be exceptional, especially because of rich tones provided by talented peers. Together, they invite us to dream, invite us to dance. Musicians with a flair for the unexpected, a new sound is added into the mix—the electronic fasil—thrusting the musicians into the throes of ecstasy, transporting us to the elusive state of happiness through their art. Reminding us that we must never forget that poets are always right.

Musicians:
Smadj:
electronic rythms, electric and acoustic oud
Orhan Osman: bouzuki, “cura”, banjo
Savas Zurnacı: clarinet
Turay Dinleyen: violin (1,8)
Özhan Göğmen & Bülent Çalar: percussions (2,4,9)
Serkan Çalbay: vocal (2)

TrackList:
1 – Hat (06:01)
2 – Asma (05:08)
3 – Davet (05:58)
4 – Bardezum (06:22)
5 – Mes Enfants Cheris (05:40)
6 – Rumba (04:48)
7 – Selin Icin (03:56)
8 – Swing Alla Turca (05:33)
9 – Asya (02:58)
10 – Bir Demet Yasemen – A Bouquet Of Jasmine (06:02)

Duration: 52:26 | Bitrate: 320 kBit/s | Year: 2005 | Size: 109 mb

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Souad Massi - 2005 - Honeysuckle (Mesk Elil) سعاد ماسي – مسك الليل

Souad Massi (born August 23, 1972), is an Algerian singer, songwriter  and guitarist. She began her career performing in the Kabyle political rock  band Atakor, before leaving the country following a series of death threats. In 1999, Massi performed at the Femmes d’Algerie concert in Paris, which led to a recording contract with Island Records.

Massi’s music, which prominently features the acoustic guitar, displays Western musical style influences such as rock, country or the Portuguese fado but sometimes incorporates oriental musical influences and oriental instruments like the oud as well as African musical stylings. Massi sings in Algerian Arabic, French, and occasionally English and Kabyle (Berber language), often employing multiple languages in the same song.

In 1999, Massi was invited to perform at the Femmes d’Algerie (“Women from Algeria”) festival in Paris, which led to a recording contract with Island Records.  In June 2001, she released her solo debut album, Raoui (“Storyteller”), which Allmusic  compared to 1960s American folk music.  Sung mostly in French and Arabic, the album became a critical and commercial success in France. The following year, she was nominated for “Best Newcomer” at the Radio 3 World Music Awards.
In 2003, she released her second album, Deb (“Heartbroken”). The album’s lyrics were more personal, rather than political, and it became one of the most successful North African albums worldwide. Three years later, Massi released her third album, Mesk Elil (“Honeysuckle”). The album expanded on the themes of love and loss that had been explored on Deb, and featured duets with Daby Toure and Rabah Khalfa.

Until only a few years ago, a lot of people thought Algeria boiled down to rai, musically speaking of course. No one expected a young female singer songwriter with a style closer to Joni Mitchell than Chaba Fadela to emerge from the burbs of Algiers and take the world by storm.
Souad Massi grew up listening to black American soul, flamenco, hard rock and country & western, which she discovered courtesy of films like ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ and other westerns. Having endured the privations and tensions of Algeria in the 1990s, a decade when a bitter civil war between an army backed dictatorship and fundamentalist militias claimed over 100,000 lives, Souad came to Paris in 1998 to perform at a festival called ‘Femmes d’Alger’. Her show at the Cabaret Sauvage was a revelation for the unexpectant audience and a huge relief for Souad, a loosening of a pressure valve that had remained tightly closed during the last years of her life in Algiers.
She went on to release a widely-acclaimed debut CD, ‘Raoui’, which showcased her remarkable talent for writing songs that were simultaneously melodic, highly emotional and uncompromisingly relevant. In 2002 Souad followed it up with ‘Deb’, one of the most successful North African albums ever. Courage, talent, intelligence and beauty are always a seductive mix. Souad Massi has them all.
Courtesy of Andy Morgan, July 2004

bbc.co.uk

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Track List:
1 –  Honeysuckle (Mesk Elil) (05:18)
2 –  Soon (Kilyoum) (03:31)
3 –  Inspiration (Ilham) (03:48)
4 –  I Won’t Forget My Roots (Miwana) (04:06)
5 –  My Grandfather’s House (Dardjedi) (05:30)
6 –  That’s Life (Denya Wezmen) (04:49)
7 –  Tell Me Why (03:33)
8 –  There’s Worse (Hagda Wala Akter) (05:04)
9 –  Let Me (Khalouni) (03:31)
10 –  Why Is My Heart Sad (Malou) (06:08)
11 –  Mahli Remix (07:03)
12 –  Ilham Remix(Mino Cinelu Fast Version) (04:13)
13 –  Ilham Remix(Mino Cinelu Slow Version) (04:34)

Duration : 61:07 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2005 | Size : 144 mb

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Munir Bashir - Omar Bashir - 1998 - Duo De Ud

Munir Bashir was one of the most famous musicians in the Middle East during the 20th century and was considered to be the supreme master of the Arab maqamat scale system. He created different styles of the Arabian short scaled lute, the oud. He was one of the first middle eastern instrumentalists known to Europe and America. Bashir’s music is distinguished by a novel style of improvisation that reflects his study of Indian and European tonal art in addition to oriental forms. Munir Although he was an ethnic Assyrian Bashir played a big role in Arab culture throughout the 20th century. Born in Iraq, he had to deal with numerous disruptions of violent coup attempts and multiple wars that the country went through. He would eventually exile to Europe and become noticeable first in eastern nations such as Hungary and Bulgaria.

Omar Bashir: An incredible talent, raised in a family of artists – his grandfather Bachri Abdel Aziz, his father Mounir Bashir and his uncle Jamil were musicians – he began his musical training when he was five years old, when his father gave him his first violin. When he was seven years old, he already frequented the Conservatory of Bagdad and when he was nine he gave his first solo concert. Moving to Hungary in 1991, the homeland of his mother, he studied piano, singing and direction of choir at the Liszt University. Since 1990 Omar Bashir has been playing the oud as a professional. Apart from solo tours he has realized a lot of concerts with his father Mounir, who’s great virtuosity represented a constant stimulus for the young artist.

Track List:
1 –  Fôg el-Nakhel (Above the Palm Trees) (12:43) فوق النخل
2 –  Pastâ Baghdadiyya [Popular Iraqi Tune] (08:06) بسطة بغدادية
3 –  Hanân (Tenderness) (12:43) حنان
4 –  Dabka (Iraqi Dance) (10:41) دبكة
5 –  Ishtâr (Assyrian-Babylonian Goddess of Fertility) (13:36) عشتار
6 –  Al-Amira Al-Andaluciyya (The Andalusian Princess) (11:36) الأميرة الأندلسية

Duration : 69:22 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 1998 | Size : 165 mb

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