Cengiz Özkan

Masters of Anatolia
Fri 19 May ’23 20:15 uur
Fri 19 May ’23
20:15 uur
  • Fri 19 May ’23
    20:15 uur
    Small Hall
  • A drink is included in the price

Cengiz Özkan is the master of melancholy. Just listen to his CD Oh Instanbul. While Istanbul is also a bustling, on Oh Istanbul Cengiz Özkan showed the hushed side of the metropolis, whose images you recognize of the Istanbul as Orhan Pamuk describes the city. Cengiz Özkan comes with an ensemble of eminent instrumental accompanists. He performs as the last grandmaster of Turkish music in this first season of the Masters of Anatolia series.

Özkan specialized himself on the saz and gained fame when, just after the Turkish colonial regime was ousted, he started working for Turkish radio in 1989. Since then, he has built an impressive career domestically and internationally, with such high-profile albums as Kırmızı Buğday, Red Corn (1997), Ah Istanbul (2000) and In Saklarım Gözümde Güzelliğin (2003). The latter album was inspired by Alevi troubadour-poet-singer Aşık Veysel. Özkans CDs have all appeared on the Kalan record label, a progressive label that has always been mindful of the diversity in Turkish society and has combined this with high-quality recordings and detailed documentation, including yet another beautiful Hayâlmest from 2015.

Özkan's music is firmly rooted in Anatolian folklore traditions, but he is also an innovator. On the one hand, he also recorded a CD with Turkish folk music singer Muharrem Temiz, in 2001, on the other, in 2018, also with the more rock-like singer Hakan Altun. He also regularly composed music for films and television series, of which Turkish audiences also know him well. And he even worked as an actor, in the role of a singer in the crime series Pusat.

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What is Masters of Anatolia?

Masters of Anatolia is the new festival in the form of a series of concert evenings. Together with eight leading Dutch concert halls across the country, Masters of Anatolia brings the rich musical culture from Anatolia to the Netherlands. As the name suggests, the festival programs the leading master instrumentalists and vocalists who draw their musical inspiration from Anatolian roots.

Made possible in part by Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds, Fonds Podiumkunsten and Stichting Dioraphte.