[Double Bill]Folk music of Yayla, Turkey and Yu Jisuk’s Seodo-style local ballads(Üçtelli Quartet, Yu jisuk)

[Double Bill]Folk music of Yayla, Turkey and Yu Jisuk’s Seodo-style local ballads(Üçtelli Quartet, Yu jisuk)

Sep.23(Sat) 16:00 / Sori space

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Performance presentation

Folk music of Yayla, Turkey and Yu Jisuk’s Seodo-style local ballads.

People’s songs expressing the rise and fall of Turkish history.

It’ll show the shepherds’ folk music in the Turkish mountain area and folk ballads in north Korean Peninsula.

The Three-String’s Masters and Apprentices Following the Anatolian Traditional Music
The Nomads’ Music from the Village to the City
The Three-String’s Voyage as a Vocal Historical Element
A Transcendant Voice Echoing in the Mountains: The Three-String Instrument

The Three-string which is one of the old instruments of Anatolia is also a significant witness of the history. It had witnessed the nomad people’s culture, pains and joys, wars and migrations for many centuries. Its voice echoed in every mountain and valley that it visited. Sometimes it helped the shepherd lead his sheep, sometimes it became the villager’s voice who secretly tried to send a message to his lover, it imitated the voice of the horses galloping at times, and it accompanied the voice of the sheep’s bell. Sometimes the three-string that makes a great harmony when played in nature played along some religious rituals.

The project team founding the first and the only Music Village of Turkey in 2015 carried out seminars and concerts in İstanbul, Ankara, Eskişehir and Mersin, and now is carrying out workshops where master musicians who are shepherds and their apprentices will come together. The apprentices visit the masters and observe their unique technics, practice them and combine them with their own playing skills carrying these technics into the new generations.
This musical tradition has survived with a determination against the destructiveness of time, against all musical tendencies which are dull, mechanic, unemotional and deprived of sociological depth.
All masters and apprentices within this project have lived in the mountains, shepherded and accumulated the technics and philosophy of this musical tradition. The voyage of the three-string which is about to disappear has been reviving now and thanks to its players, the interest in this instrument is raising day by day.


Üçtelli Quartet


Ali Ulutaş was born in 1956, in Antalya, Kaş, Çavdır Village. He financially supported his family by shepherding when he was young. He was inspired by his father’s and grandfather’s playing cura and bağlama, in this way, he started being intrested in these instruments. He used to listen to the master player Ramazan Güngör’s recordings on the radio, who was from Fethiye, and Ali Ulutaş could make it to meet him. He learnt technics of the three-string cura and of making instruments from Ramazan Güngör and he carried these old technics into our time. While shepherding, he played his three-string and traveled every inch of the mountains of the SouthWest Anatolia.
In 2010, some officers from the Ministry of Culture visited him in his village and recorded his performance.
Master Ali Ulutaş performed in many cultural organizations in Antalya, İstanbul and Fethiye. He performed and set up workshops within the concept of “Teaching Traditional Music in Master-Apprentice Lessons” in the first and the only Music Village of Turkey in 2015. In the same year, he gave concerts in the Istanbul Technical University in the “From the Tradition to the Global: Music Village” tour. And he played the three-string in the most extensive Bağlama Festival in Istanbul Technical University in the same year. In 2016, within “The Musical Voyage from the Past to the Future” Project, he met primary school students, shared his experiences and musical knowledge with them and performed.
He still makes his instruments, performs in cultural organizations and lives in his village.

Osman Kırca was born in 1956, in Antalya, Kaş, Çavdır Village. Thanks to his father who used to play the three-string, he met this instrument. However, he could first touch this instrument by help of Halil Karabıyık whom he calls “My Teacher”. Osman Kırca who started playing when he was 15 was inspired by the masters and had the chance to improve his playing while he was shepherding in the mountains. He adapted local throat technics of singing which are about to disappear to his instrument, which is an amazing art and requires mastery and great effort. Osman Kırca performing in traditional wedding ceremonies met Ramazan Güngör, had him make his instruments and was inspired by him. He has performed in Antalya so far and maintains a modest way of life in his village.

Mehmet Günay Eser was born in 1992, in Mersin, Tarsus. He graduated from Mersin Nevit Kodallı Anatolian Fine Arts High School ranking  second at the school. Eser who graduated from Samsun Ondokuz Mayıs University Music Deparment in 2015, made some surveys on music in different regions of Anatolia, principally in Çukurova. He completed surveys on musical elements on the context of sociology. He got degrees from different competitions on “solo bağlama playing”. He made presentations on the technics of bağlama in different universities.
Mehmet Günay who has an extensive interest in harmonics has many compositions including the three-string, bağlama, piano, violin, four violins and orchestra. He is doing researches on Hayri Dev’s and Ramazan Güngör’s three-string technics and he is writing two books. He is one of the founders of AKAD (Anatolian Cultures Research Foundation)  and coordinators of Music Village and doing researches on Anatolian Traditional Music in different regions and villages, especially nearby Toros Mountains.

Ali Yaşar

Ali Yaşar was born in Kahramanmaraş / Afşin in 1990. While he was growing up, he learnt the music tradition of the region and he got inspired by the local masters such as Aşık Aliyar and Aşık Maksudi.

He studied the playing technics directly with the masters. Besides, he started playing bağlama when he was 12 and writing poems at age 13. He began studying Turkish Religious Music at Yıldırım Beyazıt University in 2014 and since then he has been studying there.