Anatolian folk songs accompanied by piano

 “The place where the sun rises” is the original meaning of the old Greek name Anatolia. For thousands of years poets are the voice behind this region.  The roots lie in the old shaman civilization which is still maintained in part by the Troubadour today.

The poets are witnesses of the Anatolian music and stories.  These poets are able to tell about the feelings, thoughts, joy and songs of the people from birth till death, from all layers of society with their melodies.

With these folk songs, poets are able to inform and tell one another about social and economic changes.

These folk songs describe Anatolia.  They are this regions voice of love and sorrow, and tell the stories of Kerem and Aslı, Mecnun and Leylâ, Ferhat and Şirin, Tahir and Zühre …

The poems and stories by Âşık Garip, Köroğlu, Karacaoğlan, Gevherî, Dadaloğlu, Dertli, Yunus Emre, Mevlana, Pir Sultan Abdal, Ruhsatî ve Emrah and many others have established themselves as folk songs. Aşık Veysel, Aşık Mahsuni, Aşık Murat Çobanoğlu, Sümmani, Aşık Daimi, Aşık Reyhani and Aşık Şeref Taşlıova belong to the most important Anatolian lyrics of all times.  Some of the gamut used in the Anatolian folk songs fall back on these lyrics in that their names are used in describing the gamut’s.

History, cultural assets, geography and the social role are all themes used in the Anatolian folk music.

The Turk civilization from Central Asia migrated into this area and embossed itself on the development of the Anatolian folk music. The composition of this new culture and the existing culture of the region played a major role in the development of this new style.

With an amazing performance we would like to present our country and music to the world.  Just like other regional music styles (example: Napoleonic Folk Songs, the Fado from Portugal and the French Chanson) we are sure the Turkish Folk songs are able to find friends around the entire world as well.

To view WDR concert: Hasan Yükselir & Hiroko Nakano  

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