When: November 25, 2023 3:00 pm
Where: West Road Concert Hall

Baha Yetkin Masterclass

Saturday 25 November 2023 3:00-4:30pm
Recital Room, Faculty of Music

Baha Yetkin visits the faculty of music to discuss Turkish and Ottoman Music and the role the Oud has in them.

Turkish oud artist and composer Baha Yetkin grew up in Istanbul, the meeting point of two continents, and the prolific melting pot of European and Middle Eastern musical cultures. So, not very surprisingly, he was able to shape a very unique artistic style which embraced both Istanbul music and Middle Eastern music; which in return, paved the way for fruitful collaborations with Turkish and European masters of music like Mustafa Keser, İnci Çayırlı, Melihat Gülses, Petros Klampanis, Michalis Kouloumis and Çiğdem Aslan.

Yetkin also garnered attention as the first ever Turkish oud artist to be invited to play flamenco in Spain, and to give a solo recital at Royal Albert Hall. Furthermore, these milestone events were preceded and followed by performances at prominent concert venues in Turkey and Europe, such as Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, Lütfi Kırdar Meeting and Performance Hall and Zorlu Performing Arts Center in Istanbul; Gongora Theatre in Cordoba; and Vortex Jazz Club and Green Note in London. He also performed in festivals like Alamar World Music Fest in Almeria, Yeldeğirmeni Spring Jazz Festival in Istanbul and Rebetiko Carnaval in London.

Now based in London, Baha Yetkin builds up his performances with his meticulously written compositions which are an amalgamation of out-of-the-box improvisational thinking based on Istanbul music, complex rhythmic structures of Middle Eastern music, emotional dynamics, meditation, spirituality and wisdom.

His first single “Emperian” and first album “The Pearl” was released in 2019, his second and third singles “Shine Again” and “Tears of the Pearl” were released in 2020 his latest album “The Turkish Oud” was released in 2021 by ARC Music /Naxos World. They are on all digital platforms. He, lately, published his first book “Turkish Oud Method Vol.1” in June 2022. It is available on his Bandcamp page, his Superpeer page ,Apple store, Google store, and Amazon Books. He continues performing and teaching in the UK and online platforms.

Attendance is free, please reserve your space here. Please arrive before 3pm, seating is allocated first-come-first-serve and late attendees may be turned away. This is open to members of the public, but if spaces become full priority will be given to Cambridge students.

Attendees are welcome to bring instruments to this session, but it is not required.


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