Turkish Evening

Canlar with guest Erdal Salikoglu (TR) and Guessous Majda Mária; Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin (BE)

25 May, 20:00, Fonó Music House

Tickets: in advance 1500 HUF, on the day of the concert 2000 HUF


Canlar Ensemble (HU)
was formed in Hungary in 1997. At first they played strictly for their own entertainment, then, upon urging from friends, in 1998 they performed before an audience for the first time. Since then they have played at numerous festivals both in Hungary and abroad. The ensemble performs classical Turkish music and Turkish minstrel verse. They perform the traditional style and their own arrangements.


Erdal Şalikoğlu (TR)
In 1983 Erdal Şalikoğlu finished medical school at Istanbul University. While in university, he came in contact with folk music and folk dance at the Boğaziçi University Folklore Club. Between 1991 and 1993 became friends with Hungarian musician Kobzos Kiss Tamás. The two then began working on cultural contacts between the two peoples. The result was three recordings of Turkish and Hungarian old music in two languages (Aşık Veysel - Yunus Emre - Pir Sultan Abdal - Balassi Bálint). From 1991 on they played several hundred concerts together in Hungary, Transylvania (Romania) and Turkey.

Hungarian-Moroccan singer Guessous Majda Mária (Mesi) (HU) is a winner of Hungary’s Junior Prima award. She plays creatively with the Hungarian, Turkish, Arab and Indian musical traditions, building bridges between cultures in Hungary and wherever she goes. Over the last two years she has performed in Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Belgium, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. She began studying Turkish folk music in Istanbul in 2009 under an Erasmus Grant as a student of the Hungarian Academy of Music - and ever since Turkish music tradition has been part of Mesi’s rainbow colored musical world.


Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin

After studying the duduk under master instrumentalist Khatchik Khatchatryan, Vardan Hovanissian developed into a talented ambassador for one of the most ancient of double-reed instruments and the embodiment of the very sound and soul of Armenia. More than ten years ago he found a musical soulmate in Emre Gültekin, who was initiated into the art of the Turkish saz by Talip Özkan and his father, the bard Lütfü Gültekin.

 Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin symbolise the reconciliation between two people. The sounds they produce with the duduk from Armenia and the saz from Turkey are melancholy but also full of hope. The duo continuing their exploration of the links between Turkish and Armenian traditions. It broadens the scope to take in the richness of the musical heritage of the troubled region including Armenia, Turkey, Georgia, Iran and the Kurdish area. Their friendship is capable of overcoming frontiers.

Inspired by a wandering soul and guided by a borderless friendship, the duo’s music weaves links between languages and styles. Their latest collaboration is a hymn to intercultural exchanges, and it derives its strength from a spirit of sharing and generosity. The duo delves into the wide variety of traditional repertoires, bringing several lost treasures back to life, but also offers new compositions that address topical issues such as the fate of refugees.

Vardan Hovanissian - duduk (Armenia – BE)
Emre Gültekin - saz, baglama, tanbȗr, voice (Turkey – BE)
Marat Jeremian - dhol (Armenia – NL)
Joris Vanvinckenroye / Brice Soniano - double bass (BE - FR)



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