Saturday, April 9, 2016 ♦ 8:00 PM
4545 N Lincoln Ave · The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall · 773.728.6000
Erkan Ogur was born in Ankara, Central Anatolia in 1954 and grew up in the city of Elazig, which is located to the east of Ankara. His introduction to music of Anatolia came early at the age of five. Erkan taught himself to play violin, saz (Turkish lute) and cumbus (a small fretless lute similar to banjo), other authentic instruments and started to play music of Eastern Turkey with local musicians at social gatherings such as weddings. During high school years, he heard Jimi Hendrix's guitar on the radio, which led Erkan to pick up the guitar. He worked in developing both his electric and guitar playing techniques and utilizing these to blend with Turkish maqam and forms.
Ogur interprets music both from classical and folk domains and is a also member of Telvin Trio, which mainly performs Turkish folk music in improvised jazz style, with Ilkin Deniz and Turgut Alp Bekoglu.
Ismail Hakki Demircioglu was born Pazar, Rize on the Black Sea coast of Turkey in 1957. He grew in Pazar and left for Istanbul to study in the Conservatory. In 1984, he completed his studies at National Conservatory in Istanbul, playing both traditional instruments such as saz and modern instruments such as bass guitar. He first joined Ruhi Ayangil Turkish Music Orchestra. Later, he was a member of prestigious Ruhi Su Chorus, led by folk musician Ruhi Su. His collaboration with Erkan Ogur started around 1988. They have been performing in concerts in and outside of Turkey and released two albums together: Demircioglu (“Anadolu Besik - Anatolia the Cradle”, “Gulun Kokusu Vardi - Rose had fragrance”). Ismail Hakki also released a solo album, “Nasip Olsa”, in 2004.
“Chicago banjo whiz Michael J. Miles has launched some strange, ambitious ventures through the years. He has penned a "Yellowbird Concerto" for banjo and orchestra, transformed music of blues pioneer Robert Johnson and jazz master Dave Brubeck and transcribed for his soft-spoken instrument two monuments of classical music: cello suites of Johann Sebastian Bach.The man clearly does not dream small.” - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
Having just returned from collaborations with Erkan Ogur in Istanbul, Miles is joined tonight by percussionist David Jennings.