Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival5th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL SM
March 30 - April 28, 2006


Derya Turkan & Sokratis Sinopoulos Ensemble





Co-presented with the Kokkalis Program at Harvard University and the Golden Horn Productions


 Friday, April 28  at 8 p.m.

Tower Auditorium, Tower Building
Massachusetts College of Art
621 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Located at the corner of Longwood Ave. & Huntington Ave.
Accessible by Green Line E train (Longwood stop) or by #39 bus. 


"Letter from Istanbul" celebrates the traditional music of Western Anatolia and Aegean Islands; a sophisticated melding of traditional Turkish and Greek folk forms such as zeybeks and sirtos. 


Derya Turkan, kemence 

Sokratis Sinopoulos, kemence & lavta

Ugur Isik, violoncello

Hakan Gungor, kanun

Perikles Papapetropoulos, lavta

Fahreddin Yarkin, percussion

Ferruh Yarkin, percussion


Derya Turkan began his formal studies at the age of 11. Since then, his enormous talent and sincere dedication to Turkish music has led him to gain fame world-wide, performing at concerts from Japan and Tunisia, and from Harvard University to Sorbonne. His various recordings, in addition to "Letter from Istanbul",  include "Ahenk" with tanbur player Murat Aydemir and "Chemins" with renowned Turkish musician Kudsi Erguner. 
Born in Istanbul in 1973, Derya Turkan grew up in a musical family and his first music lessons were with the well-known Turkish cellist Firat Kiziltug. He attended and graduated from the Turkish Music Conservatory Instruments Education Department of the Istanbul Technical University, where he studied with Ihsan Ozgen, an internationally recognized Turkish musician. In 1990, Turkan was invited to perform as a guest musician by the Turkish Cultural Ministry's Istanbul National Turkish Music Ensemble, directed by Necdet Yasar. In 1993, he worked as a guest musician at Turkish Radio Television, Istanbul Radio division for one year, where he earned outstanding praise. Turkan worked alongside such master musicians as Alaeddin Yavasca, Bekir Sidki Sezgin, Niyazi Sayin, and Erol Deran. During this time, he performed at many concerts both nationally and internationally with well-known groups such as the Necdet Yasar Ensemble, and Ihsan Ozgen's Anatolia Ensemble.  
Derya Turkan has given many concerts in the U.S., France, Germany, Finland, Italy, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Greece, Israel and many other countries in addition to his native Turkey. In 1996, he performed with Turkish ney player Kudsi Erguner at Yehudi Menuhin's 80th birthday celebration concerts, organized by French President Jacques Chirac, as an invited musician. Turkan also has toured and recorded with Kudsi Erguner's various ensembles. 
He is dedicated to continuing the style of his teacher Ihsan Ozgen and of Tanburi Cemil Bey.  
Sokratis Sinopoulos also began his love affair with music from an early age, studying with kemence masters Ihsan Ozgen and Ross Daly. He has performed with Ross Daly's Labyrinth Ensemble, with Greek demotika and rebetika groups, as well as taking part in a variety of other concerts and recordings. His diverse repertoire spans many genres, from Turkish and Byzantine classical music to western jazz, and he has also composed scores for both theatrical and modern dance performances. 
Sinopoulos was born in Athens in 1974. He studied classical guitar with B. Gratsounas and theory of western music with M. Adami, while taking lessons in Byzantine music and demotic (folk) song, initially at S. Karas' school and then at I. Tsiamoulis' where he sang with the school's children's choir. In 1988 he started studying kemence (politiki lyra) and lavta (politika laouto) with Ross Daly and a year later he joined his group Lavyrinthos. In 1990 he represented Greece in a world conference of young musicians in Paris.
In the last ten years, Sinopoulos has collaborated with composers, musicians and singers from Greece and abroad in various genres, from song to jazz, participating in countless concerts and recordings and helping re-introduce the kemence in Greek music. He was recently honored with the Melina Mercouri national award for young artists.  


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