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

Sharing music ...   Giving hope ... 


A benefit concert for victims of the recent earthquakes in Pakistan


Omer Faruk Tekbilek (Neys, Vocal, Baglama, Zurna, Percussion)
Hasan Isakkut (Kanun)  
Chris Rosser (Key’s) 
Anthony Mazzella (Guitar)
Chris Wabich (percussion) 
Murat Tekbilek (Percussion)


Co-presented with the Boston University International Student Consortium


Friday, April 21  at 8 p.m.

Boston University
Law School Auditorium
765 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston 


Honored as a peacemaker and virtuoso, Omer Faruk Tekbilek is now one of the most sought-after musicians, whose work transcends political boundaries while maintaining traditional sensibilities in a way few artists can manage. 

Omer Faruk was a musical prodigy, born in Adana, Turkey to a musical family who nurtured his precocious talents. At the age of eight, he began his musical career by developing proficiency on the kaval, a small diatonic flute. He eventually mastered several instruments; ney (bamboo flute), zurna (double-reed oboe like instrument with buzzing tone), the baglama (long-necked lute), the oud (the classic lute), as well as percussion. By the age of twelve he began performing professionally at local hot spots. 

Omer Faruk's skills blossomed in Istanbul playing with some of the leading Turkish musicians of the day including Orhan Gencebay, flute and saxophone player Ismet Siral, percussionist Burhan Tonguc and singers Ahmet Sezgin, Nuri Sesiguzel, Mine Kosan and Huri Sapan to name a few. 

After establishing himself as one of the top session musicians in Turkey, he began touring Europe and Australia. He later formed his band, the Sultans. In 1988 he met Brian Keane and the two produced six recordings together, launching Omer Faruk boldly into the world music scene.

Omer Faruk Tekbilek has since established himself as one of the world's foremost exponents of Middle Eastern music. A multi-instrumentalist par excellence, he has collaborated with a number of leading musicians of international repute such as jazz trumpeter Don Cherry, keyboard player Karl Berger, ex-Cream rock drummer Ginger Baker, Ofra Haza, Simon Shaheen, Hossam Ramzy, Glen Velez, Bill Laswell, Mike Mainieri, Peter Erskine, Trilok Gurtu, Jai Uttal and Steve Shehan among others. He has contributed to numerous film and TV scores and to many recordings including world sacred music albums, and has been touring extensively throughout the Middle East, Europe, Australia, North and South America.

Omer Faruk's music is rooted in tradition, but has been influenced by contemporary sounds. He views his approach as "cosmic" and his commitment to music runs deep. The four corners of his creativity emanates mysticism, folklore, romance, and imagination. Like Omer Faruk himself, his music symbolizes diversity-in-unity.

Omer Faruk is the recipient of the "Best Artist of the Turkish Music Award 2003" from the "Turkish Writers Association". He is a nominee for the BBC World Music Award 2003 in the category of the Middle East. He is also the recipient of the US Golden Belly Musician-Of-The-Year-Award, for 1998 and again, for 1999.




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