13th Annual Boston Turkish Film Festival | March 20 - April 26 2014



Tanini Trio


Tahir AydogduTahir Aydoğdu (1959, Istanbul) received his first kanun lessons from his father, Gültekin Aydoğdu, who is also a kanun virtuoso. In 1981 he started to work in Radio Ankara. He graduated from the Middle East Technical University (METU) Department of Physics in 1983. Between 1997-2000 he was the Turkish Classical Music director of TRT Radio Ankara. From 1987 to 2000 he was a faculty in METU Department of Music and Fine Arts, as well as the conductor of METU Turkish Classical Music Chorus. In 2001 he was presented the METU Award for Appreciation.

Tahir Aydoğdu is the first artist to perform Ferit Alnar’s “Çiftetelli” after the composer, and the second artist to perform his Concert for Kanun.

He performed in many concerts, in Turkey and abroad, with most distinguished Turkish musicians, including Modern Folk Üçlüsü, Group Asia Minor, Oud Virtuoso Cinuçen Tanrıkorur, jazz vocalist Yıldız İbrahimova, and various musicians from Spain and The Netherlands.

Aydoğdu’s first solo album “Hasret” and “Method for Kanun” with Gültekin Aydoğdu were published in 2004. In 2005, his radio program for TRT Radio-4, “Tellerden Dökülen Nağmeler”, received Social Fair-Play Award Medal of Honor by TMOK. Aydoğdu has 18 albums published in Turkey and 75 abroad. He performed in 50 countries, ranging from USA to Japan. He continues to perform in TRT Radio Ankara.


Bilgin CanazBilgin Canaz (1972, Çanakkale) began his studies at the Istanbul Technical University’s State Conservatory of Turkish Music Department of Folk Dances in 1992. After studying for a year, he continued his studies at the Ege University’s State Conservatory of Turkish Music Basic Sciences where he was educated for five years in Turkish music, folk music, western music, and playing ney; he graduated in 1998.

He worked in TRT Radio Izmir (1996), TRT Radio Ankara (2000) as a ney soloist and participated in many radio and television programs. He also recorded with many artists. Beginning in 2003, as a part of the project “From Sufi to Flamenco”, he performed in various countries including Belgium, The Netherlands, as well as in Turkey. He composed the theme of the documentary, “Dünden Bugüne Demir Yolları”, broadcasted in Kanal B TV. He performed with the major orchestras of the country as a soloist, including State Symphony Orchestra. He worked with internationally acclaimed musicians such as Maria Farantouri, Zülfü Livaneli, and Yıldız İbrahimova. In 2008, at the International Ankara Flamenco Festival, he performed as ney soloist with the Blue Black Flamenco Ensemble. With composer-arranger Can Atilla he performed at the Turkish President’s residence in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II.


Hakan Ali TokerHakan Ali Toker (1976, Mersin) studied cello for a year at Istanbul University’s State Conservatory, piano and composition for seven years at Bilkent University’s Faculty of Music and Stage Arts, and finally piano and composition at the Music Department of the University of Indiana for three years where he received his degree. He also studied jazz and electronic music in the University of Indiana. In some other areas, such as improvisation and Turkish music, he learned by himself. He learned to play kanun, accordion, and klavichord.

He performed in many countries with different musicians and groups as well as a soloist, including Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Denmark, Iceland, Italy, USA, and South Korea. In these countries he was a guest in radio and television programs and received positive remarks from international media. In the USA, where he lived for nine years, he studied musics of the Middle East, Central Asia, and South America. He took the stage with master performers of both Eastern and Western music, and participated in many joint projects with dancers, poets, and acrobats. He has given improvisational recitals, multi-media shows, and made music to silent films.

He has many compositions and arrangements in the forms of classical, jazz and Turkish music for soloists, chamber music and orchestras.

TANINI TRIO - Arabian Dance (Tchaikovsky) from the album Touches:


TANINI TRIO - Hasret from the albums Touches 2 by Tanini and Hasret by Tahir Aydogdu:




Photo Credit: Ümran Akdağcık






Tahir Aydoğdu, kanun;

Bilgin Canaz, ney;

Hakan A. Toker, piano


Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 8:00 pm


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