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Kerim and Selim Altinok – Blind Brothers Duo with…

The mandolin is not a popular instrument in Turkey today. The baglama is the plucked strings instrument that is mostly played in Turkey. But there are a few videos by Turkish musicians with mandolin. Some time ago I was told about the videos by Kerim & Selim Altinok. After I had watched several videos I found that both brothers began losing their sight when they were 4, and are completely blind since they were 18.

Despite of this they studied at the university and established their own company. They did also study music and started a successful carreer as musicians. And they are also fantastic players of chess and took part in international chess competitions.

Between 1940 and 1954 the so called Village Institutes existed in Turkey, institutes to educate teachers for schools for the education of boys and girls in rural countries. In those schols music played an important rule, and in many cases mandolin was taught to the students. I have found many pictures showing groups of mandolin players from this time.

There are some mandolin methods in Turkish language, one method is shown on the website of Kerim and Selim Altinok:

 

Mandolinenschule von Akuf Saydam und Saip Egüz aus der Türkei
Yeni Mandolin Metodu

Selim, the mandolin player, has used youtube to discover the many ways the mandolin is played in the world. He would like that the mandolin gets a better place in the musical life in Turkey.

Playlist Kerim & Selim Altinok

Playliste 2 – Kerim & Selim Altinok

Additional Information

Linkcollection about Kerim & Selim Altinok

Newspaper article from Hürriyet

Brothers Kerim and Selim Altinok were born just 45 seconds apart. They partially lost their sight at the age of four and totally lost it a few days before their 18th birthday. Although they had to overcome difficulties fully sighted people would not have to, they have never stopped fighting.

They finished primary school, and at university, they graduated with honors from the Istanbul University Faculty of Law. They specialized in financial law. The brothers have also represented Turkey in the field of chess and Selim has drawn with world chess champion Anatoly Karpov.

Career and art

The Altinok brothers got involved in art while they were building their careers. They started playing various instruments at an early age and decided to become professional musicians. They passed the exams at the Istanbul State Conservatory.

As part of the Bakirköy Association for the Blind, the brothers formed a choir named Gözder, composed entirely of blind members, in 1991. They aim to share their knowledge from the conservatory with the choir and prove that all disabilities can be overcome with good music education.

Website Kerim & Selim Altinok

Kerim & Selim Altinok at soundcloud

At soundcloud you can find a playlist with instrumental pieces, played with mandolins and guitar, including popular pieces like O Sole Mio, an arrangement of the Aranjuez guitar concerto by Rodrigo, ot the popular Southamerican tune El Condor Pasa.

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Eastern Europe

Documentary – Traditional Music of Turkey with Wooden Instruments…

Tolgahan Çoğulu has worked on a project to present wooden instruments from Turkey. This has been inspired by the World Wood Day on March 21st.

The result is the following playlist with 17 videos that present the instruments:

  • Ud
  • Ney
  • microtonal guitar
  • Tar
  • Kemençe
  • Bağlama
  • fretless guitar
  • Kemane
  • Kanun
  • Tulum
  • Dede Efendi
  • Tanbur
  • Erbane
  • Mey
  • Darbuka
  • Kaval (six string Bağlama)

A great project in which excellent artists demonstrate the instruments and the playing techniques.

Documentary – Traditional Music of Turkey with Wooden Instruments

In the youtube channel of the International Wood Culture Society I have found two other videos with musical instruments, presenting the mandolin maker Carlo Mazzaccara and a luthier of the Oud:

The Oud and Luthier

Additional Information

International Wood Culture Society’s Documentary: Traditional Music of Turkey with Wooden Instruments
Documentary Supervisor: Tolgahan Çoğulu

World Wood Day 2015

Tolgahan Çoğulu

favorite tunes

Tin Tin Tini Mini Hanim – A Folk Dance…

In the homepage of DUNAV – a homepage dedicated to the folk danes of eastern Europe and Asia – I have recently discovered this simple but anyway interesting folk dance tune:  Tin Tin Tini Mini Hanim

The melody is composed of only 5 different notes, but it is possible to play this tune for a long time without becoming bored. It is also a nice tune for children as you can see in some of the videos that I have found.

Very interesting is the following video by the group Bustan Abraham from Israel. The tune starts with an improvisation on a banjo the sounds like it would introduce a bluegrass tune – but then follows the Turkish folk dance tune Tin Tin Tini Mini Halim for almost 10 minutes. Unfortunately this video is no more available – I have found another great version here:

Tini mini hanem

Tini Mini Hanem performed April 10, 2011 at Sanders Theatre by the Zamir Chorale of Boston conducted by Joshua Jacobson and members of Bustan Abraham with Mehmet Sanlikol. www.zamir.org.

Here another version with a group of woman who dance to the music:

In my playlist I have collected many difrerent versions, played by different groups as well as sung versions.

Enjoy this folk dance from Turkey: Tin Tin Tini Mini Hanim!

Playlist: Tin Tin Tini Mini Hanim

Additional Information

Lyrics with translation to English: http://www.shira.net/music/lyrics/tini-mini-hanim.htm

Sheet music and lyrics: http://www.frmartuklu.net/muzik-turleri-ve-enstrumanlari/129432-tin-tin-tini-mini-hanim-notalari.html

Sheet music – on the homepage www.baglamist.com you can find more sheet music of Turkish music: http://www.baglamist.com/t/tini-mini-hanim.htm

DUNAV Homepage – a great source vor video clips, sheet music, recordings and dance instructions: http://www.dunav.org.il/

mandolin orchestra

Koray Berat Sari, Baglama and Mandolin Orchestra Jugenzupforchester NRW

I found the following video and as it is a very rare combination I want to present it in my blog.

Last year a special compoetition for the Baglama – an instrument popular in Turkey and played by many immigrants from Turkey in Germany as well – was included in the German competition for young musicians Jugend Musiziert. The orchestra was conducted by Dr. Christian de Witt.

Koray Berat Sari, Jugendzupforchester NRW mit Baglama

Preisträgerkonzert von Jugend musiziert 2009
Baglama mit dem Jugendzupforchester NRW unter der Leitung von Dr. Christian de Witt

 

There is a press release about this (in German)
http://www.jugend-musiziert.org/bundeswettbewerb/presse/pressemitteilung

Baglama

Informations about the baglama from Turkey or more precisely the baglama saz can be found in the Atlas of Plucked Instruments.

http://www.atlasofpluckedinstruments.com/middle_east.htm

This is the most well-known Turkish plucked instrument. It comes in several different sizes : the small cura saz, the baglama saz, the bigger divan saz and the biggest : the meydan saz. Nowadays you can also find an electric saz. The baglama (pronounce : bah-lahma) is the most popular. In Iran and Azerbaijan this instrument may be called chogur, choghur or çogur.

Jugendzupforchester NR

Homepage of the Jugendzupforchester NRW: http://www.jugendzupforchester.de/

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