Choir-Turkish Maqam Classes

Baha Yetkin

Course Dates: Tuesdays, 28th January – 7th April*

*There will not be any classes on 18th February

Times: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Fee: £120

This 10-week choir course will be one in which students will sing Turkish makam music from the Ottoman period to the present as well as special melodies from Anatolia. How these makams and melodies are formed will also be learned.

The “mesk” system, which is the educational system of the music, is suitable for everyone and it does not require any special qualifications in this course. Singing and hearing, are abilities which can be improved when trained. This course will be an enjoyable form of training and the student will become aware of the physical and mental changes within themselves as they train.

Regarding content; students will learn selected works from the repertoires of Ottoman Art Music, Anatolian Folk Music and Turkish Contemporary Music. The students will also go through training on sound, ear and theoretical knowledge with the books prepared by the instructor Baha Yetkin.

Course Features

  • Max Students15
  • Duration10 week
  • Skill levelall
  • LanguageEnglish
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Baha Yetkin
Baha Yetkin

Turkish oud artist and composer Baha Yetkin grew up in Istanbul, the meeting point of two continents, and the prolific melting pot of European and Middle Eastern musical cultures. So, not very surprisingly, he was able to shape a very unique artistic style which embraced both Istanbul music and Middle Eastern music; which in return, paved the way for fruitful collaborations with Turkish and European masters of music like Mustafa Keser, İnci Çayırlı, Melihat Gülses, Petros Klampanis, Michalis Kouloumis and Çiğdem Aslan.

Yetkin also garnered attention as the first ever Turkish oud artist to be invited to play flamenco in Spain and to give a solo recital at Royal Albert Hall. Furthermore, these milestone events were preceded and followed by performances at prominent concert venues in Turkey and Europe, such as Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, Lütfi Kırdar Meeting and Performance Hall and Zorlu Performing Arts Center in Istanbul; Gongora Theatre in Cordoba; and Vortex Jazz Club and Green Note in London. He also performed in festivals like Alamar World Music Fest in Almeria, Yeldeğirmeni Spring Jazz Festival in Istanbul and Rebetiko Carnaval in London.

Now based in London, Baha Yetkin builds up his performances with his meticulously written compositions which are an amalgamation of out-of-the-box improvisational thinking based on Istanbul music, complex rhythmic structures of Middle Eastern music, emotional dynamics, meditation, spirituality and wisdom.

His debut album "The Pearl" was released on 24th March 2019, on all digital platforms. He continues performing in the UK, Europe and Turkey as well as teaching and sharing his knowledge, experience, and technique with Turkish and non-Turkish students in several places in London.

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