Ahmet Erdoğdular

Style of Art : Artist / singer, oud and tambur player
Branch of Art : Turkish classical music: oud and tambur
Art Profile :

Ahmet Erdoğdular began studying music in his childhood with his father, neyzen Ömer Erdoğdular. He developed his music with the guidance of the renowned musician Niyazi Sayın. Erdoğdular participated in various concerts as a lead singer in his teenage. He graduated from the State Conservatory of Istanbul Technical University, where he also completed his master’s degree on Turkish Classical Music under the guidance of Professor Alaeddin Yavaşça. Erdoğdular specialized in Turkish gazel (improvisation) technique. He also studied makam and improvisation techniques with Niyazi Sayın, Necdet Yaşar and Kani Karaca, and performed with them in Turkey and around the world.

Erdoğdular researched musical performance techniques of famous masters including Munir Nurettin Selçuk, Bekir Sıtkı Sezgin, and Meral Uğurlu, and learned the style of classical singing. With his father, he analyzed the old LP recordings of Hafiz Sami, Hafiz Kemal, Hafiz Osman, Izak Al Gazi, Munir Nurettin Selçuk, Sadettin Kaynak, Üsküdarli Ali Efendi, Hafiz Mecid and others, and learned their voice and singing techniques in forms, such as classical songs, gazel, kaside, and mevlid. He has also studied and performed Sufi musical repertoire. Those include the naat in Mevlevi ayins, as well as ilahi (hymns) and kaside (improvisation on religious poetry), as essential components of the Sufi zikir (remembrance ceremony).

Erdoğdular has participated in various festivals, such as the Biennale di Venezia, International Gazel Festival, the International Mystic Sufi Music Festival, Fez Sacred Music Festival, and a number of music festivals in Europe, Asia and the Untied States and performed both Ottoman classical music and Sufi music. As a member of Lalezar Ensemble, he has performed in concerts and recorded the CD: “Ottoman Turkish Music Anthology" in the United States. He has also performed as a soloist with The Necdet Yasar Ensemble in France, as well as with Kani Karaca in Japan, Niyazi Sayın in Austria, Ross Daly in Greece, and Kudsi Ergüner in France, Morocco, Greece, and Italy. Erdoğdular has also performed as a naathan and ayinhan in the Sacred Encounter, a documentary presented by the Turkish Ministry of Culture to UNESCO for the proclamation of 2007, which was the Year of Rumi.

Erdoğdular has given lectures, seminars and workshops in places such as Bosporus University in Istanbul, the Boston Conservatory, Sufi music retreat in San Francisco, and Labyrinth Musical Workshop in Greece. He worked as a soloist at the Turkish Radio and recorded a number of music program series for different television companies. He was a guest soloist for two years in the State Turkish Classical Music Ensemble. Erdoğdular is frequently featured in the Turkish Radio Television TV music programs. As of today, Erdoğdular is a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York.

Reference: ahmeterdogdular.com

Web Site : www.ahmeterdogdular.com
Email : info@ahmeterdogdular.com
City : New York
Country : U.S.A.
Preferred Lang. : Turkish / English
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