Kim’s Facebook Page (Kim Sanders World Music) is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kim-Sanders-World-Music/131697043563700?sk=wall
Links to Kim on Youtube include:
(When googling ‘gaida’ in Turkish contexts, spell it ‘gayda’ – that’s the Turkish spelling. Sometimes in Macedonia it is spelled ‘gajda’. Or, if you are set up for Cyrillic, use the relevant one)
Kim Sanders and Friends at Chapel by the Sea May 08.
With Persian group Chang-e-Nahid at the 800th anniversary of Persian mystic Rumi. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-Jyt-M8znQPrilepsko Oro on Macedonian gaida http://www.youtube.com/user/kimsandersmusic?blend=3&ob=5Greek song “Yiourgia” on Macedonian gaida http://www.youtube.com/user/kimsandersmusic?blend=3&ob=5#p/u/2/EjI3KQFpyTQMacedonian/Thracian dance paidushko (pajdusko) http://www.youtube.com/user/kimsandersmusic?blend=3&ob=5#p/u/3/OWSoRRygh5s
has published a composition of Kim’s at http://www.neyzen.com/nota_arsivi/02_klasik_eserler/078_saba/saba_ss_kim_sanders.pdf
and now has included his biog information on http://www.neyzen.com/ozgecmisler/04_merhum_neyzenler/kim_sanders__merhum_ney_zen.pdf.
The above site is full of information, in Turkish and English, for the ney player or enthusiast. (Linda Dawson)
* “Rifat Varol is an excellent “ney-opener” (ney-maker) in Sultanahmet, Istanbul . I have several of his neys. Rifat doesn’t speak English himself but does have a website (in English) which has some very good downloadable samples of ney taksims and useful links. Online ordering available. www.neyneva.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Another excellent ney maker whose neys I have also used is Hanefi Kirgiz , also in Sultanahmet, Istanbul . He speaks a little English. His website is in Turkish only: www.hanefikirgiz.com Email: email@example.com
* Mehmet Yucel is also a reputable ney-opener, and has a very good ney site, including downloadable samples, charts (select “nota arsivi” from menu at top of homepage) and ney care hints. http://www.neyzen.com He is in the process of making an English-language version – some pages only at present. My composition Saba Saz Semai is published here.
* www.neysazi.com(Turkish only) also has a good sheet music archive.
* My ney teacher Neyzen Ahmet Kaya has a new edition of his published a how-to-play-ney book Ney Metodu (in Turkish). Available online from http://www.kitapyurdu.com/kitap/default.asp?id=592706 (website in Turkish only).*
* My kaval teacher Sinan Celik is the force behind Duygu Muzik, who put out some interesting CDs (not just kaval). They also sell good kavals made by Ali Acar. Sinan has also written a Kaval Metodu (how-to-play kaval) in Turkish. www.dilsizkaval.com has some instruction videos in Turkish. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Linsey Pollak makes very good gaidas, zurnas etc – but there’s a bit of a waiting-list. He has also published an excellent book of Macedonian tunes he has collected during his travels. It goes from simple tunes in 2/4 right up to 25/8, and isn’t full of mistakes like some “folkloric” publications! He also has a CD Kniga Tservena containing (some of) the tunes in the book. email@example.com
* Risto Todoroski (in Sydney) makes good Macedonian and Bulgarian gaidas, kavals and tapans. http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=310B59B0583F898A Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 02 9835 4732
Cory Dale of Brisbane also makes good gaidas, kavals and other goodies. I can recommend him, too.
Ian Mackenzie (of Blackheath, NSW) makes Uillean, Spanish, Highland and Lowland pipes, kavals and other things. He made the chanter for the aardvark. email@example.com
* Sabahattin Akdagcik is no longer performing, but is still teaching at his music school SASOM in Sydney . Turkish and Arabic folk and classical, vocal and instrumental, all levels. He is an excellent teacher. Tel 0419 707 743
* For CDs of Turkish music, Kalan Muzik is an excellent record company. All kinds of music – excellent archival stuff as well as contemporary. Online ordering. Artists include Birol Topaloglu, Selim Sesler, Osman Aktas, Yansimalar, Engin Arslan. Site is in English and Turkish. Doublemoon also put out some good stuff, mostly contemporary. Artists include Selim Sesler, Husnu Senlendirici. Beyza Muzik & Yapim also put out some good stuff including recordings by ney master Saddrettin Ozcemi.
* Songül Karahasanoglu, my mey teacher (and Professor at Turkish Music State Conservatory in Istanbul ) has published a how-to-play-mey book (in Turkish): Mey ve Metodu (Inkilap Kitabevi, Yayin Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.,
Ankara Cad. No 95, Sirkeci 34410, Istanbul . ISBN975-10-1083-7)
Anne Hildyard and Rob Bester (of Xenos) have published Gajda Tunes of Macedonia, a book of gaida tunes they collected in Northern Greece – good stuff. www.xenosmusic.com
www.maqamworld.com Arabic music site in English including introductory explanation of maqam system
* The only book on Arabic music in English I know is Habib Hassan Touma: The Music of the Arabs (New Expanded Edition 1996. Amadeus Press, Reinhard G. Pauly General Editor, Portland, Oregon. ISBN 0-931340-88-8). I am not an expert on Arabic Classical music – feedback from someone who is would be appreciated.
http://www.duduk.com/ has useful info on duduk. I can’t personally vouch for their products – feedback, anyone?
* For baglama, oud and other stringed instruments I can recomment Yusuf Toraman of Istanbul, an old friend and master instrument-maker. He made a lot of Arf Sag’s instruments. His website is in Turkish only: http://www.toramanmuzik.com Adress: Toraman Muzik Evi San Tic. STI., Kucuk Langa Cad. Yuruk Palas No 40/3, Aksaray – Istanbul. Tel: 0 212 589 5858/530 1616
* I have started using a Turkish music-writing programme called Mus2. It has capacity to notate Turkish Classical and folk styles as well as other microtonal pieces. It is fairly user-friendly (if you know something about these kinds of music) and isn’t cluttered up by all kinds of features you neither want nor need. It isn’t perfect – what is? — but they are working on improving it, and, even more importantly, their email support are friendly and helpful. (I am sick of people rushing out programmmes that don’t work properly, and who seem to lose interest in you once you have paid your money. Case in point: the Desktop version of iTabla, whose manual did not work when I got the programme, and told me they were “too busy” to fix it – or help me with my problems!)
The Mus2 people have also released Mus2okur. This is a prog which outlines the basics of Turkish music – makam, usul (rhythm) and other elements as well as various archives. You can, eg, play along with a score displayed on the screen. It has its limitations – the sounds are pitched at theoretical levels, rather than those used by master musicians (so you still need a teacher, I’m afraid!) but certainly extremely useful.
You can download a trial version of both programmes (with limitations on saving etc) from their website www.mus2.com.tr. Price is very reasonable.
* Music of the World are a new organization putting on World Music concerts and workshops in the Blue Mountains area. They are very supportive of Australian performers.
– Kim Sanders