Kim’s Teachers

Gaida lesson with Lazo Nikolovski in Skopje, Macedonia, 1985

Bas Jobarteh

Bas Jobarteh

Kostadin Varimezov

Kostadin Varimezov

Pece Atanasovski

Pece Atanasovski

Selim Sesler

Selim Sesler

Haydar Tanriverdi

Neyzen Ahmet Kaya

“Despite what some people think, a good teacher can teach you an awful lot. It saves a lot of time if you can start from square 17 instead of square one. Especially since you only live once.

I owe a huge debt to my teachers especially:

Sabahattin Akdagcik, Baran Asik, Pece Atanasovski, Traiche Baldzhiev, Bob Bertles, Salih Bilgin, Sinan Celik, Ilyas Celikoglu, Timucin Cevikoglu, Don Cherry, Destan Destanovski, Georgi Doytchev, Georgi Dzhelyazkov, Kamil Gul,  Ahmet KayaSongul Karahasanoglu,  Kostas Latas, Riley LeeDave Leibman, Ferdi Nadas, Lazo Nikolovski, Linsey Pollak, Ahmet Sahin, Selim Sesler, Haydar Tanriverdi, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Risto Todoroski, Musa Uzunkaya, Kostadin Varimezov, Ali Yilmaz

…and to those who either inspired me or tought me indirectly, including

Allarakah, Albert Ayler, J.S.Bach, Ginger Baker, The Band, Gato Barbieri, Bela Bartok, The Beatles, The Bechuanaland Boys, Capt Beefheart, Tunji Beier, Sotiria Belou, Ed Blackwell, Blind Blake, Carla Bley, Lester Bowie, Goran Bregovic, Lord Buckley, Ray Charles, Avishai Cohen, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Fanta Damba, Miles Davis, Paul Desmond, Eric Dolphy, Don Drummond and the Skatalites, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Franco, Saffet Gundeger, Charlie Haden, Thassos Halkias, Coleman Hawkins, Jimi Hendrix, Toots Hibbert, Holiday Billie, Dave Holland, John Lee Hooker, Bobby Hutcherson, Abdullah Ibrahim, Elvin Jones, Louis Jordan, Mustafa Kandirali, Nadya Karadzhova, Salif Keita, Ali Akbar Khan, Bismillah Khan, Lord Kitchener, Mile Kolarov, Aka Gunduz Kutbay, Fela Kuti, J.B. Lenoir, Cachao and Cachaito Lopez, Mac Rebbenac, Taj Mahal, Makhona Zonke Band, Bob Marley, Bernie McGann, Charles Mingus, Zigaboo Modeliste, Thelonious Monk, Mothers of Invention, Ferrus Mustafov, Randy Newman, Tale Ognenovski, Sadrettin Ozcimi, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Sun Ra, Esma Redzhevopa, Django Reinhardt, Sam Rivers, Sonny Rollins, Niyazi Sayin, Pete Seeger, Archie Shepp, Igor Stravinsky, Tchico Tchikaya,  Ahmet Tekbilek, Neyzen Tevfik, Dafo Trendafilov, Vasilis Tsitsanis, Ali Farka Toure, Jethro Tull, Stanley Unwin, Asik Veysel, Ben Webster, Howlin Wolf, Lester Young, Frank Zappa

Don Cherry

…to all the musicians I have played with over the years, who have been my teachers also, and to people who have tought me all kinds of things informally. These include

Haydar Kekec, Musa Uzunkaya

Reza Achman, Hossein Allaf, Engin Arslan, Suren Asaduryan, Omer Avci, Epizo Bangoura, Raoul Bassa, Jose Barroso, Rigel Best, Peter Boyd, Mirslav Bukovski, Andy Busuttil, Stella Chiweshe, Sean Choolburra, Masood Davoody,  Destan Destanovski, Bobby Dimitrievski, George Doukas, Glen Doyle, Melda Duygulu, Steve Elphick, Silvia Entcheva, Arif Erdebil, Hasan Esen, Christine Evans, Sandy Evans, Wayne Freer, Faramehr Farnoosh, Blair Greenberg, Robert Guzmanyi, Toby Hall, Marcus Holden, Don Hopkins, Kahanan Inisisri, Ercan Irmak, Ugur Isik, Tevfik Isiktimur, Sawung Jabo, Bas Jobarteh, Inisisri Kahanan, David Kelly, Peter Kennard, Tony Lewis,  Takis Kanellos, Vahid Khoshkham Kermanshahi, Abdullah Khoshnow, Llew Kiek, Mara Kiek, Jubing Kristianto, Irfan Kurt, Laci Lakk, Hugo Leal, Libidorr Jazz Band, Zulfu Livanelli, Andonis Maratos,  Mania Maratou, Linda Marr, Pape Mbaye, Con Marankozidis, John Napier, Aziz N’Diaye, Tuna Otenel, Vassiliki Papageorgiou, Eylem Pelit,  Rafly,  Ron Reeves, Mark Robson, Theodoris Rellos, Ashok Roy, Greg Sheahan, Bobby Singh, Christopher Soulos, Simeon Shterev, Sono Seni,  Bale Stojcevski, Davood Tabrizi,  Okay Temiz, Traiche Todoroski, Totok Tewel, Birol Topaloglu, Ubiet, Wendy Upjohn, Robbie Varga, Carlos Villanueva,  Damian Wright and Metin Yilmaz”

…and to those who taught me the arcane arts of reed-making, including Haydar Kekec, Adem Ceylan, Linsey Pollak and Risto Todoroski”

– Kim Sanders

Kim has  lectured and conducted workshops and at Bahcesehir Universitesi (Istanbul), the Chinese Central Conservatorium (Beijing) the Institut Seni Indonesia (Bandung, Solo, Jogjakarta),  Rumah Nusantara and other cultural institutions in Indonesia. In Australia he has tought at the Australian Film, Television and Radio Schoool, the NSW Conservatorium of Music, Sydney University, University of Western Sydney, Monash University, University of New England and Northern Rivers University and at many festivals in Indonesia and Australia. He designed and performed multicultural programmes in primary and secondary schools with Musica Viva and Victorian, Queensland and Northern Territory Arts Councils. He was co-author of Resources Kit book accompanying Nakisa’s work in schools with Musica Viva.

 

Links

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:

Kim with Birol Topaloglu at the Gitar Cafe in Istanbul

(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

 

www.neyzen.com

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)

 

 

Resources

* “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: neyneva@neyneva.com

* 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: info@hanefikirgiz.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.

Ahmet Kaya: Ney Metodu

* 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: info@dilsizkaval.com

* 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. linsey@spiderweb.com.au

Risto Todoroski

* Risto Todoroski  (in Sydney) makes good Macedonian and Bulgarian gaidas, kavals and tapans. http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=310B59B0583F898A Email: sirulsko@gmail.com 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. simack_2000@yahoo.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.

Songul Karahasanoglu-Ata

* 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