ALI FUAT AYDIN
"An account of fieldwork researching the zeibekiko in Turkey.”
by Ali Fuat Aydin
CV: Born in 1973 in Aydin-Karpuzlu-Ektirli. Graduated from Bornova Anatolian High School in Izmir (1991), and Middle East Technical University (METU), Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department in Ankara (1998).
While studying at METU he gave courses on baglama, as well as being president of the executive council of METU Turkish Folklore Club, one of the university's cultural clubs (1994-6); he also conducted the club's Turkish Folk Music Choir (1995). After his graduation he continued to lecture on baglama during his military service. Some years later he returned to conducting the choir, travelling from Izmir to Ankara at weekends over a period of two years (2002-3).
He has made a significant contribution to the repertoire of Turkish Folk Music with his collecting activities in several regions, especially Aydin, Mugla and Izmir. He has mainly worked on “slow zeybeks” and the main element of his collections is the “kaba zurna” culture in Aydin-Germencik and Mugla-Milas.
His articles on musical subjects, mainly on the “Turkish Music System”, have been published in various publications. He has also worked on “Smyrneika” and has presented papers on that subject in various conferences abroad.