by ALI FUAT AYDIN [Izmir]
Ali Fuat Aydin is a long-time colleague of ours. He has been actively engaged in researching Turkish music and dance for many years. He has attended our Hydra Rebetiko Conference annually since its inception in 2000, and has constructed a very impressive archive of materials (sound and video) related to Anatolian music and dance. In addition he will be playing at our Saturday Night Concert.
CV: While studying at METU he gave courses on baglama, as well as being president of the executive council of METU Turkish Folklore Club (1994-6); he also conducted the club's Turkish Folk Music Choir (1995). After graduation he continued to lecture on baglama during his military service. 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.