On a chilly, wet, and snowy December evening, a rock band was riding the length of Istiklal Caddesi on the historic tram.
We pause from our regular programming to bring you the Turkish National Anthem on Republic Day.
Erdal Erzincan is another excellent contemporary Turkish bağlama player.
Another excellent contemporary bağlama player. This is a taksim (improvisation) on electric bağlama.
This is at Macar Bay, in Anadolu Kavağı, on the Asian side, close to where the Bosphorus meets the Black Sea. (This is still considered Istanbul). The day was rather windy (are you sure you want to click on that link?). See the next post for a shot of the bay.
A few moments with the Bosphorus, just north of the Dolmabahçe Mosque. The soundtrack is full of something I haven’t found in Istanbul: silence.
Two small boats moored on the Bosphorus at Ortaköy. (Ozan means ‘poet’).
A sample of contemporary Turkish bağlama player Özlem Özdil. (Some of you might recall the bağlama is the reason I am here).
Watch a master bağlama player in action.