Back in 1997, Golden Horn produced the very first recording
of two friends; Derya Türkan and Murat Aydemir.
Album was titled “Ahenk”, meaning "harmony"
in Turkish. This title reflected these two musicians'
friendship as well as their style and performance of
Turkish & Ottoman classical music. At that time,
Derya and Murat were in their early twenties. They already
had many years of performance experience in prestigious
ensembles. Both of them had very sound training in their
style of music. They were students of the leading players
of Turkish classical music and showed a lot of promise
for the future. In this musical tradition, teacher-student
relationship never ends. It is a life long relationship.
In addition, both Derya and Murat had the honor of playing
with masters of this tradition in many occasions. Both
musicians perform in other groups, sometimes together,
sometimes separately and have their own individual musicianship
and musical interests. When they get together to play,
as very capable extensions and performers of music that
reaches back centuries, they perform on tanbur and kemence,
in a style that has become seldom displayed.
Over the years, first album’s title gave the duo
it is name: "Ahenk Duo". Ahenk’s second
recording continues where the first album left. Both
musicians have been living up to expectations and they
are now considered to be leading performers of their
respective instruments. Both Derya and Murat recorded
other albums as well. Initial volume of Ahenk, over
the years, became a reference album for many; not only
for those individuals who were getting their first introduction
to this tradition, but also for those who had immersed
themselves in this music already. Both albums contain
compositions from various periods of classical music
as well as taksims (improvisations) performed solo and
jointly. This joint improvisation style is a development
that Murat and Derya have inherited from their teachers
and continue to perform. Murat also demonstrates this
style on another duo recording, this time with the ney
player Salih Bilgin on album called “Neva”.
As the producer of these recordings, I am very excited
about this website. I hope that it will become a platform
of communication between musicians and listeners. We
intend to keep audience informed with developments in
both recording and performance areas.
At a personal level, working with Derya and Murat in
Ahenk and their other projects have been very wonderful
and special. Their mastery of this art form and dedication
to it is amazing. Whenever I hear the sounds from these
recordings, I feel happy to be part of and involved
in these projects. I wish both of them long lives, happiness
Again welcome, and enjoy your visit.
Executive Director, Producer
Golden Horn Records