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One World Day 2022: Turkish Art and Folk Music - Mehmet Gencer and Friends

Updated: Jul 6, 2023

Mehmet Gencer and world class musicians will present instrumental music and popular songs from Turkish Art and Folk music at 3:00 pm on August 28th, 2022 at the Centennial Peace Plaza. Together lets Celebrate the 76th annual One World Day at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

Maude Cloutier (violin) Brendon Phelps (Cello) and Henry Samuels (Bass) will play moving instrumental pieces composed in 1800s and will accompany Mehmet Gencer (vocal) for popular songs from Turkish Art and folk music.


Maude, Brendon and Henry are musicians with M.U.S.I.C (Musical Upcoming Stars In Classics) which provides intimate chamber music performances by world class international musicians from Northeast Ohio and beyond.


This concert will be a unique presentation of Turkish Art and folk music with violin, cello and bass while maintaining the traditional format.


What: One World Day Concert

When: 3:00pm, August 28, 2022

Where: Centennial Peace Plaza, Cleveland Cultural Gardens

 

PROGRAM


1- Nihavent Longa - Violinist (Kemani) Kevser Hanım

(Second half of 1800s - 1950)


2- Şarkılar Seni Söyler - Muzaffer İlkar (1910 - 1987)


3- Mihriban - Musa Eroğlu (b 1944)


4- Şehnaz Longa - Santuri Ethem Efendi (1855 - 1926)


5- Muhayyer Kürdi Makam Taksimi - Violin


6- Duydumki Unutmuşsun - Selahattin Altınbaş (1938 - 2003)


7- Burası Agora Meyhanesi - İsmet Saatçi (b 1937)


8- Hicaz Sirto - Sultan Abdülaziz (1830 - 1876)


9- Hicaz Makam Taksimi - Cello


10- Yar Saçların İüle lüle - Yesari Asım Ersoy (1896 - 1992)


11- Niksarın Fidanları - Anonymous

From Niksar-Tokat, Turkiye


 

Şarkı Sözleri

Song Lyrics

ŞARKILAR SENİ SÖYLER


Şarkılar seni söyler

Dillerde nağme adın


Aşk gibi, sevda gibi

Huysuz ve tatlı kadın

Huysuz ve tatlı kadın


En güzel günlerini

Demek bensiz yaşadın

Demek bensiz yaşadın


Aşk gibi, sevda gibi

Huysuz ve tatlı kadın

Huysuz ve tatlı kadın

SONGS SING YOU


Songs sing you

Melody is your name in all words


Like love, like passion

Grumpy and sweet woman

Grumpy and sweet woman


So, your most beautiful days

You’ve lived without me

You’ve lived without me


Like love, like passion

Grumpy and sweet woman

Grumpy and sweet woman

MİHRİBAN


Sarı saçlarına deli gönlümü

Bağlamışım, çözülmüyor, Mihriban,Mihriban


Ayrılıktan zor belleme ölümü, ölümü

Görmeyince sezilmiyor,

Mihriban, Mihriban, Mihriban


"Yâr" deyince, kalem elden düşüyor

Gözlerim görmüyor, aklım şaşıyor, şaşıyor


Lambada titreyen alev üşüyor, üşüyor

Aşk kâğıda yazılmıyor,

Mihriban , Mihriban, Mihriban


Tabiplerde ilaç yoktur yarama

"Aşk" deyince, ötesini arama , arama


Her nesnenin bir bitimi var ama, var ama

Aşka hudut çizilmiyor,

Mihriban, Mihriban, Mihriban

MİHRİBAN


I've tied up my crazy heart to your blond hair, won’t untie Mihriban, Mihriban


Don’t think death is harder than the separation

When you don't see,

can’t sense it

Mihriban, Mihriban, Mihriban


When “love" is spoken, pen falls off hand

My eyes can't see,

my mind gets confused, gets confused


The flickering flame in the lantern is getting chilly, is getting chilly

Love can not be written on a paper

Mihriban, Mihriban, Mihriban


There is no medicine with the doctors,

For my wound

When “love” is mentioned

Don’t look further Don’t look further


For every object, there is an end however

There is an end however

No borders can be drawn for love

Mihriban, Mihriban, Mihriban

DUYDUM Kİ UNUTMUŞSUN


Duydum ki unutmuşsun gözlerimin rengini

Yazık olmuş o gözlerden sana akan yaşlara


Bir zamanlar sevginle ateşlenen başımı

Dizlerinin yerine dayasaydım taşlara


Hani bendim yedi renk hani tende can idim

Hani gündüz hayalin geceler rüyan idim


Demek ki senin için aşk değil yalan imiş

Acırım heder olan o en güzel yıllara

HEARD YOU FORGOT


I heard that you forgot the color of my eyes

It's so pity for the tears flowing

from those eyes for you


My head that was once burning with your love, Wish I was to lean it on the stones instead of your knees


So, I was the seven colors, and was life in the core of essence

So, I was your day dream during the days, your dream at nights


So for you, then, it was not love but a lie

I pity those most beautiful years that were perished

AGORA MEYHANESİ


Burası Agora meyhanesi

Burda yaşar aşkların

En divanesi, en şahanesi


Bu gece benim gecem

Bu gece bizim gecemiz

Cama vuran her damlada

Seni hatırlıyorum ve sana susuzluğumu


Bu akşam ümitlerini

Meze yapıp içiyorum

İçiyorum, içiyorum

İçiyor, içiyorum


Bu gece benim gecem

Bu gece bizim gecemiz

Cama vuran her damlada

Seni hatırlıyorum ve sana susuzluğumu

AGORA TAVERN


This is the agora tavern

Live here the most divine,

The most glorious loves



Tonight is my night

Tonight is our night

In every drop that hits my window

I think of you and my thirst for you


I make my hopes meze (appetizers) tonight

I am drinking, drinking,

drinking, drinking, drinking


Tonight is my night

Tonight is our night

In every drop that hits my window,

I think of you and my thirst for you

YAR SAÇLARI LÜLE LÜLE


Yar saçları lüle lüle

Yar benziyor beyaz güle

O gül benim hayatımdır

Ölürüm de vermem ele


Yar yar aman Yar yar aman

Yar yüreğim oldu keman

Kavuşmamız yar ne zaman

Yar ne zaman Yar ne zaman


Yar gözlerin üzüm üzüm

Eller gecem, yar gündüzüm

O gözlere baka baka

Soldu yüzüm soldu yüzüm


Yar yar aman Yar yar aman

Yar yüreğim oldu keman

Kavuşmamız yar ne zaman

Yar ne zaman yar ne zaman Yar gülleri beyaz beyaz

Yarimde naz bende niyaz

Aşk faslına başlamadan

Geçti bu yaz geçti bu yaz


Yar yar aman Yar yar aman

Yar yüreğim oldu keman

Kavuşmamız yar ne zaman

Yar ne zaman yar ne zaman

LOVE'S CURLY HAIR


Yar (love's), curly hair, in ringlets

Yar looks like a white rose

That rose is my life

I rather die than give it away


Yar yar aman, Yar yar aman

Yar, my heart has become a violin

Our togetherness yar when is it to be

Yar when is it to be yar when is it to be


Yar, your eyes are like beautiful grapes

Everyone else is my night, yar is my day

As I look and look into those eyes

My face faded away faded away….


Yar yar aman, Yar yar aman

Yar my heart has become a violin

Our togetherness Yar when is it to be

Yar when is it to be Yar when is it to be


Yar, your roses are white, white

Yar has the coyness, I have the desire

Before we could get in the phase of love

Went away this summer,

Went away this summer


Yar yar aman, Yar yar aman

Yar my heart has become a violin

Our togetherness Yar when is it to be

Yar when is it to be Yar when is it to be

NİKSARIN FİDANLARI


Kalenin bedenleri

Yâr, yâr, yâr, yandım


Koyverin gidenleri

Şinanay, yavrum, şinanay-nay


İpek bürük bürünmüş

Yar yar yar yandım

Niksarın fidanları

Şinanay yavrum şinanay-nay Hoppa, şina-şinanay, şinanay-nay

Şinanay, yavrum, şinanay-nay

Kaleden iniyorum

Yâr, yâr, yâr, yandım Çağırsan geliyorum

Şinanay, yavrum, şinanay-nay

Aşkından kibrit oldum

Yâr, yâr, yâr, yandım


Üff desen yanıyorum

Şinanay, yavrum, şinanay-nay

Hoppa, şina-şinanay, şinanay-nay

Şinanay, yavrum, şinanay-nay

MLK den iniyorum

Yar yar yar yandım


Kültürleri soluyorum

Şinanay yarim şinanay-nay

Kültürleri yaşiyorum

Şinanay canım şinanay-nay


Barış ürüyor her yerinde

Yar yar yar yandım


Cleveland bahçeleri

Şinanay, yavrum, şinanay-nay Hoppa, şina-şinanay, şinanay-nay

Şinanay, yavrum, şinanay-nay

SAMPLINGS OF NIKSAR


The bodies of the castle

Yar yar yar yandım


Let go the ones want to go

Şinanay, yavrum, şinanay-nay


Silk veil covering

Yar yar yar yandım


Saplings of Niksar

Şinanay, yavrum, şinanay-nay


Hoppa, şina-şinanay şinanay-nay

Şinanay, yavrum,şinanay-nay


Getting down from the castle

Yar yar yar yandım


Returning when you call me

Şinanay, yavrum, şinanay-nay


Became a match from your love

Yar yar yar yandım


If you blow, I'm burning

Şinanay, baby, şinanay-nay


Hoppa, şina-işimanay şinanay-nay

Şinanay, yavrum, şinanay-nay


Coming down on MLK

yar yar yar yandım


I am Breathing all cultures

Şinanay, yavrum, şinanay-nay

I am Living all cultures

Şinanay, canım, şinanay-nay


Peace is growing all over

Yar yar yar yandım


Cultural Gardens in Cleveland

Şinanay, yavrum, şinanay-nay


Hoppa şina şinanay şinanay-nay

Şinanay,yavrum, şinanay-nay

 

COMPOSERS


KEMANİ (Violinist) KEVSER HANIIM (Second half of 1800s - 1950)


In a period, music was dominated by men,

Kevser hanım said “I am also here”, in one of the most challenging fields. She was a composer and was a master of piano and violin. On the 1st January 1917, she started working as a music teacher at the Dârülelhan (The House of Melodies) Music School, which was the first official conservatory of the Ottoman Empire. She was one of the first violin teachers of the school.


MUZAFFER İlKAR (1910 - 1987)


Muzaffer İlkar was a Turkish composer. In the years 1955 - 1975, he led the Music Depatment at Ankara Radio.


MUSA EROĞLU (b1944)


Musa Eroğlu was born in the Mut county district of Mersin. He completed his secondary education in Mut. He then started to perform Turkish folk dance and music.


SANTURİ ETHEM EFENDİ (1855 - 1926)


Ethem Éfendi is known as one of the best Santur virtuoso in Turkish music history. He has close to 400 compositions in various forms of Turkish music including songs.


SELAHATTİNALTINBAŞ (1938 - 2003)


Selahattin Altınbaş is a Turkish music composer and ud virtuoso. He comes from a well known musical family. He started music with violin at the age of 8 and followed with accordion later. In 1966 he started working at Ankara Radio as Ud musician. In 1977 his composition “Duydum ki unutmuşsun gözlerimin rengini" won the Most liked Song of the Year award. He had more than 50 compositions.


İSMET SAATÇİ (b1937)


İsmet Saatçi comes from a musical faniily. His grandfather, father and uncle were well known Kanun and Violin virtuosos. He started music at a very early age. He received his music education at İstanbul Municipal Conservatory and worked in Ankara and İstanbul Radios.


SULTAN ABDÜLAZİZ (1830 - 1876)


Sultan Abdülaziz, 32md Sultan of Ottoman Empire, was the first Ottoman Sultan visited Western Europe. He was made the 756th Knight of the Order of the Gorter in 1867 by Queen Victoria and was a fine diplomat, cultivating good relations with the Second French Empire and the British Empire.

He was a connoisseur of both literature and music, known as a talented composer.


YESARİ ASIM ERSOY (1896 - 1992)


Asım Ersoy started his compositions in 1930s, during the Turkish Republic Period. He wrote his own lyrics. He has more than 250 compositions.




 

One World Day 2022 Turkish Art and Folk Music - Concert Musicians


Mehmet Gencer - Vocalist

Mehmet Gençer is a vocalist from Turkiye. He started singing popular Turkish Art songs at the age of four under the coaching of his father, Mustafa Gençer, who was a musician himself as a recognized vocalist and mandolin player. Mehmet in his teenage years started solo singing engagements in Izmir, Turkiye as he was pursuing his Chemical Engineering education. While in college in 1971 and 1972, Mehmet took “makam” and “usul” lessons in Turkish Art Music in Izmir American Cultural Association (IAKD). His teachers were Dr. Ayhan Sökmen, composer and Director of Turkish Art Music in IAKD and Avni Anıl, a prominent and one of the most prolific Turkish Art Music composers in the 20th century. Avni Anıl was also the Director of Turkish Art Music Department in Turkish State Radio in Izmir at the time. Mehmet sang for Dr. Ayhan Sökmen's choir at IAKD. After moving to Philadelphia, USA for his graduate studies in Chemical Engineering, Mehmet continued singing in venues in many states neighboring Philadelphia. He participated in several International folk festivals including Village Fair in Independence Mall, Philadelphia for the celebration of Bicentennial of Constitution, National Folk Festival in Cuyahoga Valley and Middfest International. In Cleveland (1985-1990), Mehmet sang with Cleveland Institue of Music choir. Over the years Mehmet has also toured several major cities for concerts including Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Montréal, Detroit, Washington DC, Denver, Kansas City and Cincinnati.

Maude Cloutier – Violinist

French Canadian violinist Maude Cloutier (born 2003), originally from Montreal, began playing violin at age four, and five years later was concertmaster of the Montreal Suzuki String Orchestra. She has won numerous competitions across the United States, subsequently making her solo debut with orchestra at age 13 performing with the Indianapolis Youth Orchestra. She has also performed with the Suburban Symphony Orchestra, Lakeland Symphony Orchestra, and the Indiana University Informatics Philharmonic. In the 2018 Canadian Music Competition, she won Third Place and was awarded a scholarship for receiving the best score in Quebec during the National Audition. She was also a semi-finalist of the 2019 OSM Competition, presented by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.


Maude recently graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music’s coveted Young Artist Program, where she studied with Jan Mark Sloman and Jaime Laredo as the recipient of a full merit scholarship from the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation. This fall, she will continue her studies at CIM as a full scholarship student in the Artist Certificate program. She is also violinist in the Prometheus Trio with cellist Martha Sprague and pianist Arseniy Gusev, which was accepted in CIM’s Advanced Piano Trio Program in May 2021. This summer, she will take part in the Orford Music Academy studying with Cho-Liang Lin and Mauricio Fuks as a merit scholarship student, and will return to the Heifetz International Music Institute studying with Jan Mark Sloman as the recipient of a generous merit award. She has performed for many renowned violinists and pedagogues such as Philip Setzer, Paul Kantor, Henryk Kowalski, Jinjoo Cho, Tessa Lark, Keith Robinson, Robert Cohen, Daniel Shapiro, and Mauricio Fuks, who has been an important mentor. She has shared the stage with artists such as Elizabeth Wallfisch, Kent Nagano, JoAnn Falletta, musicians of the Montreal and Indianapolis symphony orchestras as well as The Cleveland Orchestra and has also performed in recital with Grammy-winning pianist Cory Smythe. Her performances have been featured on the Heifetz Rubato Virtual Concert Hall, The Violin Channel, TVA Nouvelles, and Rhythme FM. She has also studied orchestral conducting with Miguel Harth-Bedoya, as well as piano and composition. In her free time, Maude enjoys performing with her sisters as part of the Cloutier Trio, is an avid alpine ski racer, takes part in intensive aikido training, and enjoys spending time in nature, reading, and listening to classical music.


After playing a Giuseppe Guadagnini violin for more than one year, Maude is very grateful to be playing a 1787 Julius Lombardi violin graciously loaned to her by Kenneth Warren & Son Ltd. in Chicago. She plays a fine bow made by renowned modern bow maker Charles Espey which was purchased for her by an anonymous donor. She is also generously supported by the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation. For more information, please visit www.maudecloutier.com.



Brendon Phelps – Cello

Brendon Phelps is forging a path as an engaging cellist and collaborator, characterized by his sense of individuality, depth of expression, and expansive palette of color. His playing has been described by The Strad as “...rich but clear sound and beautiful shaping and leading.”


As a collaborator, recent notable highlights include performing the Mendelssohn Octet with the Shanghai Quartet at the Tilles Center, as well as his Carnegie Hall debut, premiering string quartet commission from composer Anthony Vine. International concerts have included North and South America as well as Europe in venues such as Casa de la Musica in Quito, Ecuador and the International Mendelssohn Festival in Hamburg, Germany. Other recitals have included Princetown University, Boston Conservatory, Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance in Nova Scotia, Marilyn Horne Museum, and the Boston Early Music Festival.


Phelps coached chamber music as part of a one-year residency at Shenandoah Conservatory. He also taught and performed at the Interlochen Academy as a chamber music teaching fellow. He maintains a fully online cello studio with students throughout the US and international. A firm believer in outreach, he has frequently visited grade- schools to introduce young students to string instruments, present classical music in an engaging manner, and work with the school’s orchestra programs.


Phelps has received his Bachelors and Masters in music from the University of Akron and the Cleveland Institute of Music, respectively. He also received an Early Music Performance Certificate from Case Western University and an Artists Diploma and string quartet fellowship from the Shanghai Quartet at Montclair State University. His primary teachers were Melissa Kraut and Nick Tzavaras.


When not playing the cello, Phelps likes to pursue many other artistic outlets. Once a week, as a self-proclaimed pizzaiolo, he can be found working on his pizza dough. He also really enjoys painting as a way to experience artistic expression in a different medium.


Henry Samuels – Double Bass

Henry Samuels is a double bass player and music teacher living in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He has performed with orchestras in great halls across the world including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Musikverien in Vienna, and Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan Hall. As a Cleveland resident, Henry performs regularly with the Akron Symphony, as well as with the Bluewater Chamber Orchestra, and other regional orchestras.

Henry is also an active teacher in the Cleveland area. He currently teaches a handful of private students, and is the bass instructor for the Avon School of Music, and Strongsville School of Music. In addition, Henry is the double bass sectional coach for the orchestras at Shaker Heights High School, Avon High School, and Strongsville High School. He recently obtained his Suzuki Book I Teacher Certification under the instruction of Daniel Swaim, and plans to develop his presence as a Suzuki bass instructor in Cleveland.


Henry enjoys adapting repertoire for the double bass. He has performed many violin and cello works for the bass including select Bach Cello Suites, Paganini’s “Moses” Variations, Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata, and Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 3.


He has recently been exploring an interest in klezmer music, and plays bass with Steven Greenman and the Case University Klezmer Ensemble. Henry has performed in klezmer concerts at venues such as the Maltz Performing Arts Center, Jekyll’s Kitchen, and the Euclid Tavern.



Vocalists:

Faruk and Ayla are very accomplished well recognized vocalists in Turkish Art and Folk music within the Turkish American community.


We are fortunate that they create the time to share their tremendous music and beautiful voices with us while they are extremely busy and successful in their line of professional work.


 














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