FOLK AND JAZZ MUSIC

16th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival

Athens Jazz Festival 2016

The enchanting sounds of Turkish folk music through jazz improvisations of Erkan Oğur and the Telvin trio will be closing concert of the 16th Jazz Festival at the Technopolis on Sunday, 29 May at 23:00.

Turkey’s participation in the Athens Jazz Festival constitutes an initiative undertaken by the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office, which aims to promote the cultural heritage of Turkey by supporting significant cultural events.

A few words about Erkan Oğur

“Since he needed detailed sounds in order to obtain Turkish melodies, Erkan Oğur modified his guitar, inventing the fretless classical guitar in 1976.”

Erkan Oğur was born in Ankara and as a child he became interested in violin and the Turkish bağlama, practicing the instruments frequently. He later studied physics in Ankara and Munich and in 1973, he started playing the guitar and chose to be a musician. In 1989 he went to the U.S. to work with local Blues artists, introducing fretless guitar into Blues. He has released albums in Germany and Turkey, he has given concerts and participated in numerous festivals and he composed the music for the films Eşkıya and Yazı Tura. Oğur is a member of the Telvin trio, which mainly performs Turkish folk music in improvised jazz style. Their album Telvin was released in 2006.