Artist profiles: Tamer Pinarbasi

Tamer Pinarbasi

Tamer Pinarbasi was born in Karaman, Turkey in 1970. He attended the Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory of Turkish Music, where he developed his own technique for playing the kanun (zither). Instead of using msrabs (plectrums) on each pointer finger, he plays with his fingernails, a technique that allows him to use all ten of his fingers while playing.

Combining this technique with his knowledge of makam (Turkish modal system) and western harmony, Mr. Pinarbasi has become one of the world’s leading kanun masters.

He has appeared on numerous recordings with the top singers of Turkey, and has performed solo concerts throughout Europe.

Mr. Pinarbasi relocated to the United States in 1984 and lives and teaches in New York City.

He has performed as a featured instrumentalist and composer in the New York Gypsy Allstars Band that also features clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski.


Romantech (Traditional Crossroads, 2011)
Dromomania (New York Gypsy All-Stars, 2015)

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Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.


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