Artist profiles: Incesaz

Incesaz’s music has the full taste of the classical. The “makam” (the melodic texture) and “usül” (traditional rhythmic patterns) the instruments style and the way they are elaborated — this music stands on solid historical ground. All these aspects show that Incesaz’s music sounds very modern compared to the classical. The music is polyphonic (classical Turkish music is monodic) and arranged (the classical is not). Instruments from outside the Turkish classical tradition are used such as guitar bass violoncello and piano. Overall this music has a contemporary sound. This new approach earned unprecedented praise from the industry and the critics. It has even been suggested that Incesaz should be regarded as the creator of a new Turkish musical genre.

Incesaz traces its roots to their time at the Istanbul State Conservatory. The group’s founders Murat Aydemir and Derya Türkan have been playing together ever since as a duo or within many other ensembles they gave countless concerts and released an album “Ahenk” (Harmony) in 1996. The same year they met Cengiz Onural from the group Yeni Türkü soon thereafter he left that group and Incesaz started. This trio has been the kernel of the group.

In 1997 the percussion player Mahinur Özüstün and the kanun player Taner Sayacýoðlu joined and Incesaz started recording its first album “Eski Nisan” (Aged April) which was released in 1999. All the while they have been writing and performing music for films and television including the celebrated series: “Ikinci Bahar / Second Spring”. Incesaz released its third album in January 22 which contains eight songs plus various instrumental pieces. The songs are sung by one of Turkey’s most beautiful female voices Melihat Gülses.


Eski Nisan / the Aged April (1999)

Ikinci Bahar / the Second Spring (2000)

Eylul Sarkilari / Songs of September (2002)

Istanbul’a Dair / About Istanbul (2004)

Mazi Kalbimde / Cherishing Bygone Days (2005)

Kalbimdeki Deniz (2011)

Author: Angel Romero

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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