April 27, 2021

Love at first sound

Video and music channels play new songs over and over again because we usually get to like a music piece after frequently listening to it. But I “fall in love” with some songs the first time I hear them. Examples? – Zürich, Switzerland 1988. I turned on the TV in my hotel room to check […]

March 23, 2021

HERITAGE, Part 5/5 – The Delivery

After receiving my scores, Anjelika Akbar agreed to be my consultant. It took me about 6 months to play the 8 piano pieces of the project, at a quality level that was worth to be recorded. I don’t know how many sleepless nights I had during those 6 months. It should not be forgotten that […]

March 3, 2021

HERITAGE, Chapter 4/5 – Recital

Sitting at that white grand piano, I realized that my past experiences in business life were not very helpful to me. It also didn’t matter much that I have studied those 8 pieces over and over. Anjelika Akbar sat on a chair next to the piano. My drama made itself visible right in the middle […]

February 1, 2021

HERITAGE, Part 3/5 – The Letter

Writing the letter to Anjelika Akbar took approximately 1 month. In the beginning it was not even clear to whom it would be written. I had decided to work with a consultant for the piano pieces, but I didn’t know how and with whom. Two of my friends, who were concert pianists, came to my […]

December 29, 2020

HERITAGE, Part 2/5 – Untold Stories

As I do with every project, I gave a name to it: “Untold Stories” with a secondary title “To my son Emre …”. As to its content: – A 15 track CD – An introductory piece to be played on piano (one of 8 selected) – The remaining 7 tracks to be played twice each […]

December 8, 2020

HERITAGE, Part 1/5 – Anjelika Akbar *

I was traveling. The phone rang. “I’m Anjelika Akbar, you sent me a letter.” I had to be a little late in responding to the voice at my ear. “Hello?” she said again. I gathered myself and said “Yes, yes … I sent that letter.” She hung up after receiving my confirmation saying, “I am […]

November 18, 2020

Melody or lyrics first?

In 2004 my son had built a website, a platform where worldwide events about global warming could be announced. We also had the idea to produce a song, which could be shared by all people who were interested in environmental issues. I had an order. ☺ There is no established rule in which sequence words […]

October 27, 2020

Music & Mathematics

Pythagoras was also known for saying, “There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres,” Beyond the basic uses of mathematics in music theory and notation (such as chords, time signatures), it is said that music has also been the source of research in many areas […]

October 7, 2020

Composers & Performers

Sometimes, after listening to a music piece at a concert, for a second or two I imagine myself as one of the musicians I’ve just seen performing – knowing I would never be able to play an instrument as good as they do. However, it is not that easy to imagine yourself as the composer […]

September 23, 2020

Looking for a third singer in Barcelona

It was sometime in 2012. My son, Emre, and I had written a book, “song by song”. It was a fiction in English with a CD. The music in the CD was reflecting the feelings of the characters since the written part of the book was only of descriptive nature. We wanted to try something […]