Ismail Hakki Fencioglu & Shtreiml

Sunday, December 14, 2014
7:30 p.m.
170 Beacon Street, Boston
Reception following the concert

Concert - Sounds of Anatolia


İsmail Hakkı Fencioğlu, oud
Jason Rosenblatt, piano & harmonica
Rachel Lemisch, trombone
Thierry Arsenault, drums
Joel Kerr, bass

Enchanting and ornate - Oud player and vocalist Ismail Fencioglu is a true master of Turkish music. He's a rare talent whose soaring vocals and fleet fingered oud playing conjure images of the Bosphorus at sunset and truly transport the listener to a different time and place.

Composer, pianist and harmonicist Jason Rosenblatt is one of the world's premier harmonica players, disciple of Howard Levy, and an innovative composer whose accomplishments have been recognized by Canada Council for the Arts.

Founded in 2002, Montreal/Philly-based Shtreiml, led by Jason Rosenblatt, offers a high-octane mix of not-so-traditional Eastern-European Jewish and Turkish music, firmly rooted in the Jewish and Ottoman traditions, but brimming with hard rock sensibilities and dextrous improvisational know-how.

Shtreiml's latest album entitled Eastern Hora is a compelling program of all-original music performed in collaboration with Istanbul native Ismail Fencioglu.


İsmail Hakkı FENCİOĞLU

Vocalist and oud player İsmail Hakkı Fencioğlu studied at the State Conservatory of Istanbul Technical University in the department of chant and specialized in the classical Turkish music singing techniques under Alaeddin Yavaşça, Bekir Sıdkı Sezgin and Tülin Yakarçelik.

While still a student, he gave many performances on Turkish television. He reached vast audiences with his performances in the "Cassette Anthology" and "Unforgettable Composers" series. He was one of the members of the State Clasical Turkish Music Chorus which was conducted by Nevzat Atlığ.

After earning his Bachelor's degree from the Conservatory he began working as an arranger and composer in various recording studios.

İsmail Hakkı Fencioğlu moved to Canada in 2001 and is presently conductor of Montreal Turkish Music Chorus and the Ottawa Turkish Music Chorus. In addition to working with Canadian artists Berrenna Maccrimmon, Jason Rosenblatt and with his own band Marmara, he performs regularly with his two choruses. A most recent highlight was his performance with the master Turkish musician, Erkan Oğur at Montreal's Festival Du Monde Arabe.

In addition to his career as a performer and conductor, İsmail Hakkı Fencioğlu is also an instrument builder and has crafted more than 70 beautiful instruments over the past 10 years.