An obsolete instrument from the 17th century onwards, the çeng is a tiny mediaval lap-harp which proliferated in the Middle East. Çengnağme (The Song of the Çeng) is an attempt to present the various areas  of use one could envision for the çeng today. While the album lets the sound of the çeng be heard by itself, it also pairs it up with its geaographical relatives such as the ney, the kemençe, the tanbur, the luth, kudüm and bendir and combines it with vocals. The music performed ranges from the distant past to the present time. There are old works, new ones and taksims to intertwine them. Produced by Bora Uymaz, a very fine composer and singer of Turkish music, some of the wonderful musicians featured on the CD are Murat Aydemir (tanbur), Yavuz Akalın (ney), Derya Türkan (kemençe).

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Çengnağme

An obsolete instrument from the 17th century onwards, the çeng is a tiny mediaval lap-harp resurrected from its ashes in my ninth album…