The twentieth anniversary celebration of the Oud Festival will open with an encounter between Omar Faruk Tekbilek, one of the most loved guests in the festival’s history, with the producer who launched his international career, guitarist Brian Keane. They will be hosting Zara, the Turkish vocalist-actress of Kurdish origin.
Tekbilek and Keane have been working together for thirty years, since Keane produced Tekbilek’s first album “Suleyman the Magnificent.” The album’s success was the beginning of Tekbilek’s career as an influential world music artist and Keane’s as a successful producer. They subsequently recorded seven albums, though over the years they seldom performed together on stage.
Tekbilek has worked with Ofra Haza, Yasmin Levy and Tomatito, always emphasizing in his performances the power of music to unite peoples, regardless of political boundaries. Keane has appeared with Paco de Lucia and Bobby McFerrin, has recorded over 400 soundtracks, has produced more than 150 albums and is the recipient of countless awards for his compositions.
Omar Faruk Tekbilek, ney, vocals, baglama, zurna; Brian Keane, guitar; Bahadir Şener, kanun;Yannis Dimitriadis, piano, keyboard; Chris Wabish, drums, percussion; Murat Tekbilek, percussion; Kutay Özkan, baglama; Ofer Ziv, Gate Productions, management and production; Gadi Reik, sound technician
Guest vocalist: Zara
Omar Faruk Tekbilek with Brian Keane. photo: KVON
ZARA. photo: Ayşegül Erbek