Meskhane weave oriental melodies from traditional Turkish music with elements of jazz and classical music. The group comprises 4 musicians, each from a different country, who met while living in Istanbul.

In fact most of the group still live there soaking up the Istanbul vibe and to further their musical passion. The group gives a storming performance which always leaves audiences asking for more.

 

Next concerts

8 - 15 August @ Edinburgh Fringe (8 Concerts!)

The show runs every night from 8 – 15 August in the C Royale Studio 2 Venue on the the corner of George Street and Hanover Street and starts at 10.35pm

 

9th September @ Festival Awaranda, Iguerande, France


Past concerts[ + ]


 

Videos in live


Some recordings



About us

Over the last few years Meskhane have played some important stages and prestigious festivals in Europe including Balka Barna in Barcelona and on several Bulgarian TV channels before playing the well known Studio 1 of the Bulgarian National Radio. The group has toured Europe many times while the individual members are busy with other successful projects which leaves only 8 days in August to play at the Fringe.

Meşkhane is a group of three musicians who share a common love for and interest in Turkish and oriental music. They met on a beautiful island in the Bosphorus and found that their music matched instantly. They had the same interest for Turkish and oriental music which is music they continue to learn. Between the variety of popular rhythms, the rigor of Ottoman classical music and the mysteries of makams, their playing flows through many different moods. It latches on to themes, expressing and following sections of the music in interesting ways. This style of music is never totally fixed. It is always alive.

Their repertoir consists mostly of classical Turkish pieces and gypsy dancing tunes using saxophone, kanun, darbuka and other percussion. They are all in the oriental modes, similar to the western scales, called "makam". In general terms makam is a set of scales(tetrachord/pentachord), called çeşni (flavours), combined with the seyir, which is the behavior of melodic development (ascending or descending). The main difference between western and makam music is that the makams are entirely melodic, excluding harmony and chords. The only inportance is the interval between the notes not the pitch itself.

The majority of the pieces were written in Ottoman time, mostly by old masters (usta) and performed on traditional instruments like oud, kanun, ney, tanbur, kemenche (lira).

Contacts


contact@meskhane.eu

// (+033) 685117304 (Yann - France)

// (+090) 5349717497 (Stuart - Istanbul/Scotland)