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Cenk Erdoğan - Ara Nağme

Ara Nağme

Cenk Erdoğan feat. Adem Gülşen

Composer and guitar player Cenk Erdoğan's new album is out !
This time Cenk Erdogan composed his music for "Bowed Tanbour" which is one of the most important instruments of Classical Turkish Music.
With the collaboration of Adem Gülşen who is a unique piano player in the jazz scene of Turkey,
"Ara Nağme" finds its soul and expression.
Album mixed by Cenk Erdoğan and Mastered by Doruk Okuyucu.
Album cover designed by Anıl Sam


Born in Istanbul in 1979. In 1997 he won a four-year scholarship at İstanbul Bilgi University Music (Composition) Department. 
In 2001 he graduated with a First Class Honours from the music Department. In October 2004, upon the invitation of David “FUZE” Fiuczynski, he held a workshop at the Berklee College Of Music on fretless guitar and modes in Turkish music.  
In 2008 he recorded his first album “İLE”, which was produced by Sinan Sakızlı within Baykuş Music. The same year, with “Aria” soundtrack company, he composed and arranged the soundtrack for the movie “Issız Adam”, which is written and directed by Çağan Irmak, and he won Yeşilçam “Soundtrack of the Year 2009” prize. 
In 2009 Cenk Erdoğan Trio feat. Tineke Postma played in the 16th İstanbul Jazz Festival and 19th Akbank Jazz festival. The same year, he played with Yinon Muallem ensemble in “Karawane 2009” festival, organized in Bochum.  
Also the same year, he played and record the “Çark” album with the trio he formed with Nihan Devecioğlu and Adam Matta in Zaltsburg Music Fest, Bayreuth Young Artists Fest, and Bonn Summer Fest. 
In 2010 he played in “Turkophony all stars” band with Trilok Gurtu and Doninique di Piazza.In 2011 he played in “Turkophony all stars” band with Dave Weckl,Kai Eckhardt,Eric levy.
In 2011 he records his second album “Kavis” (Arc) in San Francisco with legendary bass player Kai Eckhardth and Jason Lewis and this album sponsored by producer Ron Scudder and relased by the Berkeley Jazz School Records.
2014 he made the first educational web site for fretless guitar playing www.fretlessguitarlessons.com and start to teach Turkish way of playing fretless guitar, playing techniques…
2014 he released his last record “KaraKutu” which was played solo with all acoustic guitars ( fretless and fretted)  
2015 he won the competition which was arrange by “Vestel” company. And compose the ringtones and soundscapes for the very first smart phone “VENÜS” made by Vestel Company. 
2016 he joined the “Rachmaninov Anatolian Project” which was played by Guldiyar Tanridağlı (pn) and Ertan Tekin (duduk).This album relased from KALAN music.
2016 He conducts the diva of turkish pop music “Sezen Aksu” s latest project “Sezenli Yıllar” .On this project he work as a musical director and he corparate with producers Mustafa Oğuz,Cüneyt Özdemir and choreographer Zeynep Tanbay.
2017 He released the new project called “Lahza” with sweedish drummer Mehmet İkiz. Duo played many festival all around europe.
He released his solo album "Fermata" in 2018. Trying to reveal his identity as a composer and producer in this album, the artist recorded the music he wrote with the aim of advancing the boundaries of the fretless guitar.
In 2019, he was invited to the International Guitar Night project and toured Europe and America with 50 concerts with Luca Satricagnoli, Antoine Boyer and Samuelito.
Invited for the 2nd time to the International Guitar Night 2O'th Aniversary tour in 2020, the artist completed a 33-concert American tour with Mike Dawes, Jim Kimo West and Olli Soikkeli.
In 2021, he released the album "I'm still searching". In the same year, he was awarded the "Best platform TV soundtrack" award at the Izmir International Film and Music Festival, with the generic he made for the Yeşilçam TV series.
He got the Grammy in the category of Best NewAge Album in 2021 with Jim Kimo West’s More Guitar Stories album as a feat. Artist 
He still works as a producer, composer and arranges music for television series and soundtracks and gives concerts with Cenk Erdoğan Trio and also “Solo”  

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2020 he got the Grammy Award as a feat. Artist with his collaboration with Jim Kimo West. Under the category of “Best New Age Album” 

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Rachmaninov Anatolian Project

Cenk Erdoğan, Ertan Tekin and Sergey Rahmaninov

New Soundtrack Composed By
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Çocuklar Sana Emanet By Çağan Irmak

Cenk Erdogan plays Baritone Fretless Acoustic Guitar

Hello to all
Here is an imporivsation with the first Bartione Fretless Acoustic Guitar build by Turkish Luthier Can Oral (www.canoralguitars.com) . It's my first touch to the baritone fretless guitar ,it sounds very rich and full of harmoınics and its magical . I believe every guitar has it's own music and here is an example of that. I am very happy to have a guitar like this thanks a lot to my luthier Can Oral for this amazing instrument . And special thanks to Anıl Sam for the great framing and shooting

Cenk Erdogan Plays Marchione Fretless Electric Guitar

I played an improvisation with my custom made Marchione 59 burst Fretless Guitar. The guitar is very balanced and has a full of sustain. All neck is vibrating and it allows you to play with less afford. On this video i am using kemper profiler amp , strymon timeline delay and Ehx super ego pedals.


by cenk erdoğan

"Lahza" Album Teaser

by cenk erdoğan & ikiz


by Tanju Okan


Feat. İsmail Tunçbilek music by Cenk Erdoğan



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