‘It’s the energy and urgency of Forabandit that impresses the most. There’s an unstoppable drive about these songs, performed by Occitan troubadour Sam Karpienia from Marseille and Turkish asik singer Ulas Özdemir from Istanbul. With the ubiquitous Iranian percussionist Bijan Chemirani, they bring together outsider songs from East and West. This is their second album and it makes Forabandit seem more than an intriguing idea – no less than a dynamic pan-Mediterranean force. It mirrors the idea of a common Mediterranean culture, as explored by Marseille’s new Villa Méditerranée museum.
All the words are translated in the liner notes, but there’s a fizzing quality to these songs, accompanied by strummed and plucked strings that make them compelling whether you can understand the words or not. Composed by Karpienia and Özdemir, ‘Nemidoonem’ and ‘Liman’ are songs about ports; ‘Tafori’ is about an oil tanker; and ‘Mum Olduk’ has a Sufi -like mystical quality. But boosting the songs, it’s the taut string accompaniments on Turkish saz (lute) and mandocello and the dynamic percussion thatmakes this trio a very exportable proposition.’
‘Ahmet Sönmezler is the only Assistant Professor Doctor of guitar in the history of North Cyprus. Assist. Prof. Dr. Sönmezler was born in 1983 and became acquainted with the classical music at the age of five and began to play classical guitar professionally at the age of seventeen. He gave concerts at the Kammermusik Festival and Summer Academy in Austria, at the Cortona Contemporary Music Festival in Italy, at the SoundSCAPE Festival in Italy, at the 2nd Tucson Spanish and Flamenco Festival in USA, at the 1st Tucson International Guitar Festival in USA, at the 17th International North Cyprus Bellapais Music Festival in Cyprus, the gala concert at the Nicosia Old Town Classical, Jazz and World Music Festival 2013 in Cyprus and at the Middle East Technical University and Anatolian University National Conservatory in Turkey.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Ahmet Sönmezler was one of the organizers of the First International Tucson Guitar Festival held at the University of Arizona School of Music in November 2009. He was the member of Tucson Guitar Society’s guitar orchestra for 3 years.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Sönmezler has given the world premieres of the works of many composers including Mark Zanter «Character Pieces for Guitar», Luca Vanneschi «Quattro Piccolli Pezzi Blu», and David S. Lefkowitz «(Sur-)Real (Cine-) Music I: The Chase Through Escher’s Metamorphosen.» Famous American composer John A. Carollo dedicated a solo classical guitar piece to Assist. Prof. Dr. Sönmezler called “Fantasia and semi-Passacaglia for guitar.” Assist. Prof. Dr. Sönmezler has performed for renowned Classical Guitar artists including Armin Egger, Massimo delle Cese, Philipe Villa, Mauricio Carrasco, Rafael Aguirre, Lukasz Kuropaczewski, David Tanenbaum, Paul Galbraith, Eduardo Fernandez, Sergio Assad, Odair Assad, David Russell and Manuel Barrueco.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Ahmet Sönmezler earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastern Mediterranean University in Guitar performance in the first place with High-Honors, a Master of Music Degree in Guitar performance from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Guitar performance with 4.00 cumulative GPA from the University of Arizona School of Music. Asist Prof. Dr. Sönmezler studied with Bruce Saunders, Rick Peckham, Robin Stone, Scotty Johnson and with the world-renowned guitar virtuoso Steve Vai at Berklee College of Music and completed Steve Vai Guitar specialist certificate. He is a member of the Mu Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Phi Gamma Chapter, Peabody Conservatory and a guitar artist of Price Rubin and Partners Management from Los Angeles, USA.
Assit. Prof. Dr. Ahmet Sönmezler resides in North Cyprus where he worked as a guitar instructor at the Near East University, Eastern Mediterranean University and at the Yamaha Music School. Currently, he is the chair of the Music Teaching Department at Girne American University. ‘
‘Ahmet Sonmez’s debut album Koyunbaba, Itunes Music label and the EC offered for sale in many digital media such as Spotify also met with music lovers all over the world simultaneously.
Ahmet Sönmezler, long anticipated debut album, as well as very famous work in which the name of the album Koyunbaba well as important works of voices belonging to different periods and styles of classical guitar repertoire.
Carlo Domeniconi, Sergei Rudnev, Joao Pernambuco, Konstantin Vassiliev, Johann Anton Logy Heitor Villa-Lobos as composer to the place that gives guitarists, Katibim-Üsküdar expenses with Whilst editing and Long and winding road brings a touch of virtuoso guitar parts we are familiar with the variations. Girne American University Department of Music Education Assist the president. Assoc. Dr. Ahmet Sönmezler, stated that the album offers the listener the power and tone of the wall of Northern Cyprus, without compromising the essence, the soul opens up to the world once again surpassing the islanders.
Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, master’s degree in music after finishing first in the Eastern Mediterranean University Music Department; University of Arizona Ahmet Sonmez completed doctoral degree in the School of Music, at the famous Berklee School of Music Steve Vai was awarded the Specialist certification. müzikkariyer strengthen the academic success began with the numerous concert and festival performances, Ahmet Sonmez, not only in Cyprus;corner of the world has caught the attention of many in the music environment. Kammermusik Festival and Summer Academy in Austria, Italy cortonacontemporary Music Festival and the Soundscape Festival in the United States Tucson Spanish and Flamenco Festival, and has performed at the Second International Tucson Guitar Festival. Sonmez, USA Full Bright Cyprus Violin and Guitar Duo established by the Commission in Cyprus also gave many concerts in the formation.
Asst. Assoc. Dr. Sönmez, Mark zantern the Character Pieces for Guitar, Luca Vanneschi Quattro Piccoll the Pezzi Blu and David S. Lefkowitz’s (sur-) Real (Cine-) Music I: The Chase Through Escher’s Metamorphosen has works of one of the first announced artists to the world .
Famous American composer John A. Carollo, Fantasia and semi-Passacaglia for solo guitar has been composing classical guitar work of Ahmet Sonmez addressed. Asst. Assoc. Dr. Sonmez has done masterclasses with many world-renowned guitar artists. Some of these artists Rafael Aguirre, Lukasz Kuropaczews that David Tanenbaum, Paul Galbraith, Eduardo Fernandez, Sergio Assad, Odair Assad is David Russell and Manuel Barrueco.
Sonmez is the face of global brands such as brand Suhr and Hannabach.’
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