R. Hakan Talu
researcher, author, Refik Hakan Talu was born in 1960 in Istanbul. He
graduated from the Department of Turkish Music at the Istanbul Technical
University, State Music Conservatory in 1984 with honors and later he
also earned his Masters Degree, again with honors, in 1985. His graduation
thesis topics were 19th century Ottoman music and tanbur method.
Strong believer in being specialized in music, he focused his studies
and started to make his researches on Classical, Mystical (Sufi) Turkish
and Mevlevi music since his school years.
Besides his conservatory education, he learned Mevlevi tradition and music
from prominent names of the times like Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi’s
21st generation grandson; Celaleddin Celebi, last sheikh of Bahariye Mevlevi
Lodge; Selman Tüzün Dede, last head of whirling dervishes of
Yenikapi Mevlevi Lodge; Ahmet Bican, and Neyzenbasi; Dogan Ergin.
Mr. Talu has performed in many cultural and arts centers, renowned universities,
and major cities in the United States and throughout the world. In the
course of his twenty year career, as a musician, consultant and Music
Director, he has performed in more than 200 Turkish Sufi and classical
music concerts and Sema ceremonies, as well as recording sessions. The
group he has formed with his friends in 1994 took the name Istanbul Music
and Sema Group in 1999.
A renowned tanbur player, Mr. Talu has a deep knowledge not only of musical
performance but also musicology. He has also written and collaborated
widely, conducts workshops and gives lectures.
Talu’s first book, Ask ile (With Love), was published in 2002 by
Pan Publishing. It is a reference book, with 2 companion CDs, covering
all forms of Turkish liturgical music, both in Turkish and English.
His new book, "Mevlevi Günlügü (Mevlevi Diary),"
covering many different subjects about Mevlana traditions and information
about the Mevlevi lodges in Istanbul will be published in 2004. The book
will also include 3 CDs presenting examples of Mevlevi music.
Mr. Talu has taught tanbur as a faculty member 11 years from 1985 to1996
at the Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory, Turkish Music
Department. He is currently an artist for T.R.T (Turkish State Radio and
Television) as a specialist in tanbur since 1985. He is also a member
of DemBuDem Ensemble