Necati Celik / California Concerts
Born in 1955 in the province of Konya, home of the Mevlevi order, Necati Celik learned to play the baglama, a folkloric long-necked lute at age of 7. The early 1970’s marked the beginning of his acquaintance with the oud, and in 1973, he participated in the Mevlevi rituals of Konya as an oud player for the first time ever. Here, he met some of Turkey's foremost oud masters, who contributed to the development of his command over this instrument.
Having experienced difficulty in obtaining quality instruction while learning how to play the oud, Mr. Celik decided to establish his own private school of music in 1975 in Konya, where he taught oud to hundreds of students.
In 1983, he founded the Konya Municipal Turkish Choir. Two years later he became an oud instructor in the Music Department in Konya’s Seljuk University, where he remained for a year. In 1986, he became an oud artist in the Turkish Ministry of Culture’s State Classical Music Ensemble, and at the same time, taught oud at the State Conservatory of Aegean University.
In 1987, he gave 8 concerts in Tunisia. 1989 was the year when Celik joined the Istanbul State Classical Turkish Music Ensemble. He also became the primary oud artist of the Necdet Yashar Ensemble, with whom he performed on a monthly basis in Istanbul and in many provinces of Turkey.
Celik is a frequent guest on Turkish national television and radio programs, and he has performed in universities of France, the Netherlands,Germany, Switzerland, Tunisia, Morocco, Malaysia, Canada, and the U.S.A. Acting on the invitation received in 1993, he journeyed to the U.S. for solo performances. Since then he has given oud lessons and recitals every year in California and New Mexico, and teaches and performs every August at the Middle East Music Camp held in Mendocino, California. In 1997, he was invited to participate in a workshop at the University of Israel in Jerusalem, where he taught oud and Turkish classical music. At the end of workshop, Mr. Celik gave two concerts with his students.
Necati Celik is married, has two children, and is currently an active member of the Ministry of Culture's State Classical Turkish Music Ensemble in Istanbul.
August 14, 1999 Saturday 8pm
September 3, 1999 Friday
September 4, 1999 Saturday
September 10, 1999 Friday, 8pm, House
September 11, 1999 Saturday
For more information on these concerts: 1-925-930-7184