Ara Dinkjian Songbook, The

Burcu Yildiz (Editor) Ara Dinkjian (Composer)
(ISBN: 978-6257460194)
Aras (Publisher)
2023 Istanbul
251 pages
Size: 9 1/2" x 8 3/4"
Language(s): English, Turkish

Ara Dinkjian has gained a place in the hearts of Turkish and Greek audiences through his work with popular vocalists like Sezen Aksu and Eleftheria Arvanitaki; in Israel, he has composed music for sacred texts as well as popular songs. With his quartet Night Ark, he significantly contributed to the avant-garde projects on the American and World Music scene. Reading the life story of this renowned composer and oudist is sure to be a delightful experience. The Ara Dinkjian Songbook is a Turkish-English bilingual book composed of more than eighty lead sheets of Ara Dinkjian’s colorful career, who considered one of the finest oudists in the world with a unique personal style, performed in twenty-four countries and whose songs have been translated by world-famous musicians into sixteen languages. From “Ağladıkça” to “Sarışın” from “Vazgeçtim” to “Yine Mi Çiçek” the book includes many “hits” that have left their mark in the memories and hearts of the people in Turkey. With the help of a photographic “musical life story” of the artist written by musicologist Burcu Yıldız and the remarks of the artists whose paths crossed with Dinkjian, the Ara Dinkjian Songbook reveals both the life and artistry of Ara Dinkjian and thus be a source of inspiration to young musicians.

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