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YURDAL TOKCAN
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Considered as one of the best oud players in the world, his style combines ancient traditions with many stylistic innovations, which are also present in his fretless guitar performance. His new compositions combine rich traditional melodies with polyphonic textures performed on classical Turkish instruments. Tokcan obtained a diploma from the State Conservatory of the Technical University of Istanbul where he teaches oud to both Turkish and foreign students. In 1990, he joined the Istanbul State Classical Turkish Music Ensemble under the artistic direction of Tanburi Necdet Yasar. He is a member of the Istanbul Fasil Ensemble and Istanbul Tasavvuf Music Ensemble and a founding member of the Istanbul Sazendeleri, a group dedicated to presenting Turkish musical works. Tokcan took part in many recordings and performed at international level: in the Netherlands with the percussion group of Amsterdam and the Chamber Orchestra in a programme entitled European Music Around Oud, and with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Tekfen in Turkey, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Belgium. Tokcan joined Burhan Ocal (percussion), Goksel Baktagir (qanun), Selim Guler (kemenche) and Arif Erdebil (ney) in concert, the recording of which won the “Best Ethnic Album” award in 1998 in France. He played in Israel with the Baharat Group and the qanun player Goksel Baktagir. Recently, Tokcan recorded and played with the Israeli artist Ladino Hadass Pal Yarden. His work can also be heard on Bende Can, an album of his original compositions. Tokcan represented Turkey in several international festivals: particularly in Dresden, Thessaloniki, Jordan, at the Opera of Cairo and in Japan.