MaviYol (Blue Path) Trio
Born in Istanbul, SenemDiyici started to sing at the age of 4. After three disc recorded in the course of the 70’s, and a career in Turkey recognized in the field of Ottoman and traditional Turkish music, she moved to France in 1982.
The first collaboration with guitarist and composer Alain Blesing lead to the album “Takalar”, recorded with a sextet, including percussionist Okay Temiz. In 1991, eager to return to more acoustic colors, the couple formed the SenemDiyici quartet. After 5 albums all praised by critics, and many international tours (France, Germany, Canada, Turkey, Syria, Russia, etc.), showcasing an extraordinary presence on stage, the band released a live DVD in 2007 (“Live at the Satellit Café” Buda Music / WMP). While working with the quartet, in 1999 SenemDiyici founded the “Ottoman Trio” (vocals, ud and violin) and in 2002 the band “Octobando” devoted to Turkish-Balkan music. Between 2002 and 2003 she also worked in a duet formation with the pianist Jean-Marie Machado. Much time has also been devoted to duet-work with Alain Blesing. In late 2008, SenemDiyici initiated the trio “Lyricism” (vocals, violin and cello). In 2011 she recorded a new album in Istanbul (“DilaDila”) with a new version of the quartet (vocals, guitar, trumpet and drums): The “MaviYol 4tet” (Blue Path Quartet).To back her stage presence already full of energy and emotion, SenemDiyici incorporates an amazing set of percussion instruments to her performances, drawing from a wide variety of cultures (India, Africa, Far East, Scandinavia etc.) as well as electronic devices on occasion such as samplers, loopers etc. Also concerned with the transmission of her knowledge, she continues to teach courses and workshops on vocal techniques and more recently on shamanic ritual music, upon invitations coming from France and Turkey.
In 1998 he graduated from Ege University Turkish Music State Conservatory. He has worked as a new player at TRT (Turkish Radio Television) both in Izmir (since 1996) and Ankara after 2000, taking part in numerous radio and television programs. From 2003 onwards, he performed in various festivals in Holland, Belgium and Turkey, with the project “From Sufi to Flamenco”. He took part in numerous national and international projects. He performed as a soloist with many symphonic orchestras, including the CSO (Turkish Presidential Symphony Orchestra). He gave concerts in many countries including the USA, with the band Taniniwhich he started together with kanun player Tahir Aydoğdu and pianist Hakan Toker. Among the artists he has shared the stage are Bobby McFerrin, Joaquin Grilo, Carlos Denia, Doğan Canku, Yıldız İbrahimova, Zülfü Livaneli, Senem Diyici, Okay Temiz and Maria Farantouri.
Hakan A. Toker
Hakan A. Toker is a pianist-composer with no limits, as far as pianistic creation is concerned. Having studied music in his native Turkey and the United States, and having worked with numerous ensembles and artists across the globe, of almost every conceivable genre or music, he has devoted much of his time to being able to play anything that comes into his mind and create music out of any given parameter, including themes and phone numbers given by the audience spontaneously.
SenemDiyici - Voice and percussion
BilginCanaz - Ney (Flute)
Hakan A. Toker - Piano