For Behsat Üvez ✝ 22 february 2013

February 28, 2013

Voor Behsat Üvez Toespraak van Steven Kamperman tijdens de afscheidsceremonie van Behsat Üvez (2 mei 1959 – 22 februari 2013) in de Oosterpoort, Groningen, 27 februari 2013. “Als je achter vijf konijnen aan rent, vang je er geen een” Met dat Turkse gezegde probeerde vader Üvez de jonge springerige Behsat een beetje in te tomen. […]

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Baraná in Manresa (Spain) Fira Mediterrania

November 13, 2012

The amazing Montserrat mountain It feels a bit absurd: flying to Spain for just one concert. But then again: the Fira Mediterrania is a nice and wellknown festival, and besides, it is a good opportunity to meet other festivals specialized in mediterranean music. What IS absurd, however, is the policy of Vueling airlines against musicians. […]

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Baraná in Turkey, day 10, 11, Canakkale and Izmir

October 19, 2012

Canakkale, room with a view We arrive in Canakkale fairly early, around 13.00. Canakkale is lying next to the Aegean sea, so we decide to have lunch in a fish restaurant, looking over the water. When we walk to the restaurant, we suddenly see a gigantic horse. It turns out to be the Trojan horse […]

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Baraná in Turkey, day 6,7,8,9, Istanbul, Eskisehir and Bursa

October 17, 2012

Taksim square, Istanbul After our first five concerts, we have two days to relax in Istanbul. At first I thought: ‘Hey, that is strange: we play during the week, and not in the weekend?’ But if you think of it, it is perfectly logical, since we play at University stages, and a lot of students […]

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Barana Turkey tour, day 4 and 5, Adana and Gaziantep

October 14, 2012

After the conservative city of Kayseri, we our now heading for Adana, known for its self assured ‘rough’ people. They say everybody is swearing here constantly. First we have to cross the Toros mountains however, where we see magnificent views everywhere. Climate wise, Adana is the hottest city in Turkey, with temperatures of 50 C […]

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Barana Turkey tour, day 3, Kayseri

October 12, 2012

Baraná with Ceylan Ertem in Kayseri We have to get up early, because we have a four and a halve hour drive to Kayseri in front of us. We see endless Anatolian scenery’s: brown/yellow hills, with very little trees or bushes, turning slowly in higher mountains. You could record quite a nice episode of Star […]

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Baraná Turkey tour with Ceylan Ertem day 1 & 2

October 11, 2012

Traditional Turkish Breakfast with Ceylan! 8th of october After three flights at night time, we arrive at Kars in Turkey, near the border of Georgia and Armenia. Because of the heavy flights and Behsat being ill before we left, we decided that he would stay behind in Ankara, to save energy for the remaining eight […]

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Baraná Festival: Workshop orchestra, Yulia Charkova, Duo Yom-Wang Li, Baraná Elektro Shaman (Day 2)

May 14, 2012

The second day of our festival, I started wondering whether the concept of me presenting the festival as well, besides playing, conducting the Workshop Orchestra, organizing the meetings between musicians, and playing myself with Yom was such a good idea after all…. It fitted well in the idea of a festival in which the ‘meeting’ is […]

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Baraná Festival, Michel Godard Trio, Moscow Art Trio (day 1)

May 14, 2012

On some days, everything is just perfect. So this will be a very boring blog probably… Well, let’s keep it to the essentials then. We started of our own Baraná World Jazz Festival ourselves with a concert of our own acoustic Baraná Quintet, with vocalist Sanem Kalfa as a special guest. The quintet had not […]

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Baraná meets Boi Akih

March 19, 2012

We decided to change Baraná’s new years concerts at the Muziekhuis Utrecht into a spring concert tradition. It felt nice to celebrate the rising temperatures and the emerging life by inviting new guests. Unfortunately, one of the sound engineers took this concept of celebrating a new start a bit too literally: he pushed the wrong […]

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