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    Origine du Groupe : Turkey , Canada
    Style : Alternative Fusion World Music , Electronic Ethno







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    Discography :

    • Sufi Dreams (Golden Horn 1998)
    • Journeys of a Dervish (Golden Horn 1999)
    • Seyahatname (Doublemoon 2001)
    • Nar (Doublemoon 2002)
    • Fusion Monster (Numoon 2004) (as DJ Arkin Allen)
    • Su (Doublemoon 2003) (23 July 2003)
    • Sufi Traveler (High Times 2004)
    • Nefes (Doublemoon 2007) (22 June 2007)
    • 800 (Doublemoon 2007) (5 November 2007)


    Mercan Dede (born Arkın Ilıcalı, 1966, Bursa, Turkey), also known as DJ Arkin Allen, is a Turkish composer, ney and bendir player, DJ and producer. He divides his time between Turkey, Europe and North America. He is a world music artist, playing a fusion of traditional acoustic Turkish and other oriental musics with electronic sounds.

    His best known albums include Seyahatname, Su, and Nar. He has worked in collaboration with Turkish and international musicians such as Susheela Raman, Dhafer Youssef, Sheema Mukherjee (Transglobal Underground) and Hugh Marsh.


    Early life and education

    Dede was born to a working class and secular parents in Bursa.[1]

    He moved to Istanbul from Bursa to study journalism and photography in Istanbul University. Upon his graduation, he received scholarship from University of Saskatchewan and moved to Montreal, Canada.[1][2]


    The Mercan Dede ensemble was founded in 1997,[3] by which time Arkın had been working as a musician for some years. Their first album was Sufi Dreams, released in 1998. This album got a boost when the music was used in a German television documentary on Sufi music.

    In 2001 he released his third album, Seyahatname, which means "travelogue" in old Turkish, evokes the era of the great caravanserai crossing Anatolia on the silk road. The sound of the ney goes back to this period, and the music aspires to the spirit of the mystic Sufi poets of that time, such as Mevlana. Dede describes the sound of the ney as "a pure, universal spiritual sound" evoking deep feelings, deeper than we can comprehend in just our short time on earth. The ney "speaks the language of love, instantly comprehensible in the heart, compared to which all the mosques, churches, temples built to decorate (our spirituality) drift away". The album is Dede's personal effort to reflect on his own spiritual journey.[4]

    His 2002 album Nâr (which means "fire" in Turkish) continued in the same vein. In 2004 he released Su ("water") stayed at number one on European World Music Charts for two months. The album was recorded with an international line-up of musicians and has more vocals on it than the previous works. One track featuring folk singer Sabahat Akkiraz was particularly popular in Turkey. Dede made his U.S. debut at the first Globalfest that year, followed by a North American tour and the release of the album Fusion Monster under the name 'Arkin Allen', which has a slightly different twist on his familiar sound. He was commissioned by the Turkish Ministry of Culture as the music director of the Guldestan project to represent Turkish culture and arts all around the globe, working alongside choreographer Beyhan Murphy.

    The February 2007 album Nefes ("breath") included Transglobal Underground sitar player Sheema Mukherjee in the line-up. The album includes spoken songs in Turkish, Arabic, and French.

    Mercan Dede and his Secret Tribe have given live performances at festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival, WOMEX, the Festival de Trans Musicales and Banlieus Bleus, Arezzo, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the World Roots Festival and the Rhythm Sticks Festival and at more than 100 shows in Vienna, Geneva, Brussels, Cologne, Paris, Amsterdam and Istanbul.

    His music

    His sound incorporates traditional instruments and ney from Turkey and other parts of the world, with horns, dance beats, ambient electronic music, and a Sufi spirituality. The name Mercan Dede itself evokes Sufism as "Dede" is the word for 'elder' in the Sufi traditions, although the name Mercan Dede was taken from a character in a modern Turkish novel. Dede composes his own music, some of which is rhythmic, some new age.

    He plays with groups of various sizes and fluctuating membership: the Mercan Dede Trio, the Mercan Dede Ensemble, and the Secret Tribe. The instrumentation used includes electronics and elements of classical Turkish music such as the ney (which he plays himself), percussion, violin, and zither. The groups often include Montreal-based percussionist Scott Russell, Canadian violinist Hugh Marsh, and Turkish clarinetist Hüsnü Şenlendirici. The shows often include men and women in Sufi costume doing Sufi whirling.

    Dede works as a DJ under the name Arkın Allen, specialising in music related to that of his live groups, in this case house and techno dance music with an oriental flavour.[5]

    Dede has been criticised by Turkish music purists for not being steeped in the Sufi traditions and for not properly representing Sufism in his music and writings.[6] Another criticism is that the whirling dancers he uses to accompany his shows do not accurately display the correct dervish routines. However, as more than a ney player, working just as often as a DJ as performing live in concert, with an audience consisting of clubbers, not Islamic scholars, Dede aims to synthesise several different traditions rather than recreate a historically pure music.


    • Sufi Dreams (Golden Horn 1998)
    • Journeys of a Dervish (Golden Horn 1999)
    • Seyahatname (Doublemoon 2001)
    • Nar (Doublemoon 2002)
    • Fusion Monster (Numoon 2004) (as DJ Arkin Allen)
    • Su (Doublemoon 2003) (23 July 2003)
    • Sufi Traveler (High Times 2004)
    • Nefes (Doublemoon 2007) (22 June 2007)
    • 800 (Doublemoon 2007) (5 November 2007)


    • His album 800 was selected as the World's Best World Music Album of 2008 by WOMEX!
    • Mercan Dede has been nominated by BBC 3 Awards for World Music in the Middle East and North Africa category twice and three times in the Club Global category.
    • Su stayed at #1 spot for two months on the European World Music Charts
    • Featured in Fatih Akin's documentary Crossing the Bridge
    • Composer of some music for the recent work Istanbul by Pina Bausch, the German choreographer


    See also


    1. ^ a b Breath of life for old genre, [1]
    2. ^ Arkin Ilicali, [2]
    3. ^ DEDE, Mercan, International Who's Who in Popular Music 2007, Routledge. Entry retrieved from Google Books 2012-01-17.
    4. ^ Liner notes to Seyahatname - rough translation from the Turkish
    5. ^ Anthony Ham, Middle East, Lonely Planet ebook (2009), MUSIC: Turkish p.95 (retrieved from Google Books 2012-01-17).
    6. ^ Kudsi Erguner in Roll Magazine, Istanbul. November 2001

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    Origine du Groupe : Turkey

    Style : Altenative Fusion World

    Sortie : 2002

    Tracklist :
    1. Things To Remember
    2. Fake Sparkle Or Golden Dust?
    3. No Home Without Its Sire
    4. Just For Love
    5. Girlchild Aglow
    6. Your Face
    7. Jungle Haze
    8. My Last Two Weeks
    9. Subway (Epilogue)


    Plonger dans Dust, c'est comme glisser sa langue dans l'antre des plaisirs, se laisser envahir par une chaleur moite, goûter le sel et l'amertume, chercher une forme de jouissance sans relâcher l'effort et l'attention, toucher du doigt le divin.

    Peter Murphy, emblématique personnage et ex-leader de Bauhaus nous emmène dans un autre monde, aux frontières du passé et du présent, dans un monde où la confrontation entre l'Orient et l'Occident ressemble à une fusion, une communion entre la beauté des musiques traditionnelles turques, emplies de frénésie, de chaleur et la sublime froideur mélancolique de "feu" Bauhaus.
    Pour obtenir une telle authenticité, chose non aisée lorsqu'il s'agit de mélanger des musiques telles que le "soufi" et la musique électronique, Murphy a fait appel a Dede Mercan, qui lui aussi expérimente les brassages de cultures, une rencontre hasardeuse entre les deux hommes mais qui change une oeuvre géniale en oeuvre sacrée.
    Il me manque les mots pour donner une description exacte de ce disque, la voix de Peter Murphy n'a jamais semblé si irréelle et puissante, comme venue de l'au-delà, résonnante de façon plus spirituelle que viscérale, ce qui marque une nette fracture avec l'époque Bauhaus, où la douleur était prédominante.

    Chef-d'oeuvre moderne, Dust porte bien son nom, il renaît des cendres de Bauhaus, la poussière cache bien souvent une incroyable beauté, comme pour la protéger, il est nécessaire de la mériter, comme le Graal.
    Si j'ose établir un lien entre Dust et le "Graal", c'est simplement pour souligner que ce disque est l'aboutissement d'un artiste parti pour une quête d'absolu, comme touché par une sagesse divine, Murphy a des allures de messager parti en mission, celle qui consiste à composer l'album ultime, l'œuvre intemporelle, comme "La divine comédie" ou "les chants de Maldoror".
    Il est si rare de retrouver dans la musique tant de richesses qui laissent admiratives, tant au niveau des structures musicales que de l'interprétation, tout est juste, tout est beau, spontané et enivrant.
    Blessé autrefois et endolori par les plaies et les souffrances de l'adolescence, Peter Murphy a depuis cicatrisé mais pas guéri, rares sont les artistes qui parviennent à atteindre ce niveau de plénitude et d'évolution,la majorité d'entre eux préférant se complaire dans l'éternelle stagnation, artistique, culturelle, spirituelle ou humaine tout simplement ; Murphy ne semble pas connaître cette équation et c'est tant mieux, sur son site on peut notament lire ceci: "Souviens-toi que tu es poussière et que tu redeviendras poussière...".

    Le Paradis et l'Enfer n'existent pas, il n'y a que des Hommes et des Magiciens.

    Rock'n'roll !

    par Interpolian


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