Ogur is, before all his credentials, an innovator. He’s mastered (invented) fretless guitar and his guitar stylings have, through his incredible understanding of blues, jazz and traditional Turkish music, become a popular nuance in Turkish pop music and beyond. Erkan is from a town in east Anatolia called Elazig where he learnt the cumbus as a child, a small lute like instrument and went onto perform at various weddings and dances.
A meeting with Robert ‘bluesman’ Johnson in Istanbul forever changed his world and soon after he journeyed to the US for two years returning in the mid ’80s. He’s released multiple albums and taken part in umpteen collaborations most recently in 2017 with Ismail Hakki Demircioglu. The Anatolian Blues Project is a continuation of a previous collaboration called Telvin and disavows the nation state, breaks the rules and is a pure form of music. Erkan is joined by Turgut Alp Bekoglu on drums, Can Cankaya on piano and Kagan Yildiz on bass.