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Concert: Yarkin Duo – TURQUAZZ

Yarkin Duo

16th March / 20:00
St Cyprian’s Church Clarence Gate,

This brother-sister duo bring an altogether different dynamic and angle to the festival and may question your ideas about Anatolian jazz music. Born and raised in the same house, the duo are intensely connected and bridge the classical piano with the Kamancheh of Istanbul, a stringed bow instrument. Baturay and Nagme Yarkin combine classical with jazz traditions even Argentinian tangos whilst never forgetting their Turkish roots and musical upbringing. The gorgeous sounding Kamancheh is an indispensable instrument in Anatolian culture and originally came from the Byzantine Empire, and continued to be used through the Ottoman Empire.

Nagme Yarkin (Kamancheh)
Baturay Yarkin (Piano)

Nagme Yarkin

Nagme Yarkin

Kamancheh of Istanbul

Nağme Yarkın was born in a family, full of generations of musicians. When she was three, she started to study piano. In addition to her primary school classes, in 1990 at the age of five, she was accepted at Istanbul University Conservatory’s piano department.

In 1996, she started to study at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Turkish Music State Conservatory. She selected “Kamancheh of Istanbul” (the Classical Kamancheh / Lyra) as her main instrument and she has played Kamancheh since the age of eleven. During her secondary education, she gave a lot of concerts in the school and various concert halls, primarily in Istanbul.

Baturay Yarkin

Baturay Yarkin


When he was 6, he won first place of Istanbul University State Conservatory, Department of Classical Piano part-time program. When he was 13, he trained with his teacher Meral Yapalı for European Young Pianists Competition and he came in 3rd place. He headed to Turkish Music, Argentina Tango, and Jazz Music during his study and after his graduation.

He and his sister Nağme Yarkın decided to collaborate together, launched Yarkın Duo in 2016 and published their debut album One in 2017. Musicians interpret their compositions and arrangements based on their different accumulations which have important cultural backgrounds. They played together in several continents interpreting their repertoire which consists Argentine tangos, Turkish folk music, their compositions, and improvisations. He represented Turkey with Yarkın Duo during 1. TURfest, Turkey Festival, in Croatia. The artist gave a special concert at 17. Boston Turkish Film Festival and Turkish Music Workshop at Berklee College of Music within the festival as Yarkın Duo. They improvised and produced music for the worldwide mobile application, Meditation.

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