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Erol Parlak

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Erol Parlak was born in 1964, grew up in Ankara, and moved to Istanbul to attend the State Musical Conservatory at the Istanbul Technical University. Erol has given concerts throughout Europe, and was appointed Assistant Professor of Musicology in 2006. Erol Parlak’s work is rooted in the rich cultural and musical traditions of Anatolia.

In 2000, Erol founded Erol Parlak Bağlama Beşlisi (Erol Parlak Baglama Quintet), and in 2004, the group released their first recording, Esik (Threshold). The Quintet’s other members are Eren Demir, Dogan Yıldırım, Ali Kazım Akdağ, and Güven Türkmen.

The Baglama Quintet places great importance on exploring the full range of techniques and nuances possible on the baglama, while remaining grounded in the instrument’s cultural history. Their approach and philosophy is to combine both older and more modern pieces in a harmonic/polyphonic, without cutting themselves off from the essence of traditional baglama music.

The Quintet’s repertoire covers a broad spectrum of pieces by both anonymous and known composers, with compositions ranging from Duaz-ı İmams to Semahs, from Deyiş to Türkü, from Halays to Zeybeks and other dance tunes. Additionally, in the effort to explore new directions, they perform an original interpretation of the western classical piece, Alla Turca (Turkish March) by Mozart. In Turkey, where there is much experimentation in music, this is a first-of-its-kind effort.

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