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Yorgo Bacanos



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Yorgo Bacanos (1900-1977) was a Turkish musician of Greek-Gypsy descent

Bacanos was born in Silivri, a small town near Istanbul, on the 21st September 1900. He was from a Greek-Gypsy family among whose members were musicians such as Aleko Baconos, his elder brother, Anastas, his uncle. Sotiri and Paraşko, his cousins, all well-known kemençe players of their time. Leondi Efendi and Ligori Efendi, his grandfathers, and Haralambos Efendi his father, too, were practising musicians, who played kemençe, kanun, and lavta (Turkish version of European lute), respectively. Showing great zeal tor music at a very young age. Yorgo could not complete secondary education and deserted school when he was a student in a French high school and started to learn music by taking lessons first from his father, and subsequently from Armenian musicians. At the age of twelve he made his debut in music as a performer İn fasıl concerts given in night clubs. He became a well-known ud player within a few years.

Baconos performed music in the Istanbul Radio tor fifty years, from 1927 to 1977. From 1953 to the mid 1960s he was also member of Turkish Musical Ensemble of Istanbul Conservatory conducted by Münir Nurettin Selçuk. Bacanos gave recitals and took part in concerts wicb famous musicians like Hafız Kemal, Sadettin Kaynak, Sadi Işılay, Aleko Bacanos and Deniz Kızı Eftalya in Germany, France, Egypt, and Cyprus.

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  • centzontotochti

    This guy is fantastic!

    10 Apr 2010 Reply
  • BurakCC

    Acemkürdi taksimi harikulade.

    28 Mar 2009 Reply
  • avivamagnolia

    Grosseteste, you're so painfully right. I wish these generic tags for homogenized "world music" would unstick themselves and let the music seperate into cream, whey, and milk.

    27 Mar 2009 Reply
  • ennil

    ah ah o eski Turkiye'ye goturuyor beni, baska, sicak bir dunyaya

    7 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Grosseteste

    Its a strange set of similar artists -- perhaps because of some of the ridiculous tags (such as female vocalists and arabic world?).

    27 Oct 2007 Reply

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