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Yurdal Tokcan


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Yurdal Tokcan (b. 1966 in Ordu on the Black Sea coast of Turkey) is a Turkish player, guitarist, and composer.

He is a 1998 graduate of Istanbul Technical University’s Turkish Music Government Conservatory. While completing his masters degree there, he joined the faculty as an oud instructor. Tokcan continues to teach, sharing his knowledge, experience, and technique with Turkish and foreign students.

In 1990, he joined the Culture and Tourism Ministry’s Istanbul Government Music Ensemble under the artistic direction of Tanburi Necdet Yaşar. As a member of this ensemble, Yurdal performed in France, Holland, Belgium, and Spain. He is a member of the Istanbul Fasil Ensemble and the Istanbul Tasavvuf Music Ensemble, and a founding member of the Istanbul Sazendeleri (Musicians of Istanbul), a group dedicated to presenting Turkish instrumental works. Tokcan has participated in many recording sessions and has performed internationally, in Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Japan, Turkmenistan, Israel, Tunisia, Lebanon, the USA, Bosnia, and Northern Cyprus.

His style combines older traditions with many new stylistic innovations, which are also present in his playing of the fretless guitar. His many new compositions combine traditional rich melodies with polyphonic textures, performed on Turkish classical instruments.


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  • Lysander

    Saray is an absolutely exquisite work of musical genius. One of the best - if not the best - Turkish oud album I have come across.

    12 Jan 2014 Reply
  • avivagabriel

    Yurdal Tokcan is my favorite ud player, out of all ud (oud) players I have heard. His touch is fluid, impeccable. His ideas are original. His playing is lyrical, graceful, and smart. It's the best! No heavy-handedness, no cliches, no overstatement. Subtle, shapeshifting, a hand dance on the strings, an agile mind behind the melodic and tonal development.

    23 Jan 2009 Reply
  • sercunyo77

    Elınıze saglık mukemmel bir icra mükemmel tüylerim diken diken oldu...

    17 Aug 2008 Reply
  • sezo71

    Cok büyük Usta udu yemis bir Müzisyen Dünya Müzigi her baba yigidin isi degildir bizi yurt disinda en iyi temsil eden Müziyenlerdir Yurdal Tokcan birtane

    11 Aug 2008 Reply
  • emrahrasa

    Perdesiz gitardaki başarısı da unutulmamalıdır.

    29 May 2008 Reply
  • emrahrasa

    Ud sazında zirvedir şahsi kanaatimce.

    29 May 2008 Reply
  • esoterich

    Kendileri zannımca Anouar Brahem ile birlikte en iyi ûdîdir alemde...

    16 May 2008 Reply

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