1972 (age 45)
The Kurdish folk musician Mikaîl Aslan (Tenbur, Saxophon, Guitar, Singing), cousin of Ahmet Aslan, was born in 1972 in Dersim (Tunceli). After ten years he had to migrate, together with his family, to Kayseri. After his graduation from high school, he attended university to study mathematics. In his second year in university he had to prematurely break the study due to political reasons, and began to work professionally in in the music business. Since his childhood, he has played the Tenbur. In Turkey and Kurdistan, he worked with most of the well-known Kurdish musicians and founded Grup Munzur. He composed his own songs and released several tapes and CDs with Group Munzur. In 1995, he moved to Germany. In 2001, he began to study the guitar and saxophone at the 'Peter Cornelius Konservatorium' in Mainz . In 2003 he released the CD "Kilitê Kou", which reveals the alevitischen cultural music from his homeland Dersim. By the time, he composed the music to two documentary films about Anatolia, broadcasted on ARTE (German-French Culture Television) and ZDF (Second Channel of German Television).
After performing with Grup Munzur Mikail Aslan released following solo albums:
* 1999 - Agerayîs
* 2003 - Kilitê Kou (The Key of the Mountains)
* 2005 - Mîraz
* 2008 - Zernkut
* 2010 - Pelguzar - Herzblatt
* 2010 - Petag (Armenian Songs from Dersim)
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