Mehmet Bitmez


Mehmet Emin Bitmez was born in Şanlıurfa, Turkey. His grandfather, father and uncle were all musicians, so it was natural for Mehmet to enter the Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory of Turkish Music, from which he graduated in 1980. The following year he became a teaching assistant at the Conservatory, and he has taught there ever since. During his musical education he studied oud with Cinuçen Tanrıkorur and Mutlu Torun, and he also began a formal study of the approach to melody and performance taken by the great tanbur virtuoso Tanburi Cemil Bey - this work led to the award of a Master's degree in 1990. Mehmet Bitmez's own style of oud playing is influenced by Şerif Muhittin Targan, Nevres Bey, Yorgo Bacanos and Cinuçen Tanrıkorur. As well as being a virtuoso oud player, he is also proficient on the lavta and tanbur. He has given concerts around the world, both as a solo performer and as a member of various ensembles and orchestras. He also masterminded the 'Üç Ud'un Hikâyesi' (History of Three Ouds) project together with Kyriakos Kalaitzidis and Naseer Shamma.




Selected Recordings

Güneşin Doğuşu
(Yeni Dünya Müzik)

A selection of instrumental pieces featuring oud, kemençe, zurna and clarinet.

1. Maraga (Abdülkadir Meragi) 7:31
2. Güneşin Doğuşu (Itri, Sadettin Kaynak, Nayi Osman Dede) 13:04
3. Şark (Prens Dimitri Kantemir) 12:55
4. Tılsım (Perküsyon Solo) 3:10
5. Selam (Bela Bartok, Tanburi Cemil Bey, Hüseyin Sadeddin Erel) 9:53
6. Zeybek/Efenin Neşesi (Mehmet Bitmez) 11:14

(Çınar Müzik)

This solo album of improvisations, together with a couple of well-known compositions, showcases beautifully the amazing talents of one of the greatest living masters of the Turkish oud.

1. Uşşak Taksim Bağdat Hatırası/Memories Of Bagdad 4:20
2. Uşşak Saz Semâi (Şerif Muhiddin Targan) 3:50
3. Acemli Rast Taksim 7:16
4. Karma Taksim 7.15
5. Hicaz Taksim 5:32
6. Hüseyni Taksim 4:31
7. Ferahnak Taksim 4:34
8. Buselik Taksim 6:01
9. Muhayyerkürdi Taksim 3:49
10. Müstear Taksim 5:30
11. Sûz-i Dil Taksim 3:29
12. Karcığar Taksim 3:36
13. Hicazkâr Taksim 3:03
14. Hicazkâr Saz Semâi (Kemal Niyazi Seyhun) 6:53


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