Erkan Ogur and Ismail H. Demircioglu in NYC

Wednesday, November 8 2023 at 7:00 PM

Doors: 7pm

Showtime: 8pm

Erkan Oğur is a Turkish musician. A pioneer of fretless guitars, he invented the first fretless classical guitar in 1976. A composer, he has influenced many musicians with his compositions combining the sounds of Turkish folk music and classical music with the ancient traditional music.

20 dollar table minimum per person is required.
Tickets are non-refundable.

$65 in advance
$75 at door



Erkan Ogur

Erkan Oğur was born on 17 April 1954, in Ankara, Turkey. He spent his childhood in Elazığ, eastern Turkey, where he became interested in violin and the Turkish bağlama lute, and started to practice them frequently. He graduated from high school in Elazığ, then moved to study physics at the Ankara University Faculty of Science from 1970 to 1973.  As a result of encouragement to be a scientist by his father, he started to study physics engineering and in 1974 continued his education in The Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany, for three years. He was introduced to guitar education in 1973. Instead of being a scientist, he chose to be a musician. Since he needed detailed sounds from a guitar in order to obtain Turkish melodies, he modified his guitar and invented the fretless classical guitar in 1976.

In 1980, he returned to Turkey, and started to study at the State Conservatory of Istanbul Technical University. After his military service, he worked as an oud lute teacher. He had live performances with Fikret Kızılok and Bülent Ortaçgil where he contributed to scene with fretless guitar. He released his first album in Germany called Arayışlar (“Searches”). In 1989, he went to the U.S. to work with numerous local blues artists, foremost of which was Robert ‘One Man’ Johnson. He introduced fretless guitar into blues.  A year later, he released his first album in Turkey, Bir Ömürlük Misafir (“A Lifetime Guest”), which was ranked 4th in European lists. He still performs concerts through the world and in Turkey. He works with Kemal Eroglu on technical improvements on bağlama lute; and continues his performances with Fahir Atakoglu and Bülent Ortaçgil. In 2004, he played on Yansımalar’s album Pervane (“Moth”). He is a member of the Telvin trio, which mainly performs Turkish folk music in improvised jazz style, with İlkin Deniz and Turgut Alp Bekoglu,  and has released an album called Telvin in 2006.

His soundtrack for the 2004 movie Yazı Tura by Uğur Yücel won two awards: the 2004 Golden Orange for Best Music at the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, and the 2005 award for Best Music at the Ankara International Film Festival.

Ismail Hakki Demircioglu

He became interested in music at an early age. He completed his primary and secondary education in Pazar. Later, he graduated from ITU Turkish Music State Conservatory, Department of Basic Sciences.

Playing various instruments from baglama to bass guitar, Demircioğlu first worked as a bass guitarist in the Ruhi Ayangil Turkish Music Orchestra and then in the Ruhi Su Dostlar Chorus. During this period, he prepared 2 albums.

After 1998, she started working with Erkan Oğur. He has produced many albums so far. He also gave many concerts in various parts of Turkey and abroad.