Tanburi Cemil Bey
About Tanburi Cemil Bey
Tanburi Cemil Bey is remembered as one of the most important composers of instrumental art music from the late period of the Ottoman Empire in Turkey. Cemil Bey's recordings between 1910 and 1914, prior to the invention of the electric microphone, set the precedent for the saz semai suite form that continues to dominate traditional Turkish music. According to The New York Daily News, Cemil Bey "bends fashion, Turkish blues if you like". The Beat praised him for his "left hand technique of comparable strength and agility to that of Jimi Hendrix."
Cemil Bey's classic recordings, with accompaniment by Kemence on tanbur and ud and Hafuz Yasar on violoncello, have been reissued by Traditional Crossroads as a collection of three albums. ~ Craig Harris