Behsat Uvez
Behsat Uvez


November 2005

Behsat  Uvez  

voice, saz, percussion

Behsat Üvez is both composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. He plays the baglama (saz), cura, tar, kabak kemane (knee viol), violin, cümbüs (fretless lute), ud, mandolin en various percussion instruments.

From 1976 to 1984 Behsat Üvez was an instrumentalist and soloist with the Turkish State Ensemble, and from 1971 to 1989 he was also musical leader of the folkloristic dance and music ensemble Tüfem in Ankara. With these two groups he travelled all over the world, propagating Turkish traditional music.

Since 1989 he has been working as a musician and music teacher in the Netherlands. Inspired by the lively music scene in his new hometown Groningen, he has gradually directed his attention to modern music.

In 2002 Üvez founded the Turkish-Dutch ensemble Baraná, together with Steven Kamperman. Since 2009 this ensemble receives structural support by Dutch Government. Together they also play in the Balkan Sax/Beat Group Carlama Orkestar. 

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