Biography

An enchanting voice from Anatolia

Gülcan  KAYA – vocal
Kemal KAPLAN -saz
Naci DÜZEL – saz
Kenan ELMAS – kaval, mey, zurna (wind instruments)
Özcan GÖK -bendir, davul (drums)

Gülcan Kaya was born in the little village of Doluca near Erzincan, an Eastern Anatolian town. She graduated from the Istanbul State Conservatory of Turkish Music in 1996, and wrote a master’s thesis on the place of women in Anatolian folk songs. She worked for four years in the Conservatory of Haliç University where she established the Department of Folk Music. She has been a performer in the Folk Music Section of Turkish Radio and Television since 1991.
The broad range of her repertoire, her competence over the characteristic-traditional idioms of various regional styles, and her emotive and lyrical performance make Gülcan Kaya a unique voice among the contemporary female singers of traditional Anatolian Turkish music. Rather than remaining within the limits of the repertoire of a particular locality, she sings, with an equal level of virtuosity, folk songs of diverse stylistic and topical features, collected from various parts of Anatolia. She is accompanied by four musicians who are master performers of their instruments. Gülcan Kaya is yet a strong voice to be discovered by an international audience.
References
ADEM, Geneva
«  Evora Classica Festival », Evora – Portugal
« Festival Wereldfesst », Utrecht – Holland
«  Voix des Femmes Festival », Anvers and Liège – Belgium
Théâtre de la Ville de Paris
« Babel Med Music », Dock des Suds, Marseille
La Comédie de Reims – France
« Festival Les Orientales », Saint-Florent le Vieil – France
« Festivals Les Suds », Arles – France
« Festival El Qantara », Bourges – France

Album
« Gülcan Kaya concert », Paris City Theatre