For millions of Turks the musician Cem Karaca, who has died of a heart attack aged 58, was a phenomenon who, for nearly four decades mirrored the transformations of his homeland, displayed resolute unwillingness to accept the dead hand of authority, and embodied aspirations for peace and social justice.
Kumru' Ballade by the amazing Turkish pianist/composer Fazıl Say. Fazıl wrote this ballade for her daughter. He usually plays this piece on the piano himself but this orchestral version is also a pleasure to listen to.
Fazıl Say (born in 1970) is undoubtedly one of the most talented and respected Turkish artists today. He is a pianist and a composer who has gained success on the internation scale both with his tremendous talent in playing the piano and in creating music.