Çelik - "Yasemin"
Celik is one of the greatest oud players of Turkey now.
He presents the Classical Turkish Music Repertoire and improvizations
on oud in this unique recording. This CD contains more than
70 minutes of virtuoso oud playing ranging from meditative
Huseyni Cecen Kizi,
Sultani Yegah Sirto,
Uzzal Nakis Yuruksemai
clip samples from the CD:
Sultan-i Yegah Sirto
Uzzal Nakis Yuruksemai
Born in 1955 in the province of Konya, home of the Mevlevi
order, Necati Celik learned to play the baglama, a folkloric
long-necked lute at age of 7. The early 1970's marked the
beginning of his acquaintance with the oud, and in 1973,
in the Mevlevi rituals of Konya as an oud player for the
first time ever. Here, he met some of Turkey's foremost
oud masters, who contributed to the development of his command
over this instrument.
Having experienced difficulty in obtaining quality instruction
while learning how to play the oud, Mr. Celik decided to
establish his own private school of music in 1975 in Konya,
where he taught oud to hundreds of students. In 1983, he
founded the Konya Municipal Turkish Choir. Two years later
he became an oud instructor in the Music Department in Konya's
Seljuk University, where he remained for a year. In 1986,
he became an oud artist in the Turkish Ministry of Culture's
State Classical Music Ensemble, and at the same time, taught
oud at the State Conservatory of Aegean University.
In 1987, he gave 8 concerts in Tunisia. 1989 was the year
when Mr. Celik joined the Istanbul State Classical Turkish
Music Ensemble. He also became the primary oud artist of
the Necdet Yashar ensemble, with whom he performed on a
monthly basis in Istanbul and in many provinces of Turkey.
Mr. Celik is a frequent guest on Turkish national television
and radio programs, and he has performed in universities
of France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Tunisia,
Morocco, Malaysia, Canada, and the U.S.A. Acting on the
invitation received in 1993, he journeyed to the U.S. for
solo performances. Since then he has given oud lessons and
recitals every year in California and New Mexico, and teaches
and performs every August at the Middle East Music Camp
held in Mendocino, California. In 1997, he was invited to
participate in a workshop at the University of Israel in
Jerusalem, where he taught oud and Turkish classical music.
At the end of workshop, Mr. Celik gave two concerts with
Necati Celik is married, has two children, and is currently
an active member of the Ministry of Culture's State Classical
Turkish Music Ensemble in Istanbul.