HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Çiğdem Okuyucu, Singer & Ud player

 

She grew up in a very musical family where many Turkish music instruments were available during her childhood. During her bachelors she became a member of METU Turkish Folk Music and Culture (THBT) student club where she learned many folk songs(tűrkű) and also improved her knowledge about forms, regional singing styles, folk dances and cultural studies. She involved in many musical activities including festivals as well as her private concerts during her education in Middle East Technical University.

She continued her musical life after she moved to the Netherlands. She had three concerts in 2014 in Eindhoven with Okur Ensemble which had a fusion style music between western classical and turkish music. The year after she involved in Mevan project and performed at Rasa, Utrecht. She also had performances with Genetic Choir which is an improvisational vocal group in Amsterdam.

At the moment she a student of Rotterdam Conservatorium- Codarts since September 2015 and focusing her education on oud(ud). She lives in Rotterdam and continues her music career with different projects. One of them is Turkish Classical Music Sessions with Mehmet Polat at Mixtree, Amsterdam.