Performance: Alevi Music Group

Alevi Music Performers for the Contribution on the Turkish Aşık Tradition

Hasan Hüseyin Sarı started to take lessons in playing the long-necked lute saz, when he was only 11 years old. He received lessons by several Turkish musicians in Hamburg, among others Aşır Özek, Sedat Boyraz and Orhan Şimşek. Today, he himself gives saz classes in Hamburg, for example at the “Alevitische Gemeinde Hamburg e. V.”. Since a couple of years, Hasan Hüseyin Sarı performs at concerts and other public events and he acts as musician in Alevi rituals, mostly in Hamburg, but also in other German cities. 

From 1996 onwards, the brothers Malte and Benjamin Stueck had lessons in playing saz in the „Hamburger Alevitisches Kulturzentrum“ for a couple of years. Afterwards, they studied Turkish Music at the conservatory in Rotterdam, completed a five-year long private study by the Ethnomusicologist and saz virtuoso Talip Özkan in Paris and made several field trips to Turkey and Greece. Since 2007, they give saz lessons in Hamburg, for example at the “Staatliche Jugendmusikschule” and at the “Akademie Hamburg für Musik und Kultur”. Currently, they have their own music school for saz lessons and take part in several music projects such as the trio “Miras”, the saz quartet “Talipler” and the ensemble “Zimt”, the latter performing Jewish-Sephardic music.