- function: artistic director
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- WOMEX 2011
- WOMEX 2009
- WOMEX 2008
For many years Behsat Üvez worked with a number of dance groups and orchestras in Turkey. He was an instrumentalist and soloist with the Ankara State Ensemble for nine years, and the musical leader of the folkloristic dance and music ensemble Tüfem in Ankara. With these two groups he travelled all over the world, propagating Turkish music. Since 1989 he has worked as a musician and music teacher in the Netherlands.
Behsat is both singer and multi-instrumentalist. He plays the baglama (saz), cura, tar, kabak kemane (knee viol), violin, cümbüs (fretless lute), ud, mandolin en various percussion instruments. His expertise lies in Turkish, Balkan and Mediterranean music. Apart from solo- performances, he played in Orient Express, Ano Kato (Greek music), Cafe Barana and the Hasan Band. He has also participated in a great many experimental and international projects, such as Female Factory (1998, 1999 and 2000), 5-May project with the Metropol Orchestra (1998), Music Meeting (Nijmegen, 2000), Foundation Jazz Utrecht (2000-2001), the Culture Factory Amsterdam (1999-2000), Foundation Kulsan (2000), Circus Colourful City in Nijmegen (2001), Global Village Orchestra (2001 to present) and festival “Klap op de Vuurpijl”-NPS/Radio 4 with Alan Laurrilard`s Seafood plus (December 2001), Raiz met Fernando Lamerinihas (February 2003), Made in Holland (September, October 2003)
After receiving a composition assignment from the Foundation Music Meeting in 2002, Behsat and the clarinettist Steven Kamperman founded the innovating and very successful project ensemble Barana & Co. This speech-making ensemble performed at well-known Jazz and World music festivals like the Music Meeting Nijmegen (November 2002), SJU Jazz festival Utrecht (April 2003) and the VPRO festival Amsterdam (July 2003). In 2006 – 2007 Behsat is planning a theatre tour in the Netherlands and abroad with Barana & Co.