Neva Özgen
  • artist:Neva Özgen
  • featured artist:Ihsan Ozgen
  • release year:2001
  • style(s):Classical, Traditional
  • country:Turkey
  • formats:CD (Compact Disc)
  • record posted by:Golden Horn Records
  • label:Golden Horn Records
  • publisher:Seher Music Publishing (ASCAP)
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With the release of Legacy, kemence player Neva Ozgen's debut solo album, Golden Horn Records makes history with the first solo instrumental recording by a female artist in the Turkish classical music world.

With both classical compositions and inventive, exciting improvisations, Legacy is a celebration of both the traditions of the past and the possibilities of the future. Neva Ozgen has a firm belief in the importance of a musician to be well-versed in classical works, but an adventurous passion for the possibilities these classical forms hold for expansion through improvisation.

Legacy includes Neva Ozgen on the kemence accompanied by her father, Ihsan Ozgen, on the tanbur and rebab. Though all three instruments are traditional to Turkish classical music, this album once more breaks ground, as there exist only a very few previous recordings of the Turkish rebab. On Legacy, Neva and Ihsan Ozgen perform the taksim, the traditional Turkish art of improvisation, with the classical works of composers such as Nai Osman Dede, Neyzen Salih Dede, and Ismail Dede Efendi, among others.