The Kemence-Player DERYA TUERKAN belonged to the oriental musicians who recorded Alexandre Desplat’s film music for Argo. Born in Istanbul, he studied the bowed lute Kemence at the Technical Conservatory. He performs regularly with diverse musical formations, like with his band Incesaz or as a member of an instrumental trio, touring frequently through Europe. Türkan often works as a film musician and was the musical director of the film Yahşi Batı, directed by Cem Yılmaz.
METIN METO was born in Istanbul and later moved to Vienna, where he studied at the Vienna University of Music. As a percussionist, he was a member of the intercultural band Wiener Tschuschenkapelle for several years. Numerous concert tours and studio recordings document his active cooperation with solo-artists, music- and dance groups. Meto is also often working for theatre and film.
MOHAMMAD KHODADADI is playing the Ney, an Arabian reed flute, which is often heard in Persian and Turkish music. Khodadadi comes from Iran und is currently studying classical composition in Linz, Austria.
MARWAN ABADO is playing the oriental short-necked lute, the Oud. The musician, composer and poet from Palestine moved to Vienna several years ago, where he is has released many CD-recordings.
ROOZBEH NAFISI performs on the traditional Persian cup-drum, the Tombak. Coming from Teheran, Nafisi studied musical theory and composition in the USA, in Germany, Japan and Austria. His compositions were already awarded with several prizes.
Singer GOLNAR SHAHYAR comes from Iran and has studied singing and guitar in Vienna, where she is active in the Austrian jazz and world music scene. Her band Sormeh made it to the top ten in Europe’s world music charts.