• About
  • Mehmet Polat is an accomplished ud player, composer, ensemble leader and soloist who tours internationally. From Africa to India, Persia to the Balkans, Contemporary to Jazz, he has been combining various musical genres with his Alevi Spiritual, Anatolian Folk and Ottoman classical music background. Through his improvisations, compositions and his own take on a variety of musical styles, Mehmet is constantly searching for new musical paths and inspiration. After many years of research, he invented his own technique to advance beyond the limitations of his traditional instrument. With this new left hand technique, he can play more advanced and modern pieces. He has also designed an ud with two extra bass strings to broaden the range and function of his instrument.
    Mehmet Polat is een vakkundige ud speler, componist, ensemble leider en solist die inmiddels vele internationale tours op zijn naam heeft staan. Van Afrika tot India, Perzië tot de Balkan, van modern tot jazz, hij combineert verschillende muziekstijlen met zijn Alevi spirituele, Anatolische volks- en Ottomaans klassieke muziekachtergrond. Via improvisatie, eigen composities en zijn blik op de verscheidenheid van muziekstijlen is Mehmet constant op zoek naar nieuwe muzikale paden en inspiratie. Na vele jaren van onderzoek, heeft hij een eigen techniek ontwikkeld om verder te kunnen kijken dan de beperkingen van zijn eens zo traditionele instrument. Met zijn nieuwe techniek voor de linkerhand speelt hij meer moderne en verder ontwikkelde muziekstukken. Ook heeft hij een eigen ud ontwikkeld met twee extra bassnaren om de reikwijdte en functie van zijn instrument te vergroten.
    Mehmet Polat est un musicien international accompli, joueur d'Oud virtuose, compositeur, meneur d'ensembles musicaux, et soloiste. De l'Afrique à l'Inde, de Perse aux Balkans, du jazz à la musique contemporaine, il marie les genres musicaux avec sa spiritualité Alevi et son expérience de la musique classique Ottomane et du folklore d'Anatolie. Dans ses improvisations, ses compositions, et son intégration de genres musicaux variés, Mehmet cherche constamment de nouvelles perspectives musicales. Après des années de recherche, il a inventé ses propres techniques pour dépasser les limites de son instrument. Sa technique de main gauche inédite permet de jouer des pièces modernes et innovantes. Il a aussi conçu un Oud avec 2 cordes de basse supplémentaires, pour élargir la palette de son instrument.
    Mehmet Polat, ud sazını günümüzün cok kultürlü müzik anlayışıyla bağdastırarak bir 'dünya vatandaşı' ve müzisyen kimliği sergiliyor. Gerek doğaclamalarında, gerekse yaptığı beste ve yorumlarında sürekli yeni arayışlar içerisinde ve yaratıcılığın sınırlarını her defasında yeniden aşma cabasındadır. Etkileşimleri sayesinde geniş bir müzik yelpazesine sahip olan müzisyen, enstrumanına da çok daha farklı bir perspektif getirmektedir. Afrika’dan Hindistan’a, Iran’dan Balkanlara, Modern Müzik’ten Caz’a birçok müzik tarzını, kökeni olan Alevi muziği, Urfa şehir müziği, Halk ve Klasik Türk müziği ile keyifli bir şekilde harmanlar. Yaptığı yıllar süren calışmalar sonucunda ilerlettiği 'geniş sol el tekniği'yle enstrumanı UD’un teknik sınırlarını da yeniden tanımlıyor. Uduna eklediği iki bas teliyle enstrumanında yeni bir çığır açıp, neredeyse kontrbas’in ulaşabildigi tüm bas seslere ulaşma imkanına kavuşmuştur. 2007’den beri Amsterdam’da yaşamakta olan müzisyen, yaptığı ve katıldığı çeşitli projelerle Dünyanın birçok ülkesinde konserler vermektedir.
    Mehmet Polat & Embracing Colours

    Photo made by Ali Çağlar Erdoğan.

     

    Ud player-composer Mehmet Polat brings together outstanding jazz musicians to form a brand new constellation of ud, drums, upright bass and accordion. After years of international touring with his ensembles inspired by the rich musical traditions of The Middle East, Africa, India, Europe and the Balkans, Polat is seeking out new jazzier ground for his modal jazz forms compositions. As always, Polat likes to leave plenty of room for improvisations in his pieces, resulting in an adventurous sound and a rich audience experience.

    Line-up:

    Mehmet Polat, Ud & Compositions
    Joan Terol Amigo, Drums
    Hendrik Müller, Upright Bass
    Bart Lelivelt, Accordion

  • Mehmet Polat Trio
  • The Mehmet Polat Trio is a contemporary constellation of ud, ney and kora virtuosos. They blend rich musical traditions of the Balkans, Middle East, Africa with a Modal Jazz approach. The trio performs compositions by ud player and trio leader, Mehmet Polat which give lots of room for improvisations. The result is a wholehearted, open sound that invites you on a sincere musical journey from the past to the innovative present.

    Mehmet Polat - ud & compositions
    Dymphi Peeters - kora
    Sinan Arat - ney
    Het Mehmet Polat Trio is een hedendaagse combinatie van ud, ney en kora virtuozen. Zij mengen rijke muzikale tradities van de Balkan, het Midden-Oosten en Afrika met een modale jazz aanpak. Het trio voert composities van ud-speler en trio leider Mehmet Polat uit, die veel ruimte geeft voor improvisaties. Het resultaat is een hartelijk, open geluid dat u uitnodigt om een oprechte muzikale reis van het verleden naar het innovatieve heden te maken.

    Mehmet Polat - ud & compositions
    Dymphi Peeters - kora
    Sinan Arat - ney
    Le Mehmet Polat Trio est une rencontre spirituelle et aventureuse de trois maitres d'instruments envoûtants: Ney, Kora et Oud. Avec leurs racines ancrées dans les traditions ancestrales de l'Empire Ottoman, d'Anatolie, des Balkans et d'Afrique de l'Ouest, ce trio vous invite à partager sa sincérité musicale. Les compositions originales sont colorées de groove et d'improvisations osées, incarnées dans l'atmosphère intime d'une musique de chambre. Le Mehmet Polat Trio vous invite dans un voyage musical authentique, des temps passés aux temps futurs.

    Mehmet Polat - ud & compositions
    Dymphi Peeters - kora
    Sinan Arat - ney
    Mehmet Polat (Trio) Üçlüsü kültürler arası yepyeni bir kapı aralayarak, Anadolu, Balkan ve Afrika, Latin Amerika ve Hindistan'in zengin müzik geleneklerini, Mehmet Polat'in Caz formundaki besteleri ve grubun doğaçlamaları ile birlestirerek sizleri geçmişten günümüze samimi bir müzik yolculuğa davet ediyor.

    Mehmet Polat - ud & besteler
    Dymphi Peeters - kora
    Sinan Arat - ney
    • CD's
     
  • NEWS
  • This is a perfect review! About Ageless garden, in Rootstime, Belgium.
    With a very deep insight, observation, lots of opinion and also information. Thank you Dani Heyvaert!

    (English version below)
    “Dat klinkt allemaal bijzonder geraffineerd en gevarieerd en het enige wat je, als luisteraar nodig hebt, is een stel ontvankelijke oren, zodat de intieme pracht van deze composities tenvolle kan doordringen. Ik zag Mehmet nooit live aan het werk, maar deze plaat maakt dat ik denk daar dringend wat te moeten aan doen: dit namelijk een heerlijke plaat, boordevol verrassende en oorstrelende wereldmuziek zonder enige grens.”

    “This all sounds specifically processed and varied. The only thing you need as a listener is a pair of receptive ears, so that the intimate splendor of these compositions can fully reach you out. I have never seen Mehmet live, but this album makes me think I need to do something about it: this is a beautiful album, full of surprises and ostentatious world music without any borders.”

    Full review, in Dutch:
    http://www.rootstime.be/index.html?http://www.rootstime.be/CD%20REVIEUW/2018/MA1/CD30.html

    Available via: http://mehmetpolat.bandcamp.com/album/ageless-garden-2

    Available in shops in Benelux via Xango Music: http://www.xangomusic.com/index.html?content=http%3A//www.xangomusic.com/cgi-bin/db/db.cgi%3Fdb%3Dxs%26uid%3Ddefault%26taal%3Den%26details%3D1%26ArtikelNr%3D109636
    Review in Rootstime

    Review in Jazzflits about my solo album Ageless garden. By Herman te Loo!

    “Muziek trekt zich voor hem niets van landsgrenzen aan. … Herkennen we ook aan andere muzikale invloeden de muzikale wereldburger in hem.”

    “His music does not face any political border. … We also recognize the musical world citizen in him, with other musical influences.”

    Excellent CD review from New York, about my latest album Ageless Garden!

    “One imagines the Oud weeping, as it tells its story in a language one understands only with the heart.”

    “The music here is clearly an intensely personal statement. The listener is allowed a privileged invitation into a world that one is almost hesitant to look at. The intimacy is almost painful, yet undeniably beautiful.”

    http://www.doobeedoobeedoo.info/2018/02/14/mehmet-polat-ageless-garden-cd-isssss-outttt

    Mehmet Polat _Ageless Garden” CD Isssss Outttt! » DooBeeDooBeeDoo NY

    Announcing my new ud album ‘Ageless garden’

    Dear friends and colleagues,

    After years of creative processing and tremendous work, my new ud album ‘Ageless garden’ is recorded and available for its listeners.

    ‘Music has been the best language with which to express my inner world for more than 30 years. And for the last 20 years, ud has been the main instrument on this journey. I composed these ten compositions during different phases of my life as a migrant musician. And I play them on this album through the lens of my vision of today.’

    Guest musicians on the album:

    Alper Kekec (Turkey) Darbuka, daf and frame drums
    Pasha Karami (Iran) Tombak
    Shaho Andalibi (Iran) Ney
    Yama Sarshar (Afghanistan) Tabla
    Zoumana Diarra (Mali) Kora

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    Buy the album via Bandcamp

    Buy via Paypal

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    The album is available on all digital platforms

    Available at music stores in Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg from 9th of February (distributed via Xango Music).

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    Save the date! Album presentation concert on 21st of February 20.30 in Podium Mozaiek, Amsterdam. See on Facebook.

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  • Mehmet Polat: info@mehmetpolat.net

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    Press release - Ageless garden
    Press release – Ageless garden
    Mehmet Polat – High res pictures:
    Mehmet Polat Solo