• 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
  • Great review about my album ‘Ageless garden’ from Turkey, Cazkolik (Jazz-coholic). A sum up quote:

    “Mehmet Polat is one of the frontiers who spreads ud over the continents and with a touch of adventurous jazz”

    Full review (in Turkish):

    “Ageless Garden” Ortadoğu toprakları, Mezopotamya mı? Ya da bir göçmen kuş misali Mehmet Polat’ın inip konduğu topraklar mı? Muhtemelen hepsi. Udî Mehmet Polat’ın son albümü “Ageless Garden” adını taşıyor ve çıkalı bir yıl oldu. İlginçtir, Polat’ın müzikleri Türkiye’den çok Avrupa’da yazılıp çiziliyor. Sağolsun sevgili Sevin abla (Okyay) haber vermese koşturmacanın içinde biz de gözden kaçırıyorduk.

    Son dönem adına world, etnik, yerel ne derseniz deyin tarzın yüzakı müzisyenlerinden biridir Mehmet Polat. Son otuz yılda ud ile yapılan müzikler birkaç öncü sanatçının elinde kökten evrimleşti. Geleneksel icra gitti yerine Afrika’nın batı ucundan Pakistan`a uzanan geniş mi geniş bir coğrafyanın sesi haline geldi. Bu sesin öncülerinden Polat udun olanaklarını merak edenlerin başında geliyor. Alevî, Anadolu, klasik Osmanlı müziğinden beslenen merkezi duyguyu yeni müzikal yollar ve ifade biçimleriyle genişletme arayışlarını sürdüren sanatçı cazın doğaçlama duygusuna en yoğun başvuran virtüözlerden. Bu uğurda, sol el tekniği dediği yeni bir icra tekniğine yöneldi. Modern parçaların icralarıyla enstrüman olarak udun işlevlerini artıran Polat icra tekniğini desteklemek amacıyla iki ekstra bas teli eklediği yeni bir enstrüman tasarladı. Bu teknik ve enstrüman sayesinde yeni albümünün son sırasında yeralan “An Anatolian Bulerias”, “A Wise Touch” ve 11 dakikalık uzunluğuyla “Something is Moving” gibi müzikal dili birkaç dini ve milleti kapsayan çok geniş coğrafyanın müziklerini ilham kaynağına dönüştürebiliyor. Öte yandan, cazın ucu açık maceraperest denizinde dinleyicisini de peşinden sürüklediği yeni müzikal deneyimler yaşayabiliyor.

    Son çalışması “Ageless Garden” için `son yirmi yılda hayatımın farklı aşamalarında bestelediğim müzikleri bugünkü vizyonumun objektifinden çalıyorum` diyen Polat’a albümünde Türk, İranlı, Afgan ve Malili sanatçı dostları eşlik ediyor. Darbuba, def gibi vurmalılarda Alper Kekeç, tombakta Pasha Karami, neyde Shaho Andalibi, tablada Yama Sarshar ve korada Zoumana Diarra’nın olduğu albüm Avrupa festivalleri ve konser salonlarında yoğun ilgi görüyor. Feridun Ertaşkan Cazkolik.com / 12 Ocak 2019, Cumartesi.

    Bu makale https://www.cazkolik.com/JazzliGundem/106745/ adresinden alınmıştır.

    Review in Cazkolik.com _Jazz_lı Gündem Jazzlı Gündem Yeni albüm yazısı_ Ud`un kaç teli var_

    Mehmet Polat is one of this era’s greatest composers and performers in Middle Eastern music. He plays a custom-made oud with extra low bass strings, which add both gravitas and lushness to an instrument which for thousands of years has channeled resonantly moody sounds. His latest album Ageless Garden, streaming at Spotify, is a characteristically eclectic, often haunting mix that draws not only on the bracing, chromatic Turkish maqam tradition but also on Iranian, Malian and flamenco sounds. It’s one of 2018’s best releases in any stye of music.

    The opening track, Hasret is essentially a one-chord jam, a tense, broodingly percussive theme dedicated to Hasret Gultekin, a promising Turkish musician maimed in a 1993 attack by extremists. Likewise, Aylan is an elegy for a Syrian refugee child who perished during an attempt to escape by boat. The starkness of the low strings give the intro to this steady, moody stroll the feel of a jazz bass solo over Alper Kekec’s flurrying percussion. Polat slowly and emphatically builds an upward drive, his incisive chords contrasting with darkly elegant cascades and hypnotic, circular phrasing. It ends unresolved.

    Polat opens the even more epic Hasbihal – which means “intense conversation” in both Turkish and Persian – with a spare, hauntingly improvisation built deftly around echo effects, a common device in classical Iranian music. From there Polat develops a theme that’s as catchy as it is somber, anchored by Pasha Karami’s slow, muted dumbek groove. The bass solo at the end is one of the album’s most luscious moments.

    Polat keeps the theme going, picking up the pace with his spiky phrasing and incisive strumming in Aftab, meaning “sun” in Persian. My Urfa is a shout-out to the musical cross-pollination that Polat’s Turkish hometown – a place he hasn’t been to for two decades – is known for. Over Kekec’s spare groove, Polat begins with a hypnotic, Iranian-flavored intro, then takes the music into darker, more chromatically edgy Arabic territory before a slight return.

    Polat explores his fascination with Indian music with the playfully upbeat, catchy Something Is Moving, Yama Sarchar’s tabla providing an unexpected 2/4 dancefloor stomp alongside the oud’s dancing microtones. Embrace It, with Shaho Andalibi on ney flute and Zoumana Diarra on kora, is a hypnotic, practically twelve-minute mashup of Iranian dastgahs and African beats, the ney’s breathy harmonics contrasting with the sparkle of the kora.

    Polat builds a slinky, funky groove in A Wise Touch, overdubbing a catchy, insistent tune over a muted series of bass riffs. In Solitude, another solo piece, is more spare, a series of variations on an enigmatically anthemic, downwardly stairstepping riff. The album’s final cut, An Anatolian Bulerias, sets flamencoish flurries from the oud over a flickering 7/8 drumbeat. On one hand, this album is an immersion in traditions that run deep, back through many centuries. On the other, Polat’s music is completely in the here and now and unlike anything else coming out of Turkey and the Middle East.

    Review in New York Music Daily

    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.”

  • Concerts
  • Date/Time Event
    19/02/2019
    8:15 pm
    Ziel/Rouh | ICK & Amsterdam Andalusich Orkest in Amsterdam
    Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Amsterdam
    20/02/2019
    8:15 pm
    Ziel/Rouh | ICK & Amsterdam Andalusich Orkest in Amsterdam
    Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Amsterdam
    05/03/2019
    8:00 pm
    Joke Hermsen - Tijd en Melancholie in Amsterdam (premiere)
    De Nieuwe Liefde, Amsterdam
    06/03/2019
    8:15 pm
    Ziel/Rouh | ICK & Amsterdam Andalusich Orkest in Utrecht
    Schouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht
    10/03/2019
    8:00 pm
    Joke Hermsen - Tijd en Melancholie in Deventer
    Theater Bouwkunde, Deventer
    12/03/2019
    8:15 pm
    Ziel/Rouh | ICK & Amsterdam Andalusich Orkest in Hoorn
    Schouwburg Het Park, Hoorn
    13/03/2019
    7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Wereldmuziek in de wijk - Featuring Aman Molli
    De Meevaart, Amsterdam
    16/03/2019
    8:00 pm
    Joke Hermsen - Tijd en Melancholie in Utrecht
    Schouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht
    17/03/2019
    All Day
    Ziel/Rouh | ICK & Amsterdam Andalusich Orkest in Amsterdam
    Meervaart, Amsterdam
    19/03/2019
    8:00 pm
    Joke Hermsen - Tijd en Melancholie in Gouda
    Goudse Schouwburg, Gouda
    See all
  • Media
  • Mehmet Polat Solo

  • PRESS
  • CONTACT
  • Mehmet Polat: info@mehmetpolat.net

    Bookings Germany,
    Austria & Switzerland

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    www.o-tonemusic.eu
    info@o-tonemusic.de
    +49 (0)641 9 48 8932

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