INTRODUCING :FAHIR ATAKOGLU-FAHIR ATAKOGLU
A Native of Turkey ,born in Istanbul Turkey,,Fahir Atakoglu is an International award winning composer, and pianist, in the fields of large symphonic works and film music. His works have also been performed in various music festivals in Europe and across The United States to much acclaim.He is now finding a growing audience in Europe , Japan and in North America as well.
His sensitivity as a composer deeply moves the audience by his unique rhythmic, melodic and harmonic sense.His music reflects his extraordinary talent in blending different musical cultures which make his compositions speak with striking originality,and always wonderfully connected to the culture of his motherland.
Fahir Atakoglu, composed jingles, documentary and film music for many national and international productions Following his first album in 1994 he released 8 albums in 17 countries including USA and sold over a million copies.
His Ballet music ,"Agir Roman-East side Story"-about the Gypsies of Istanbul -choreographed by Aysun Aslan , for Istanbul State Opera and Ballet has been a sold out performance for over 3 years.He also composed "Alaadin's Luck and "Perfectly Persephone" for Imagination Stage. He also recently composed the Music For Brecht's "Caucasion Chalk Circle " for Open Circle Theather in Washington DC.
Amongst his many awards, he won First prize for Documentary at the Milano Film Festival 2000 for "Exile in Buyukada",Best Documantery 2003- Washington Independent Film Festival for "Desperate Hours" and the best Song Award of Mega Channel, Greece, 2002, with Telos Dios Telos, sold over 480.000copies.
He recently released his latest album "IF" with Horacio El Negro Hernandez and Anthony Jackson for his label Far&Here Music.
Ahmet Ertegun, of Atlantic Records, referred to Fahir Atakoglu as"...one of the outstanding pianists and composers in Europe today.... at the cutting edge of the world music."
statement by the artist(liner notes)
"...We all came to this world from a mother's womb;when we opened our eyes the very first time we were all naked,naive and without a sin.Whatever our colour,language or religion may be : we all started this life the same way...As one.
Let's give up our earthly desires to let live love and to live love asone.Whenever we look at each other,let our eyes first see that moment in life when we first opened them...so that every moment we live, we should remember our very first breath when we were all as one, to find tolerance and love..."