'YAKAMOZ' describes the lighting up of the sea at night in moonlight that is evoked by fish or oar strokes. Equally as clear, is the name Ensemble FisFüz, which describes a picturesque and strong musical narrative. With obvious ease, The German-Turkish trio combines Oriental tone colours and the peculiarity of modern scales creatively with the most diverse rhythms to convey their unlimited joy! Multifaceted like lively water, their own compositions surge through spirited Mediterranean fizz and shadowy harbor-pubs to quiet and mysterious shores. The ensemble, founded by Annette Maye and Murat Coskun, is winner of the SWR-Worldmusic Award 1998 and played on international festivals in Northern- and Western Europe, the Balkans (among others Jazzfestival Sofia), Northern Africa and Iran (European Music Festival) etc.. Ensemble FisFüz has successfully performed at international festivals, leaving an impression on the hearts of its audience.
The ensemble FisFüz was established in 1995 in Freiburg/Breisgau. In the sunny, southern flair of this city which thanks to its location in the border triangle of Germany, France and Switzerland and thanks to its colourfully mixed population and academically influenced cityscape open for different cultures, Murat Coşkun and Annette Maye found a fast growing audience.
They initially began as as duet with darbuka and clarinet, played folk songs and dances from Turkey aswell as instrumental art-music from the Ottoman empire and grew one year later into a trio accompanied by the lute player Karim Othman-Hassan. The repertoire of the group expanded itself: along with the Turkish folk songs, music-pieces also came from Turkish shadow-theater, Greek and Arabic songs and instrumental music as well as the first self-compositions.
The ensemble FisFüz was complete in 1998 with Wolfgang Maye on the bass. The quartet quickly gained itself a high profile nationwide, toured throughout Northern and Southern Germany and won the 1998 SWR World-Music prize in Stuttgart. The ensemble FisFüz then began to also play on international stages: during performances in Austria and in Switzerland, concert-tours followed up in Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, France, Luxembourg and Portugal. Finally, they also crossed the European border to Morocco, Tunisia and Iran. Meanwhile, the band had changed its musical focus to performing self-compositions. The compositions originated from all band-members comparatively and were arranged together with continuous rehearsal. In 2001 to 2004 Michael Bornhak accompanied the ensemble FizFüz on the contrabass.
Since 2006, the ensemble FisFüz again plays as a trio together with the native Istanbul Ud player Gürkan Balkan. It is in this mold that the current program "Yakamoz" originated which can also be heard on the current album of the same title.