Turkish oud artist and composer Baha Yetkin grew up in Istanbul, the meeting point of two continents, and the prolific melting pot of European and Middle Eastern musical cultures. So, not very surprisingly, he was able to shape a very unique artistic style which embraced both Ottoman music and flamenco; which in return, paved the way for fruitful collaborations with Turkish and European masters of music like Mustafa Keser, İnci Çayırlı, Melihat Gülses, Petros Klampanis, Michalis Kouloumis and Çiğdem Aslan.
Yetkin also garnered attention as the first ever Turkish oud artist to be invited to play flamenco in Spain, and to give a solo recital at Royal Albert Hall. Furthermore, these milestone events were preceded and followed by performances at prominent concert venues in Turkey and Europe, such as Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, Lütfi Kırdar Meeting and Performance Hall and Zorlu Performing Art Center in Istanbul; Gongora Theatre in Cordoba; and Vortex Jazz Club and Green Note in London. He also performed in festivals like Alamar World Music Fest in Almeria, Garanti Jazz Festival in Istanbul and Rebetiko Carnaval in London.
Now based in London, Baha Yetkin builds up his performances with his meticulously written compositions which are an amalgamation of out-of-the-box improvisational thinking based on Ottoman music, complex rhythmic structures of flamenco, emotional dynamics, meditation, spirituality and wisdom.
Baha is a good musician and Oud player with a fine technique and great at deal of musical enthusiasm and vitality. His knowledge of Turkish music is remarkably good and he is also very proficient at playing and teaching the Oud.
Baha is an extremely talented and knowledged musician. He was one of my students in 2008-2010 for 2 years and he always displayed a very good performance, which has turned him into an extremely good musician and highly performed Oud player. He is also good at teaching Turkish music theories and Oud.
He has consistently demonstrated excellent skills as a musician. He is hardworking and responsible, the result of these characteristics makes him to be more successful at his work. Besides his outstanding musical abilities, he always has a wonderfully positive attitude about the work. – Sadık Kavas (on behalf of the Association)