Category: Interviews

Elio Montanari, Italian architect and photographer

Interview with Elio Montanari by Tuğba Kibar/ Experience of Living Together in Istanbul / October 2010 Elio Montanari is an Italian architect and a photographer with a focus on buildings and physical structures and therefore the city itself in general. Living in Istanbul since 2002, Elio was married here for the first time of his life and plans to stay in Istanbul from now on. When one is posed the question related to the coexistence of various religious groups, family ties and neighbourhood relations are almost the only subject matter that is discussed. During my conversation with Elio, I came to realize that physicality of space in…

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Interview with Elif Shafak

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]15-19 October, 2008/ Today’s Culture (A Special Supplement By Today’s Daily News The Frankfurt Book Fair) Elif Şafak, a prominent Turkish novelist, spoke to Today’s Culture about her 15-year journey of writing, what literature means to her, where she sees herself in Turkish literature and what feeds her writing. In her first interview since giving birth to her second child, she announced that a new novel was on the way. Elif Şafak: Literature is a love, and, like every love, it is irrational.  I guess you aren’t going through postpartum depression this time like you experienced after your first pregnancy. Can you write? I haven’t experienced similar problems this time. Both the pregnancy…

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Halil Karaduman; one of the world’s leading “kanuni”.

November 23, 2008, Sunday / Published at Today's Daily News /By Tuğba KibarHalil Karaduman, one of the world's leading "kanuni" (those who play kanun, or Turkish zither), is known as a fabulous musician of unlimited talents who uses the kanun in a very dynamic way and with a great deal of ability.Having played kanun for decades, the wide range of music he makes has inspired many young kanun players to imitate him and has made the kanun an indispensable instrument in Turkish music and one of the most desired instruments in world music. Sunday's Zaman interviewed Karaduman, a kanun-playing genius. November 23, 2008, Sunday / Published at Today's…

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Kanun finds new life in the hands of skilled craftsmans

One of the unique characteristics of Kenan Özten's signature kanuns is that every piece is made by him and his apprentice Zafer Kibar.  November 02, 2008, Sunday/ Published at Today's Daily News The kanun, an oriental zither, is a music instrument unique to Turkish music and is painstakingly difficult to manufacture as it requires long labor and great expertise, says a veteran kanun-maker. Kenan Özten, one of the finest kanun-makers alive, explained to Sunday's Zaman that "while the kanun has been a traditional musical instrument in Turkey, we have started to see a great interest lately especially among our youth."What makes the kanun unique, he…

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