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by The Secret Trio

Redefines and expands the traditional roles of the their instruments (oud, kanun, and clarinet) with unique arrangements of original, Middle-Eastern folk, and western classical music.
Genre: World: Turkish contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Homecoming
4:23 album only
2. Benim Karanlik Yanim (My Dark Place)
5:29 album only
3. Of Song and Silence
5:18 album only
4. Ah Le Yar Yar
6:38 album only
5. Woodstock
5:42 album only
6. Picture
5:15 album only
7. Sinanay
5:08 album only
8. Moments
7:47 album only
9. The Last Sultan
4:13 album only
10. Prelude in E Minor
3:13 album only
11. Hungarian Dance
2:49 album only
12. My Dark Place
5:09 album only


Album Notes
While the music of The Secret Trio is mostly rooted in the Middle East, the western concepts of harmony and counterpoint, as well as jazz-like improvisation play a crucial role. This diversity is also represented in the members’ cultural identities. Their music expresses not only the world as they see it, but also the world as they wish it could be. They perform to satisfy their musical dreams, hence the name “Secret Trio,” but welcome those who agree with their vision.
In the early days of the recording industry, most music was recorded without drums, as their violent burst of sound would make the needle jump out of the 78-rpm records’ grooves. This placed a great emphasis on string players to provide strong and steady rhythmic accompaniment. Similarly, the absent instrument in The Secret Trio, the drum, is implied in the rhythmic interplay between the kanun and the ud.
Kanun player Tamer Pınarbaşı has uniquely mastered a msrab(pick)-less technique. Combining this with his vast knowledge of both the eastern makam (modal) system and western harmony, he provides the group with whatever it needs: bass and rhythm (Homecoming), chords (Prelude in E Minor), arpeggios (Of Song And Silence), compositions (Woodstock and The Last Sultan), and improvisation (Moments). In his hands, the kanun has become as versatile as the piano.
In his early years, clarinetist İsmail Lumanovski was exposed to Balkan and Middle Eastern music. A child prodigy, he expanded his musical language to include western classical, graduating from The Juilliard School in New York, one of the world’s most prestigious musical institutions, with honors. His unique approach is on display in Brahms’s Hungarian Dance #5. He too navigates easily from east to west, sometimes within the same song (Şinanay). This is also amply displayed in his exciting group (with Tamer), The New York Gypsy All Stars.
Ud player Ara Dinkjian is best known for his compositions and pioneering world music group, Night Ark. Like Tamer and İsmail, he studied western music while learning eastern music from his father, singer Onnik Dinkjian and his vast collection of taş plaks (“stone disks” or 78-rpm records). Many of his pieces depict events in his life, such as Moments, which recalls a painful phone call in which he was informed of a friend’s death. He remains grateful to have music in his life to express these experiences.
Dinkjian has not recorded his two most famous compositions, Picture (also known as Ağladıkça and Meno Ektos) and Homecoming (also known as Sarışın and Dinata Dinata) since their appearance on Night Ark’s debut release in 1986. Here they receive updated arrangements, with Picture featuring the incomparable Erkan Oğur on kopuz. In Benim Karanlık Yarim (My Dark Place), legendary artist Sezen Aksu has written an intensely personal lyric to Dinkjian’s melody. Her heartfelt performance brings to mind their 1991 collaboration, Vazgeçtim.



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