A.G.A Trio / Meeting

Our debut album is released

You can order the album here

Arsen Petrosyan (Armenia) – Duduk

Mikail Yakut (Georgia/Turkey) – Accordion

Deniz Mahir Kartal (Turkey) – Kaval and Guitar

A.G.A stands for Armenia, Georgia, Anatolia

Throughout history, the regions of the South Caucasus and Anatolia have witnessed many
encounters, as well as separations. During peaceful times, the people of these regions danced hand in hand; during wars and genocide they sang lamentations in caravans. In its historical journey, the music of these areas has also come into contact with other societies, surviving up to the present day, having gone through various processes of change. This album reinterprets melodies that have been handed down across generations, with a novel perspective, by three musicians from Turkey, Armenia and Georgia.

When Denіz Mahіr Kartal travelled to Armenia’s capital, Yerevan, to work on his research project ‘Turkicized Armenian Music’ in the summer of 2017, he had in his backpack his kavals and melodies familiar to him from his childhood. During his time in Armenia, he collaborated with the duduk player Arsen Petrosyan and they started to work on some songs together. Soon after, they decided to not only research these songs but to perform them on stage and to record the fruits of their collaboration. Denіz Mahіr Kartal grew up in the eastern Black Sea region of Turkey where Georgian culture is still vibrant and alive. Arsen, on the other hand, had his roots in the Armenian community living in Georgia, and his family comes from Erzurum. These circumstances drew out a natural roadmap for the two, which led to the inclusion of Mіkaіl Yakut, a musician of Georgian descent.

The kaval in Turkey, duduk in Armenia, and accordion in Georgia are among the most common instruments in these countries. The natural harmony between these instruments create complementing timbres, thanks to the melodies of the shared roots in this album. In the same spirit, while building the repertoire for the album, the three musicians sought to focus on the mutual melodies they had all been introduced to in their childhoods, while also being attentive to the harmony between the themes and stories of the songs. The album also features solo tracks that present the three typical instruments, of their respective cultures, in the most plain and direct way.

These musicians believe that the peoples of this region will continue sharing and co-creating, while remaining aware of the impossibility of attributing their traditional music to any specific ethnicity. They hope that this album will help to blossom once again the shared melodies that have been the product of interaction between these peoples living together for centuries.

About us

DENİZ MAHİR KARTAL

Deniz Mahir Kartal was born in Istanbul in 1987. He studied Turkish folk dance at the Istanbul Technical University from 2005 to 2011. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree. Apart from dance, his passion above all is for music. Mahir plays the duduk, kaval and other traditional instruments, as well as saxophone and guitar. He has been making music since the age of five and is working on many projects which are dedicated to the most diverse musical genres, from Anatolian music to Balkan/ska/reggae to electronic music. He plays in different bands from Turkey, Sweden, Germany and the Czech Republic. Mahir has been living in Berlin since 2013. He has made many new contacts in the Berlin music scene and regularly gives concerts all over Europe. He is currently concentrating on his solo project ‚KafaNar‘, in which he creates a hypnotic danceable sound with his various instruments, vocals and loops.

MİKAİL YAKUT

Mikail Yakut was born in Bursa, Turkey in 1987. He played with all kinds of folk music groups (including folk music from Anatolia and the Caucasus) in Istanbul from 2002 to 2012. From 2007 to 2013, he studied sociology at Boğaziçi University Istanbul (2011-12 Erasmus scholarship at the Free University of Berlin). He studied music education, with accordion (classical) as his major subject and piano (jazz) as his minor subject at Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus from 2013 to 2018. Mikail Yakut is a member of „Thrace is the Place“, the „Heval Trio“ and „Blacksea – Balkans Line“. He also participates in various projects in the fields of theatre music, free improvisation and new music.

ARSEN PETROSYAN

Arsen Petrosyan is a young duduk master who has been honoured for his talent many times. He lives in Charentsavan, Armenia. As a musical child prodigy, he began his education at the age of six and learned to play the shvi, an Armenian wind instrument, with his mentor Krikor Khachtryan. He graduated from the Armenian State Conservatory of Komitas in Yerevan, where he studied under the famous duduk master Gevorg Dabaghyan. Despite his youth (he was born in 1994) Arsen Petrosyan is an accomplished professional musician who has already completed many tours. He has performed in the U.S.A., Russia, Canada, India, Spain, Germany, Georgia and, of course, in Armenia. At the moment, he is playing as a soloist with the Ynar Armenian Traditional Music Ensemble of Yerevan and performs with his own recently founded ensemble, the „Arsen Petrosyan Trio“. Arsen Petrosyan transcends the boundaries of traditional music. He invites his audience to take a journey that leads beyond Armenia to many countries. The world is at his feet. His diverse collaborations are impressive proof of this.

Video from A.G.A Trio

Video Credit : Karci Ibo