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Ulaş Özdemir

Musician, ethnomusicologist, film score composer and writer Ulaş Özdemir was born in Maras in 1976. He studied musicology/ethnomusicology and earned his master/Phd degree from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul. He specializes in (ethno)musicology, organology and film music.

He has participated in a variety of concerts and lectures in Turkey and abroad, performing on the traditional instruments of Alevi-Bektasi music, dede sazı, bağlama and vocal. He has performed and recorded albums with Ali Akbar Moradi, Kayhan Kalhor, Azam Ali, Niyaz, and his latest group Forabandit with Sam Karpienia and Bijan Chemirani.

He worked at Kalan Muzik as producer and production director between 1997-2010.

He recorded several solo albums, compilations and soundtracks. He has composed film scores and written arrangements that employ a broad array of instruments, with references to various music cultures from his country.

He is the author of Şu Diyar-ı Gurbet Elde - Âşık Mücrimi’nin Yaşamı ve Şiirleri (2007, Pan Yayıncılık), Kimlik, Ritüel, Müzik İcrası: İstanbul Cemevlerinde Zakirlik Hizmeti (2016, Kolektif Kitap), Senden Gayrı Âşık mı Yoktur: 20. Yüzyıl Âşık Portreleri (2017, Kolektif Kitap) books and several scholarly articles. He is also co-editor of Diversity and Contact among Singer-Poet Traditions in Eastern Anatolia (2018, Ergon Verlag) book with Martin Greve, Wendelmoet Hamelink and Aesthetic and Performative Dimensions of Alevi Cultural Heritage (2020, Ergon Verlag) book with Martin Greve, Raoul Motika.

He is currently working at Istanbul University State Conservatory, Department of Musicology as staff member.