MERVE SALGAR tanbur-i
Born in Istanbul in 1990. She started studying music at the Turkish Conservatory of Music (ITU TMDK) in 2004. During her studies at the conservatory, she studied the tanbur (Turkish long-necked lute) with Sadun Aksüt. Between 2008 and 2011, she worked as a tanbur player at TRT (Turkish Radio and Television Company). In 2011, she came to Strasbourg to study and she is now pursuing her PhD in musicology at the University of Strasbourg. Although she plays a lot of Ottoman/Turkish music, she is always looking for new sounds and continues to explore improvised music. In 2016, she created with Zeynep Ayse Hatipoglu and Canfeza Gündüz the improvised music group "Savt". In 2019 they released their album "Birinci Hane" on the A.K. müzik label in Istanbul. In 2018 she created a duo with Ross Heselton and in 2021 they recorded an album "Health to Your Hands" which was released on the label Soleils Bleus. In 2020 she made improvised solo performances for Marina Abramovic's "Akıs/Flux" exhibition at Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul. She currently performs with ensembles such as SAVT, Karmanota, Sousta Politiki, Incredible Mektoub Orchestra, Dreieck interferences, Imbroglio, Klank.ist, collaborates with musicians from the improvised and traditional music scene and teaches at CFPM (Centre de Formation Professionnelle de la Musique) and CEDIM (Centre d'Enseignement et de Développement de l'Improvisation Musicale) in Strasbourg.