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Bülent Sesler

’75 Keşan doğumluyum.

Yedi kuşak müzisyen bir aileden geliyorum. Ilkokul yaşlarinda başladığım müzisyenlik hayatimda 19 farkli ülkede 9/8lik Trakya Roman müzigini babam Selim Sesler ve diğer uluslarlarası etnik gruplarla farklı turne ve festivallerde gururla temsil ettim.
5 albümde çaldım. Fatih Akın’ın ‘2’ filminde, uluslararası gala konserlerinde, Cannes film festivalinde ve BBC’nin 10. Yıl kutlamalarında babamla sahne aldım.

‘7’ farklı ülkeden derlediğim repertuardan oluşan ilk albümüm ‘World Gypsy Music, Gypsy Sounds of Istanbul by Bulent Sesler’ 2008 yazında çıktı ve büyük ilgi gördü, TV programlarında sunuldu ve İstanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi’nce düzenlenen Medeniyet Geçitleri festivalinde kendi grubumla konser verdik. 3 çocuk babasıyım. Gypsy Jazz & klasik roman çeşitlemeleri uzerine albüm projelerim ve belgesel çalışmalarım devam ediyor…

Born in Keşan – the heaviest Gypsy populated town of Turkey – I moved to Istanbul when I was only 7 years old. Started to work at age of only ‘9’ as a street musician, I could not complete my primary school education…

Performing in many prestigious ethnic festivals and touring with my father in 19 different countries including USA & Canada, I had the great pleasure of meeting and performing amazing ethnic musicians, my encounters with whom added more flavors to my music. In my own debut album, I performed incredibly touching traditional songs from seven different countries, which are carefully balanced with instrumentally flawless interludes crafted by the master of various romany instruments with 6 other roman musicians all coming from the gypsy culture of the rich Thracien Region where I grew up.

Currently, I work for Balkan Music album as well as a documentary project about my own Family and its roots.
I would like to thank those who helped my dream to come to a reality with my own album and documentary film, especially Fatih Akın, a prominent director and a family friend, who let us perform in two internationally award-winning movies directed by himself (Head-On & Sound of Istanbul) and gave us the honorable opportunity to perform twice at Cannes Film Festival.

As a Turkish gypsy with seven generations of legendary musicians in my family on both mother & father side; I am proud to continue my documentary and music works in Keşan area.

Bülent Sesler

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