Tutti Music Presents

Cem Duruöz
in the US Release of his new CD
Treasures of Anatolia
Guitar Music from Turkey

Milford Center for the Arts, Milford, CT

- Recital with Turkish Music and more
- Lecture on the origins of Turkish music
- A short Turkish Folk dance class
- Reception and refreshments

Sunday November 15, 2009 5:00 PM
Tickets $20 purchase here,

or at the door if not sold out!

Turkish guitarist Duruoz presents the music of his native country Turkey, in this CD release event. The program will include selections from the CD, historical and stylistic information about the pieces, a short dance lesson to give a sense of Turkish Folk dancing and refreshments.

“Flawless classical technique, depth of color, long flowing lines…” wrote American Record Guide Music in Concert, one of the many accolades that guitarist Cem Duruöz has received from performers and critics alike.
Mr. Duruöz has performed in four continents in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Japan, France, Greece, Bosnia, Spain, the UK, Serbia, Kosovo, Poland, Mexico, throughout Turkey and the USA. His recent concert appearances include a return performance at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York in a program titled Guitar in Turkey, his UK premiere performance at the Purcell Room in London, his Concierto de Aranjuez performances with the Turkish National Symphony Orchestra, a French Baroque Concert at the prestigious Istanbul Festival, recitals at the Guitarras del Mundo Festival in Argentina,  Baščaršijske Noći Festival in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hondarribia Guitar Festival in France, Gliwice Guitar Festival in Poland, Ramon Noble Festival in Mexico and Semana de Guitarra Sainz de la Maza  in Spain as well as the World Premiere performance of the Concerto Anatolia by David Hahn in Texas.

Turkish born guitaristCem Duruöz (or “Gem” as pronounced in his native tongue) won the first prize in the Turkish National Guitar Competition at the age of seventeen and completedhis graduate studies at The Juilliard School with Sharon Isbin. As an enthusiastic educator, he has been teaching guitar performance at Wesleyan University in the USA. Web site: www.duruoz.com

Past Concerts

Tutti Music Presents

Fernando Espi

Center for the Arts New Haven
Broadway Street at Elm

"A Tarrega Celebration" with a winner of the Tarrega competition

Sunday April 26, 2009 3:00 PM
Tickets $15 at the door ($10 with student ID)


Spanish guitarist Espí presents the music of the 19th century Spanish composer Francisco Tárrega in celebration of his life and work.

"An emerging new talent...an outstanding guitarist of the new generation." Classical Guitar (2006) Considered "one of the greatest Spanish classical guitarist" and "between the most shining interpreters of the six strings", Fernando Espí was born in Jijona. He completed his advanced studies at the Alicante Conservatory under the direction of Professor José Tomás, winning the Extraordinary End-of-Course Prize in 1997. He also completed his postgraduate studies in Barcelona. At the same time he took part in different international courses under the supervision of important guitar players.

Tutti Music Presents

Cem Duruöz at Weill Recital Hall at

Carnegie Hall

"Guitar in Turkey"
Treasures of Anatolia

Sunday May 4, 2008 8:30 PM



Traditional Turkish Music
composed and arranged by
Cem Duruöz

and works by
Bekir Küçükay, Gilbert Biberian, Koray Sazlı, Erdem Helvacıoğlu and Ceyhun Şaklar

Tickets: $28, $32, available March 4, 2008, www.carnegiehall.org, 212-247-7800


Turkish American guitarist Cem Duruöz will return to Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in a recital featuring guitar music from Turkey. The program will include guitarist’s own arrangements of Turkish folkloric songs and dance music such as Batum, Yüksek Yüksek Tepelere, and Haydar, as well as his selections from Turkish Classical music, which initially was composed and played in the Ottoman Courts. Sultaniyegâh Sirto, and Nihavend Longa are the prime examples representing the genre.

The rest of the program will feature new music from Turkey written in various styles, giving the audience the opportunity to see a snapshot of the guitar scene in the country. Koray Sazlı’s Capriccio alla Danza and Ceyhun Şaklar’s Melancholic Prelude, are award-winning pieces from the Yıldız University guitar composition competition, which took place in 2002 in Istanbul. In The Cistern by Erdem Helvacıoğlu is an electro-acoustic piece imitating the sounds of the water drops in the historical Roman Cistern in the old part of Istanbul. Anatolian Suite, Bekir Küçükay’s folk music inspired original composition and Armenian Songs and Dances by Gilbert Biberian, British composer who was born in Istanbul, complete the program.



Cem Duruöz, Raul Jaurena

Tango Concert Tour in Turkey

Sunday April 29,2007 4:00pm
Ankara Music Festival

Tuesday May 1st, 2007 8:00pm
Babylon, Istanbul


Raul Jaurena, who is considered to be one of the world's most important bandoneón masters today and Turkish guitarist Cem Duruöz, who has been performing in four continents, will get together in a tango concert in Ankara Festival and Babylon Istanbul.

After performing with Astor Piazzolla at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Raul Jaurena reached international fame and has been continuing Piazzolla's "Nuevo Tango" movement. Jaurena, who created his own language by incorporating imrovisations and jazz elements into tango, has lead many tango groups and received a Grammy nomination with his CD "Tango Bar."

Cem Duruöz, a multi-faceted guitarist, released his solo guitar transcriptions of traditional tangos in his most recent CD “Desde el Alma”. He has recorded albums ranging from Baroque to Contemporary styles and has performed in prestigious halls such as the Carnegie Hall, in New York, CRR Hall in Istanbul, and appeared in guitar and music festivals in Turkey, Spain, France, Poland, Argentina, Brazil, Greece and the USA.

Jaurena and Duruöz will present a colorful program of Piazzolla’s works and traditional tangos with the tango passion.


"A Mediterranean Journey"

Camille Zamora, Cem Duruöz

Sunday April 25,2007 7:00pm
Herberger Theater, Phoenix Arizona

Internationally acclaimed performers, soprano Camille Zamora and guitarist Cem Duruöz will present a program of “A Mediterranean Journey” featuring Flamenco inspired music from Spain, Italian arias as well as Turkish and Sephardic folk songs. As a celebration of music around the world, they will also perform classical Argentine Tangos, which embody Spanish and Italian cultures in their roots in addition to indigenous and African rhythms.

Co-sponsored by the Turkish American Association of Arizona and the Bosphorus Art Project.

Show begins at 7 pm, reception to follow. Tickets are $25.00, $35.00 and $45.00 (additional fees may apply).


Turkish-American Guitarist Cem Duruöz

Tango CD Release Event

"A Celebration of Tango"

Music, Discussion, Dance


Saturday, September 16, 8:00pm
Milford Fine Arts Council
40 Railroad Avenue South, Milford, CT
Tickets: $15
Reservations: (203) 878 6647
Information: Dale Ellison, (203) 809 8445, info@tuttimusic.com

Wesleyan University guitar faculty Cem Duruöz will celebrate with his audience the US release of his tango CD “Desde el Alma – Tango Classics” in a tango extravaganza on September 16, 2006 at the MFAC Hall. The event will include his performance of the music from the CD, a dance exhibition, a slide show and discussion of tango and its history. Afterwards he will be available for signing CDs and the floor will be open for tango enthusiasts to dance.

Tango, the national dance of Argentina, was born at the end of 19th Century, as a synthesis of the immigrant cultures. Its musical origins included polka, mazurka and waltz from Europe, habanera from Cuba and various rhythms from Africa. In the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Buenos Aires, this music and various dance movements were brought together. Cem Duruöz's CD features a variety of tango styles such as the milonga and vals as well as some of the most famous tangos transcribed using the interpretations of the legendary Argentine Tango orchestras of the 20th century.

Since his New York Carnegie Hall debut in 2004 Turkish born guitarist Cem Duruöz (or “Gem” as pronounced in his native tongue) has performed in festivals, recitals and radio/TV programs in Greece, France, Spain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Poland, Mexico, throughout Turkey and the United States. For detailed information please visit: www.duruoz.com


Philippe Bertaud

Sunday May 14,2006 4:00pm
First Church of Christ, Memorial Room
190 Court Street, Middletown
Suggested Donation : $12 at the door.

A musician without borders, Philippe Bertaud's compositions feature his inspiration by the music of Asia, South America and Europe.

In his First Church performance he will perform classics of the guitar repertoire by Villa-Lobos and de Falla. He will also bring some French air to Middletown with his own compositions as well as by his singing and playing some French songs.


Marcos Puña

Sunday March 12,2006 4:00pm
First Church of Christ, Memorial Room
190 Court Street, Middletown
Suggested Donation : $12 at the door.

Review: Tutti Music guitar series launched with a fantastic concert by Marcos Puña, first prize winner in four international competitions and one of the most sought after guitarists in South America.

The Bolivian guitarist started his Middletown performance with three pieces by Baroque composer Weiss, widely known for his lute works. The arrangements worked perfectly well on the ten-string guitar and reflected the sensitivity and emotional maturity in Puña's playing. He then moved on to the music of Brazil first with a piece composed for him by Sevagnano, Milonga Pampeana, a work combining the Argentine Milonga Campera style with Brazilian idioms. The next Brazilian work written by Nogueira, combined his inspiration with the music of Bach and South American harmonies, reminiscent of Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasilieras. These works displayed Marcos Puña's control and expertise in the performance of South American Music.

The three Bolivian pieces that followed, delighted the audiences, La Procesion, Campanitas and Las Llamitas. His performance was refined, with a beautiful tone and exquisite technique. He conveyed the elaborate rhythmic structure of the music with facility and ease. Next Marcos Puña played three pieces by Spanish Composer Manuel de Falla, one of the most important representatives of impressionism in Spain. His music contains Flamenco idioms, combined with harmonies reminiscent of Debussy. Puña's interpretation with stylish rasgueados, accents and staccatos was exquisite.

The concert ended with Torroba's Sonatina. The composer who was well known for his Zarzuela's -a type of light Spanish Opera- was a favourite of Andres Segovia. Puña's virtuoso performance brought out all the colors in this beautiful music. As an encore he played a work featuring Andean music by Narciso Yepes, his inspiration for playing the ten-string guitar.

At the end, Marcos Puña received well deserved standing ovations from his Middletown audience for his inspiring world class performance. What a treat for our community!

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