You’ve no doubt heard how Turkey is a crossroads of the world-goods and cultures. One thing that didn’t make it all the way across? The clarinet.
Hüsnü Şenlendirici says, “The clarinet came to Turkey from the Balkans, but it didn’t quite make it to the Middle East. You hear it more in music from the Aegean part of Turkey.”
There, on Turkey’s western shore, is where Hüsnü Şenlendirici found his instrument.
“It’s a major part of the music of that region,” he says. “That’s where I’m from, and it’s been a part of my life since childhood.”
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