The roots of Ozan E. Aksoy’s dedication to music lie in his early childhood when his father began teaching him the art of bağlama (long-necked lute), an instrument of special symbolic importance for the Alevi minority in Turkey. He developed an interest in the multi-ethnic musical traditions of Turkey from the beginning of his music career in the Boğaziçi University Folklore Club, and became a member of the band
Türküler (‘Ballads of Fraternity’) from 1995 to 2002 as an arranger and performer. Ozan has recorded five albums including two Kurdish Diaspora musicians’ (namely Ali Baran and
Şexo), and given concerts all around Europe and Turkey with
Ballads of Fraternity, performing the local music of Anatolia, the Balkans and Caucasus.
He has pursued his enthusiasm for the different ethnic musical traditions of Turkey in various media, including producing a 2003 documentary called
The “Other” Voices for a TV channel in Turkey. Having studied in the Women’s Studies MA program at Istanbul University, he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Ethnomusicology at the Graduate Center, CUNY as a Chancellor’s Fellow.