May 24, 2015, Sunday, 6:00 pm

Come join us for the Annual Turkish Music Concert of 2015!

Carleton University
Kailash Mital Theatre
Southam Hall
1125 Colonel By Drive

Admission: $20.00
Tickets: (613) 820-3906


Ismail Hakki Fencioglu was born in Turkey, in 1968, into a family with a rich musical tradition. He started playing "ud" professionally at the Municipal Conservatory of Bursa, in 1986. A year later he enrolled in the department of chant of State Conservatory of Istanbul Technical University. He worked with Alaeddin Yavasca, Bekir Sitki Sezgin and Tulin Yakarcelik, and he specialized in classical Turkish music singing techniques. While still a student, he gave many performances on television together with his teachers and solo. He was a member of the State Classical Turkish Music Chorus conducted by Nevzat Atlig. After earning his Bachelor's degree from the Conservatory, he started working as an arranger and composer in various audio recording studios.

He is also a master builder of musical instruments. Since his arrival in Canada in 2001, he has been conducting Turkish music choruses in Ottawa and in Montréal, that presented 20 successful joint concerts so far. Ismail Hakki Fencioglu regularly performs together with Jason Rosenblatt (Shtreiml). Their first album called "Fenci's Blues" has recently been released. He performed with the renowned Turkish musician Erkan Ogur at the "Festival du Monde Arabe" and with Karen Young at the "Festival de Musique Multi-Montréal". In 2006 he performed in several concerts with the Peruvian artist Lucho Quequzana. He participated with Cirque du Soleil and has various recordings on Cirque du Soleil CDs.


Didem Başar Dermen was born in Istanbul in 1974. She enrolled in Istanbul Technical University Conservatory as a kanun student in 1985. After getting her baccalaureate she started teaching harmony and solfej at the same university. She completed her master's degree on Islamic studies in Marmara University in 1999. Same year she started to play in the Istanbul State Symphonic Orchestra. She performed with modern string ensemble as soloist kanun player both at home and abroad. She produced a radio program and performed it herself, reaching vast audiences. She was one of the members of Tango Turca which was founded by Mutlu Torun. While she was teaching at the university, she was also performing at Istanbul State Radio station. In 2007, she moved to Canada on account of her husband's business and became a member of Fenci's Ensemble.


Born in Québec and raised in western Canada before her return to Montréal, Brigitte Dajczer's music is a reflection of her fragmented identity: a hybrid of songs written in French and English, all accompanied by her fervent violin firmly rooted in eastern European and Romani folk sounds, learned from the days her father played the piano to put the children to sleep. Previously nominated for honours from the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Quebec's ADISQ, Briga was recently awarded the 2013 Galaxie Rising Star Award. Her third CD release, "Wake," is a concept album exploring her father's mysterious Polish/Jewish roots. The album showcases Briga's signature Turbo Folk sound, wrapped up in heavy Balkan & Morrocan grooves, and polished with lamenting judeo-arabic strings.


Bertil Schulrabe is a drummer and percussionist having at his credit thirty years of experiment. Versatility, rhythmic solidity as well as a good comprehension of musical forms make of him a musician in demand. He took part in about forty albums in different musical styles. Among the artists with whom he recorded and/or performed, one finds: Celine Dion, Nanette Workman, I Musici, Angèle Dubeau, Mory Kante, Boule Noire, Marie-Chantal Toupin, Lynda Thalie, OktoÉcho, Annie Brocoli, Jean-Pierre Zanella, Marie-Denise Pelletier, Sylvain Cossette, . Also, Andre-Marie Tala and Queen Étéme, two great Cameroon's artists who worked in association with Manu Dibango, are part of the people he worked with.

Our History

Ottawa Turkish Music Chorus was founded in 2001. In 2006 it was incorporated as a non-profit organization, under the name of Ottawa Turkish Music Ensemble. The object of the Ensemble is to introduce and promote traditional Turkish music -classical and folkloric- and to work closely with other ethnic groups in Canada with the goal of building bonds of friendship around the idea of multiculturalism.

Past Concerts

May 18, 2013 Poster: EN

June 2, 2012 Asian Heritage Month 10th.Gala Concert Poster

April 30, 2011 Poster: EN

April 4, 2010 Posters: EN FR

September 19, 2009 Poster: EN

March 29, 2008 Posters: EN FR TR

November 18, 2006 Poster: EN-FR


April 4th, 2009

March 29th, 2008

November 18th, 2006


Koro 2011

Koro 2009

Koro 2008

Koro 2007

Koro 2006

Koro 2003


Montreal & Ottawa Choirs-Belki Bir Sabah Geleceksin

Montreal & Ottawa Choirs-Bahcemde Acilmaz

Ismail Fencioglu & Karen Young



Concert News @ Bizim Anadolu

Turkish Music Library