The Akdeniz family has 3 brother: Rifat, Chihan and (well famous) Chetin. Together they assemble a uniuqe and wonderfull world in the music scene of Istanbul. Far from the city center, in the subburbs of the huge metropolin city, a small rottening sign is saying: Akdeniz Saz Evi. You are walking up the stairs and smelling the fresh smell of chopped wood. The best slices of wood are arriving here from all over Turkey, Anatolya in specific.
The job division is very clear: Rifat and Chian are building the instruments, and Chetin – plays, while plays is an understatement. Chetin (Cetin Akdeniz in turkish) is one of the most influencing musicians of nowdays. Playing in over 400 discs, wrote dosens of pieces and exited Turkey with his gentle-melancolic playing. Chetin plays from the heart and the audiance just loves it!
After you found their workshop, you’ll be disapointed to hear a saz or 2. But the truth is that the Akdeniz brothers alost don’t stock ready instruments. To them you got to come ready with clear specification. They want to know weather you want Solid wood, or to have ‘leaves’ style saz. What kind of wood? Decorations are warmly accepted, from mother of pearl coatings to gold and diamonds embedding. At Akdeniz, you tailor a saz as you have in your wetest dreams.
2 month later, and the saz is ready. Beginning is journey to your hands. At the end – we have here in Jerusalem, the best possible instruments in the world.
Here are some crumbs from our meeting with this saz guru: