The Akdeniz family has 3 brother: Rifat, Chihan and (well famous) Chetin. Together they assemble a unique and wonderful world in the music scene of Istanbul. Far from the city center, in the suburbs of the huge metropolis city, a small rotten 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, Anatolia 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 nowadays. Playing in over 400 discs, wrote dozens of pieces and exited Turkey with his gentle-melancholic playing. Chetin plays from the heart and the audience just loves it!
After you found their workshop, you’ll be disappointed to hear a saz or 2. But the truth is that the Akdeniz brothers 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 imagine in your wildest 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: