Kudsi Erguner

Kudsi Erguner is one of the foremost Ney (Turkish reed-flute) masters of our times and considered as an authority of traditional Sufi music. Based in Paris, musician, composer, musicologist, teacher and author Erguner has a restless innovative mind who introduced Ottoman and Sufi music to the world. Erguner has performed and collaborated with a wide range of internationally celebrated artists such as Robert Wilson, Peter Gabriel, Maurice Bejart, Carolyn Carlson, Peter Brook, Georges Aperghis, Didier Lockwood, Jean Michel Jarre, Michel Portal, Tony Gatliff, Marc Minkovsky, Alexandre Desplat, Bartabas, Sarkis, Christof Lauer, Michel Godard, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Markus Stockhausen, Nusret Fathi Ali Khan, Jordi Savall and Fazıl Say and with ensembles like the Hillard Ensemble and the New Ensemble. Erguner is also renowned for his collaboration with Peter Gabriel for the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ and Peter Brook's movie Meetings with Remarkable Men. He has written music for choreographers like Carolyn Carlson and Maurice Béjart; released more than hundred CDs; published four books. By documenting, reviving nearly forgotten musical tradition, he also initiated the renaissance of the Ottoman Classical and Sufi music in Turkey. In 2016 Erguner was designated as a UNESCO Artist for Peace.