Alper Kekec


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Alper Kekec was born in 15 February 1975 in Istanbul, Bakirkoy. He has moved to Trakya (North-West part of Turkey) with his family and lived there until 18. After finishing his Highschool he moved to Izmir. He has first introduced with music in early ages playing Baglama (turkish folk guitar) after a mandolin education at school. In 1995 he entered to Ege University Conservatory and studied “tar” (Azerbaijan folk guitar). After awhile he introduced with percussions and went on his music career with rhythm instruments. He has recorded 2 albums with band called “Umuda Ezgi” He has played percussion and drum in many music styles and many albums recording. He has played almost all folk music singers in Turkey. In 2004 he was accepted to West African department of Amsterdam Conservatory. Last year he started recording his solo album and completed it. Now he is teaching Percussion at Rotterdam and Amsterdam Conservatories and going on working as a concert musician. Alper plays: darbuka (goblet drums), double headed drum, Frame Drum, Cajon, riqq, djembe, drum set, lavta (lute), baglama + vocal.

He use to play with Holland Symfonia Orkest, Metropole Orkest, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Studio recordings with several Dutch musicians, Studio recordings with Drums United (one album produced), album with Erkan Ogur and Axes ensemble MedCezir, studiorecordings (for example “Wereld Kinder Festival”, “CompoKids Project, lastly recording Album with Nederland Blazers Ensemble, played with many famous world musicians. (Husnu Senlendirici, Driss El Maloumi, Farid Ghannam, Hind Larousi, Aly N’Diaye Rose etc.).

Nowadays still playing with Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Drums United, Artvark, 4 beat, Tombaz Ensemble and Sharqi Blues.


* baglama and percussion teacher at “Aslan Muziekcentrum”,Amsterdam, since 2004
* lecturer at the Conservatoire of Amsterdam, since 2006
* lecturer at Turkish music department of CODARTS , Rotterdam, Since november 2006
* Studiorecordings (for example “Wereld Kinder Festival”, “CompoKids Project”)
* Album realised with the Axes Ensemble and Drums United
* world music series with Cameleon