March 13, 2022 | Tolgahan Çoğulu, guitar & Ere Lievonen, Fokker organ

Concert Fokker organ | 2022-03-13, 13.30 hours | Small Hall - Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam

The microtones of Anatolia

In many styles of music, such as traditional Turkish music, a form of microtonality is a matter of course. This fits perfectly with the Fokker organ. Together with the Turkish guitarist Tolgahan Çoğulu, who developed an acoustic microtonal guitar, Fokker organist Ere Lievonen explores the world of traditional and modern Turkish music. Lievonen and Çoğulu perform folk music and new works by Selim Doğru and Ardashes Agoshian, among others.

Just as Adriaan Fokker sought a solution to the imperfection of the conventional 12-tone system in 1942, Tolgahan Çoğulu marveled at the inherent impurities of the classical guitar. Accustomed as he was to microtonal sound nuances, he decided to stop harassing his ears and do something about it. In 2008 the microtonal guitar with adjustable frets was a fact. An excellent musical partner for the Fokker organ.

You can order tickets at the box office of the Muziekgebouw.


Sunday 13 March 2022 (previously December 12, 2021), 13.30 hours |
Small Hall, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Prices: € 15,00 Normal | € 12,00 Stadspas | € 12,00 CJP |




Tolgahan Çoğulu, microtonal guitar

Ere Lievonen, Fokker organ

Cengiz Arslanpay, ney




Aşık Veysel (1894-1973) - Kara Toprak (arr. Ricardo Moyano)

Traditional Anatolian folk song - Yemen Türküsü (arr. Tolgahan Çoğulu)

Cinuçen Tanrıkorur (1938-2000) - Köyde Sabah (arr. Celil Refik Kaya)

Traditional Anatolian folk song - Fidayda (arr. Tolgahan Çoğulu)

Eric Roche (1967-2005) - The Perc U Lator

Tatyos Efendi - Kürdilihicazkar Saz Semaisi

Cengiz Arslanpay / Ere Lievonen - Nevaht (improvisation on ney and Fokker organ)

Ardashes Agoshian - Ode to a Dove (2021)   premiere

Cengiz Arslanpay - Kavşak (2021)   premiere


This concert was made possible in part by the Yunus Emre Institute.
Yunus Emre Institute (Turkish: Yunus Emre Enstitüsü) is the cultural institution of Turkey. The organization was founded in 2009 and has 64 centers worldwide in 53 countries. Through cultural diplomacy, the Institute aims to raise awareness of Turkish culture, support Turkish language learning and encourage more exchange in the fields of art, culture, science and education.




This concert is made possible by the support of: Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Gemeente Amsterdam (district East).

Also the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (renovation Fokker organ), the SNS REAAL Fonds (renovation Fokker organ) and the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ. Show our sponsors