Marhaba's newest addition on bowed and plucked double bass, Mike is a familiar musician on the Boston music scene playing with gypsy jazz trio Ameranouche as well as his own band Sol & Kiel. Mike is a graduate of Marlboro College in Vermont and has studied with various musicians such as W.A Mathieu, Stan Charkey and James Macdonald and has also studied with religious scholar Amer Latif. In addition to bass, Mike has also begun an exploration into usul (meter) and North Indian classical singing. Learn more about Mike's adventures at www.michaelharrist.com
M.Harrist picture courtesy of D. Simons
Primarily an ud player, Volkan also plays saz, ney, tanbur, kemençe and occasionally lends his voice to the vocal repertoire. Originally from Turkey, his vast knowledge and innate familiarity with this music has been crucial in helping craft our sound by bringing pieces to add to Orkestra Marhaba's repertoire. Volkan also plays with Cambridge Musiki Cemiyeti as well as other Turkish music groups in Boston and makes sure to keep Marhaba rehearsals and concerts well supplied with baklava. Currently Volkan is on a mission to combine his two greatest passions: electrical engineering and music.
V.Efe picture courtesy of A. Efe
By the 19th century the western violin increased in usage and today it has become a common and perhaps in some ways essential instrument in traditional Turkish ensembles as well as in folk and dance music.