Trio Üryan


Cello, saz, voice and percussion

Üryan (‘naked’ or ‘bare’ in Turkish) is the result of a meeting of three musicians with different musical backgrounds who together create a particular sound based on musical traditions from regions ranging from the Balkans to the Caucasus, with both arrangements and original works. Together on stage, they share their fascination for music in an intimate register.

Anatolia, a land where the sun rises from the east, an ancient ground of diverse traditions, flavours and colours, is the musical stage of Üryan. The three musicians of Üryan met in Lisbon, connected through a common passion for the music of this region. Coming from different cultural and musical backgrounds, the musicians explore new ways of entering into dialogue with their instruments, which each have a different performance history. Together, they create new arrangements and create space for creativity and improvisation in their performances. The songs presented in this programme share a sense of spirituality and of the fun side of life. Life and depth enter into dialogue in perfect harmony with “the laws of vibration and rhythm”.


Gulami Yesildal is a singer and multi-instrumentalist. Born in Turkey and educated in Holland and India, he came to Lisbon as part of a great musical journey through Europe. He plays ‘Saz’ (Turkey), ‘Oud’ (Middle East), ‘Tar’ (Iran) and ‘Sarod’ (India). Having moved to Mouraria four years ago, he has had the opportunity to participate in various projects in Lisbon and throughout the country.   


Tiago Santos is a multi-instrumentalist specialising in traditional Portuguese and oriental percussion and has collaborated with national and international artists in a wide range of musical styles and genres. Self-taught on wind and string instruments, he received musical training in jazz drums while also undertaking informal classes in sound design and recording concepts and techniques. His travels have facilitated the collection of phonographic material, several interviews and musical classes in Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Brazil, Turkey, Iran and Senegal.


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