The kabak kemane is a bowed instrument which was performed in local repertory in the mountain villages of Western Anatolia mostly by the Yörüks until 1950s before being performed at TRT. After taking place in Yurttan Sesler Ensemble at TRT, it started to be performed in folk songs of different regions, too.
Today, kabak kemane is an instrument which is mostly performed in the first position. Although the range of the instrument can reach at least two and a half octaves, it is seen that the highest pitch is used up to the octave La (A) especially in the performance of folk music instances.
Musical instruments are formed based on geographical, social and economic situations of the society, so they reflect cultural characteristics of the society in which they are performed. Kabak kemane is one of the bowed musical instruments representing Turkish culture as well.
Kabak kemane is one of the bowed string instruments performed in traditional Turkish folk music. By the time 1950’s, it had been mostly played by nomadic villagers living in mountain villages located in western Anatolia.
In this paper, it is aimed to introduce and discuss a master of Kabak Kemane and his artistry, who updated the tradition, made the instrument, which is one of the main elements of Turkish folk music with his creativity, and more specifically, the kabak kemane, according to the requirements of his time, and demonstrated our strength and power to keep the tradition alive with the kabak kemane he made.