Neyzen Akagündüz Kutbay
Encounters with a remarkable man
online version of an essay for
Garfias once defined an ethnomusicologist as someone who used to be a musician. Those ethnomusicologist-musicians of us for whom one music is not enough will always owe a great debt to the worldwide fraternity of musicians who warmly embrace us as brothers and sisters.
In the spring of 1970 I departed from the University of Washington for Turkey to spend two years fieldwork there preparing to write my PhD dissertation under Garfiass guidance. From late-1970 through mid-1972, I learned the Turkish ney reed flute in Istanbul with master musician Akagündüz Kutbay.
last revised 21 September 2008