Turkish musical ensemble "NEFES" was established in 1990 as a Turkish Folk Music group together with Finnish and Turkish musicians. During the times, different musicians took part in the group. While the group was searching its own style, not only the musical repertoire and knowledge increased but also a spirit of discovering the deep mystical meanings in Turkish music became a center concept...
Today, NEFES has 8 members consisting of amateur and professional musicians, from Finland, Turkey and New Zealand...

While the group has started with Turkish Folk Music, it is more and more that they show the courage to go into Classical Turkish Music and mysticism of Sufi music in our musical activity. Together, the group has a repertoire of over 100 musical pieces...

Because the aim of the group is to introduce the Turkish sound in it's most authentic form, NEFES has preserved it's acoustic structure, however, while, the melodic and rhythmic tones and modes of the musical pieces are kept as much as to their original feature, being a multicultural group by nature, innocent innovations were introduced and presented to our listeners backed with the support of hundreds of years of mystical, musical and cultural evaluation...

NEFES has participated and performed in various music festivals in different cities of Finland. Some of our notable performances include Kaustinen Folk Music Festival, Helsinki Festival, Savoy Theater performances in Helsinki with our own endeavor and the Mevlevi mystical performance in ETNO SOI festival, together with the wonderful Istanbul "Sema" Group, where its members include some of the most talented "Semazens" from Turkey...

The group has released an album "Fasl-I NEFES" in 1997. In 1998, the group has been chosen to be the "Best folk music group" by the Finnish Uusi Kansanmusiikki (New Folk Music) magazine...

NEFES, continues to participate in various performances in private occasions and festivals with the same passion and presents the best examples of Turkish music to Finnish music lovers. NEFES is currently working on a new project to release a new CD, together with "Maailman musiikki keskus- Global Music Center (www.globalmusic.fi).

Meet the band members:

John Millar - Ney and clarinetJohn Millar - Ney and clarinet

Murat Ermutlu - Bendir, DaireMurat Ermutlu - Bendir, Daire

Pekka Nylund - UdPekka Nylund - Ud

Kai Olander - Ney, Saxophone
Christer Hackmann - DarbukaKai Olander - Ney, Saxophone Christer Hackmann - DarbukaYonca Ermutlu - SingerYonca Ermutlu - Singer

Özen Erdinç - SingerÖzen Erdinç - Singer