Fazıl Say's song cycles "Ilk Şarkılar" and "Yeni Şarkılar" are very popular, especially in Turkey. The songs are based on texts by great Turkish writers and poets such as Nâzım Hikmet, Metin Altıok or Can Yücel. The Turkish mezzo-soprano Serenad Bağcan has recorded both song cycles with Say and is his regular musical partner.
From March 27, they will tour Europe together:
27. + 28.03.2023 London, Barbican
29.03.2023 Berlin, Konzerthaus
02.04.2023 Zurich, Tonhalle
27.05.2023 Hamburg, Laeiszhalle
Cellist Jamal Aliyev and percussionist Aykut Köselerli will also be performing in selected cities. In addition to Say's famous songs, his cello sonata "Four Cities" and his piano sonata "New Life" can also be heard.