Composer / Arranger / Vocalist-Instrumentalist /
Music Educator / Music Director
MAHIR CAN KÜÇÜK
The Roads of Pamukkale ( A dedication to activism, tolerance and secularism )
As an old Turkish folk tradition, this piece begins with the hometown statement of Pamukkale (A UNESCO world heritage site in the city of Denizli). The theme of the song is prejudice, extremism, and apathy. The music features East Mediterranean traditions of odd meters and microtonality, performed by Berklee students with diverse cultural backgrounds.
Pamukkale Yolları //
Lyrics, Music, Arrangements: Mahir Can Küçük, Piano/Guitar Intro: Michael Stapleton
(English Subtitles Available)
-Matthew Nicholl , Executive director of Mediterranean Music Institute of Berklee College of Music
"His writing, in both traditional Turkish and contemporary styles, is fresh and creative."
- Steven Santoro, Berklee Vocal Faculty, Artist, Arranger, Producer "Soul of the Night"
"He has brought in quite a few traditional Turkish pieces as well as Western and Turkish Hybrid arrangements. I think he does a wonderful job in bringing the music of the two cultures together."
Mahir Can Küçük was born in Denizli, Turkey. His private teachers in Turkey were Timur Selçuk and Randy Esen. After receiving a degree in industrial design, he began his studies at Berklee, studying contemporary writing and production, and graduated with "Summa Cum Laude" honor.
Küçük has performed at and arranged for seven Berklee Performance Center concerts, with both his Turkish and Western music background. Additionally, he has also performed on campus recitals with his organic world fusion and Turkish music band "The Çay Party". With different versions of The Çay Party he has represented Berklee and Turkish music in several different Northeastern University festivals and Turkish Consulate of Boston's receptions since February 2015. He was the leader of "Music of Turkey" sections in Berklee International Folk Music Festival in 2016 and 2017.
Mahir won "Best Website Award" for his versatile portfolio and his presentation of it in 2017, and he received "Mediterranean Music Institute Achievement Award" in 2017 at the night of the Aynur Dogan concert which he arranged 3 of Aynur's songs.
In Berklee's Commencement Concert 2017, he was one of the 10 student arrangers and 3 male backing vocalists in front of 7.000 audience including honorary doctorate recipients such as Lionel Richie, and the Grammy President Neil Portnow. Additionally he had the honor to be chosen as the student to announce Lionel Richie.
Besides being a writer, arranger and producer, Küçük is a vocalist who features Western contemporary music, Turkish classical, traditional, and contemporary music in his repertoire. He is able to sing microtonally, with knowledge of Turkish and Egyptian microtonal tradition. He plays baglama, bass guitar, piano, guitar, and hand percussion.