World Music Guitarist Serdar Karatekin to Release Video for Debut Solo Single “Huzur”

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Guitarist and composer Serdar Karatekin will release the music video for the first single of his solo career, “Huzur”, on December 2, 2014.

Guitarist and composer Serdar Karatekin will release the music video for the first single of his solo career, “Huzur”, on December 2, 2014. The triumph will be followed by the song’s official release on December 16, 2014, as well as a release event in Boulder, date TBD.

“Huzur,” which is a Turkish word for peace and tranquility, is an original song featuring a vivid guitar melody accompanied by bossa nova-inspired rhythms with elements of Flamenco, Latin and jazz music as well as improvisational female jazz vocals. Accordion dispersed throughout the song adds a touch of warmth to “Huzur,” while trumpet helps reinforce the emotional power of the song. The original work represents the artist’s perception of music as a means to help him find balance within and channel his strongest emotions.

The creation and production process for “Huzur” spanned multiple years, beginning in a dorm room in Boston in 2011 to its completion in Boulder in 2014. Karatekin recently filmed the music video for the song in the beach town of Wilmington, North Carolina.

“After releasing my first album in 2012 with my band Capricho, I took some time to reflect on my life and what music means to me. I was thinking about how there are so many distractions in the outside world, and if we pay attention to them all, we can get lost. I realized that making music helps me find a place of balance inside me – a place where I can channel my emotions and make peace with all the variables life brings. I understood how important that was for me. I wrote “Huzur” during this time of introspection. This piece of music is about me finding that inner peace and inner strength that compels me to pursue music and use it to share everything that is in my heart.”

"This release is a very big deal to me personally, because it is my first-ever release as a solo artist. “Huzur” is about me saying ‘yes’ to my on-going journey as a composer and guitarist and continuing to expose myself to new styles of music and new experiences so I can keep growing and expressing myself through my work.”

Inspired by elements of Flamenco, Latin, Turkish, Balkan, Middle Eastern, jazz, electronic and orchestral music, Serdar Karatekin creates a new sound that reflects his inventive impressions of the universe. Serdar’s compositions, which range from soulful meditations, to lively celebrations illustrate the many colors of his own personal journey as an artist and the intense universal human experience marked by joy, loss, love, heartbreak, self-discovery and rebirth.

Serdar grew up in Istanbul surrounded by a rich cultural heritage, where his imagination was piqued by the exotic sights and sounds of the city, as well as its creative community and music. He learned about Flamenco and fell in love with its magical, dynamic and dark rhythms and melodies, as well as its incorporation of dance and vocal elements that convey the deep passion of the art form. His immersion in the nuances of Flamenco guitar and music led him down the path of improvisation and composing his own pieces. In 2006, Serdar moved to Boston to study at MIT and soon formed the duo Capricho, which pioneered its own style of Flamenco-inspired world music incorporating elements from Cuban guajiras, Brazilian jazz, and even some reggae, which was embraced with enthusiasm by the local scene. Serdar’s work with Capricho allowed him to further refine his improvisational skills and expanded his creative world, reshaping his own voice as a composer and guitarist.

Karatekin now embarks on his new career as a solo artist with the release of “Huzur”. He continues to explore his artistic passion through new forms of music and discovers the many sounds that live inside him. For more information about Serdar Karatekin, his music and upcoming releases and performances, or to schedule an interview visit http://SerdarKaratekin.com and http://www.facebook.com/SerdarKaratekinMusic

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