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Anadolujet flights begin and end with Can Atilla’s compositions, which are inspired by the colors of this land.
Right before your Anadolujet takes off and after it lands, Can Atilla’s melodies start to accompany you. As Can Atilla represents New Age music in Turkey, it would be beneficial to provide a brief introduction to New Age before getting to know him closely.
New Age started to spread all around the world starting in the 1980s, like the ripples caused by a rock thrown in a pond. It is a musical style that aims to take inspiration from the ancient in order to say new things, a style constructed by producing a synthesis of the spiritual aspect people are continually feeling the absence of with the means available in music today, the timbres to which people today are accustomed, and ancient musical traditions. For instance, Loreena McKennitt drew attention not just in modern-day Ireland, but worldwide with her synthesis of ancient Celtic music adjusted to contemporary ears. Other New Age musicians that come to mind include such names as Kitaro, Vangelis, and Yanni.
Let’s get back to Can Atilla. Synthesizing Ottoman tradition with the means afforded by electronic music in New Age music, Can Atilla has been producing such work since “Cariyeler ve Geceler.” The theme first came to Can Atilla’s mind when he was composing the score for a play titled “Gayrı Resmi Hürrem.” Reading about Hürrem Sultan—also known as Princess Roxelana—of the Ottoman Empire, Can Atilla saw there were many events and people from that era he could be inspired by, and he intensified his efforts. Transferring the emotional impressions left upon him by historic events to notes, Can Atilla was deeply affected by Süleyman the Magnificent’s love for Roxelana. Besides Süleyman and Hürrem, Can Atilla’s compositions were given inspiration by many historical personalities such as Hayreddin Barbarossa and Piri Reis, nourishing listeners’ souls.
Whether in television, film, or theater, he expresses himself in every channel that needs music through his works. His compositions will inspire Anadolujet passengers, too.
WHO IS CAN ATILLA?
Born 1969 in Ankara, Can Atilla is a graduate of the State Conservatory of Ankara. He released his first album, “Bilinçaltı,” in 1992. He has been deemed worthy of numerous awards. One of Atilla’s compositions was chosen as the launch music for UEFA, and he also created a special composition for the ninetieth year of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.
THE EMPIRE TETRALOGY
Can Atilla’s “Empire Tetralogy,” comprised of compositions for which he was inspired by the Ottoman period, includes “Cariyeler ve Geceler” (2005), “1453 Sultanlar Aşkına” (2006), “Aşk-ı Hürrem” (2007) , and “Altın Çağ” (2010).
1453 FATİH AŞKINA
Inspired by the conquest of Istanbul, Can Atilla creates musical portraits of both Mehmed II and people who were part of his life. Comprised of fully instrumental pieces, the album tells the story of the conquest, which marked the end of one era and the beginning of another, and Istanbul from Can Atilla’s perspective.