Fazil Say

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Birthday
14, 1970
Birthplace
Ankara, Turkey
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
14, 1970 (age 48)
Birthplace
Ankara, Turkey

About

Prolific and controversial composer who drew great inspiration from the folklore and traditions of his native Turkey. He was commissioned by the 2011 Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival to compose a clarinet concerto based on the legacy of Persian poet Omar Khayyam. It was performed by Sabine Meyer.

Before Fame

His first composition was a piano sonata, written in 1984 when he was 14.

Trivia

He became one in a long line of artists to receive a suspended 10-month jail term from an Istanbul court for allegedly insulting Muslims and Islam on Twitter.

Family Life

He was born into a Muslim family, but he later became an atheist.

Associated With

He used techniques for his 1997 piano composition "Black Earth" that are commonly associated with John Cage.