In Okay Temiz's music, rhythmic Turkish folk and gypsy melodies fuse with international jazz. TRT World's follows the iconic jazz musician as he marks his 80th birthday. We look back on his exceptional life.
ISTANBUL, Turkey — "Turn up this machine's volume. It should sound amazing," Okay Temiz yells to the technicians as he prepares for the concert that will mark his 80th birthday here at Istanbul's Cemal Resit Rey Concert Ball. Temiz could almost be mistaken for a mechanic when he's onstage, as he tests the sound quality. Yet this highly tactile man has dedicated nearly half a century of his life to becoming one of Turkey's most renowned jazzmen.
Asked how he feels about his 80th birthday: "Nothing. I feel nothing, I am youthful. I have a childlike spirit."
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AUTHOR: Murat Sofuoglu
PHOTOGRAPHS: Jennifer Ciochon