“…pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on classical guitars…” Minor7th
“a magical blend that is no longer any one style, but instead a new and exciting polyglot.” Classical Guitar Magazine
Featuring Necati Emirzade and Mark Anderson, Duo Tandem is an instrumental guitar duo with an emphasis on story-telling through music which has captivated audiences with performances throughout the United States and Europe.
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Before You Wake – Duo Tandem
Yeşil Şiir – Duo Tandem
Cyprian Rhapsodies – Kemal Belevi
Schubert Impromptus, Op. 90 – Franz Schubert
John Henry – Duo Tandem
Turkish Suite – Kemal Belevi
Four Hypnosis – Garrett Ian Shazter
Suite Chypre – Kemal Belevi
Tuscany Scenes – Renaud Côté-Giguère
Watching The World Go By – Duo Tandem
Don’t Shut Your Eyes! – Duo Tandem
Do You Hear It Calling – Duo Tandem
Romance – Kemal Belevi
Two Valses – Kemal Belevi
Three Fragments – Kemal Belevi
Up! – Grant Ferris
Suite Retratos – Radames Gnattali
Two Pieces by Jobim – Antônio Carlos Jobim
Four Postcards – David Gottlieb
Romance sans paroles, Op. 12 – Louis Durey
Emirzade and Anderson formed Duo Tandem in 2012 while studying together at the prestigious San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In a union of two distinctive cultural backgrounds – Necati’s roots lie in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus while Mark’s home is Chicago – their shared artistic vision blends these influences into a unique musical voice.
Collaborating with composers as well as writing for themselves, they have compiled a far-reaching oeuvre of new music based on Old and New World stories and imagery .
Duo Tandem released its first album Sans Paroles, in 2015, and in 2018 they followed it with Watching the World Go By which was chosen as a ‘top 10’ album of 2018 by the editor of Classical Guitar Magazine, Blair Jackson.
In 2020 they will release an album of the guitar duo music of Cypriot composer Kemal Belevi on the Naxos label. Necati Emirzade, who grew up embedded in this music, explains how both he and Mark were irresistibly drawn to the way in which compositions, which Belevi grounds in popular Cypriot melodies, are reimagined within the sound world of classical composition.
“It is my love of that heritage, and Belevi’s skilful and moving recreation of its music, that lies at the heart of why, for us, this is such an important and exciting album.”
As well as blending music from different cultural traditions, Duo Tandem also experiment with incorporating other art forms in their work. They have used contemporary dance choreography in their video recordings and live painting during their concert performances.
Duo Tandem were honoured to perform before President Mustafa Akinci and a sold out crowd at the historic Bellapais Abbey in North Cyprus.