Tuzcuoğlu Mehmet Ali

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Tuzcuoğlu Mehmet Ali Efendi
Birth name Mehmet Ali Bey
Also known as Tuzcuoğlu
Born 19th century
Ottoman Empire Görele, Ottoman Empire
Origin Görele, Turkey
Died 1870s
Ottoman Empire Görele, Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey Görele, Giresun Province, Turkey)
Genres Kemençe
Occupation(s) Kemençe player
Years active 1870s
Associated acts Kodalak Halil Agha, Picoğlu Osman, Kemal İpşir, Mehmet Sırrı Öztürk, Katip Şadi

Tuzcuoğlu Mehmet Ali (Turkish: [tuzdʒuˈoːɫu ˈmeːmet ˈali], Ottoman Turkish: طوزجى اوغلى محمد على[citation needed]; born, lived and died in the 19th century, Görele, Ottoman Empire) was a Turkish kemençe player and horon music composer from Görele[1] in Giresun province. He is considered to be "the best kemenche player ever" by most of the people in the Eastern Black Sea Region in Turkey[citation needed].

Early life[edit]

There are a few sources and records mentioning Tuzcuoğlu. He was born in the town of Görele to Turkish parents in the 1800s and probably, he began playing kemençe at a very young age. He was a very talented player and was noted in Görele and neighbouring areas (Ağasar Valley, Tonya, Tirebolu etc.).

Musical compositions and legacy[edit]

"Tuzcuoğlu Horon havası" (a composition of his) is still played in Görele by kemençe players. He was also a kemençe tutor. He tutored Kodalak Halil Ağa who was the tutor of Picoğlu Osman.[2] His music has a strong influence on Eastern Black Sea Region kemençe players in Turkey. Even in Greece, his horon music is known as "horeftiko" by Rums who migrated from Turkey during population exchange between Turkey and Greece in the 1920s, .