Zülfü Livaneli

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Zülfü Livaneli
Born 1946 (age 67–68)
Ilgın, Konya Province, Turkey
Occupation Novelist, composer, politician
Livaneli's Official Website

Ömer Zülfü Livaneli (born 1946) is a best-selling Turkish author and composer who has been highly popular for decades. He is also a prominent social-democrat politician and was a member of the Turkish parliament for one term.

He is most known for his best-selling novels such as "Bliss" which won Barnes & Nobel's "Discovery of Great New Writers" award in 2003, and his critically acclaimed "Serenade for Nadia", "Leyla's House", and "My Brother's Story", which were all translated into 37 languages and won numerous Turkish and International literary awards, and were highly praised by prominent literary critics around the world. Livaneli's novels have been turned into theatrical movies, stage plays, and operas.

Livaneli is also known for his contemporary music, in much the same way as Bob Dylan and his contemporaries in the United States were in the 60's. His 1997 Ankara concert was attended by no less than 500 thousand people. His collaborations with Mikis Theodorakis of Greece have been noted as a gesture of bringing together the two countries. Livaneli has been a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador since 1996.

Livaneli has composed some three hundred songs, a rhapsody –recorded by London Symphony Orchestra–, and a ballet. His compositions have reached cult status nationwide and have been performed by internationally renowned artists such as Joan Baez, Maria Farantouri, María del Mar Bonet, Udo Lindenberg, Haris Alexiou, Jocelyn B. Smith, and Kate Westbrook. He has also written five plays and thirty film soundtracks. Among these soundtracks are the soundtrack for "Yol" (The Path), directed by Yilmaz Güney and winner of the Golden Palm in Cannes Film Festival, "The Herd", directed by Yılmaz Güney and Zeki Ökten, and "Shirin's Wedding" by German director Helma Sanders-Brahms. His recordings have been published in the USA, Sweden, Germany, Holland and France, and he has given dozens of concerts throughout the world. He has produced albums and performed with Mikis Theodorakis and Maria Farantouri, and he has also collaborated with Manos Hatzidakis, Giora Feidman, Inti-Illimani and Ángel Parra. In 2010, he sang 'Mothers of The Disappeared' with Bono at U2's concert in Istanbul, Turkey, which was U2's first-ever concert in Istanbul. Livaneli has been distinguished with the awards Best Album of the Year (Greece), the Edison Award (Holland), and Best Album of the Year (Music Critics Guild of Germany), and the "Premio Luigi Tenco" Best Songwriter Award, San Remo, Italy, in 1999, among others. The Biggest thing he has done in Turkish music was having in Ankara Hippdome 500.000 people in a Concert in May,19,1997. Istanbul Konseri 1984 which made history to this day Livaneli has made his music great and always liked Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The albums he has done all of them are still good. Livaneli started playing music and saz in 1971. 1980s Livaneli had the best year of music and even playing Saz (Bağlama). Livaneli Has Concerts in Canada 2012, U.S. 2011, 2012. England 1996, 2012. Austrella 1980s 2014 and more parts of the world.

Political life[edit]

Apart from his remarkable career as an artist, Livaneli was highly influential in Turkish politics over the last thirty years. In the 2002 Turkish elections, Livaneli was elected to the Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi (Grand National Assembly of Turkey) as a Deputy for Istanbul for the Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi (CHP). Livaneli resigned from the CHP in early 2005, however, in protest at "CHP's non-democratic and authoritarian system of politics",[1][2]

During his political career in Ankara, Livaneli presented a legislative proposal for amending Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code. The amendment proposed that the concept of "Turkishness" should be replaced with that of the "Turkish nation" which would put an emphasis on the concept of "nation" which, as formulated by the Republic, unites under its umbrella people of different origins. With this amendment, there would no more be a stress on the notion of Turkish race.

Besides this, in 2006 he presented a proposal to the National Assembly demanding that a commission be established in order to investigate the reasons for increasing violence and fanaticism among the youth; his proposal was accepted.

Following his resignation from the party membership, Livaneli continued in his position in the Grand National Assembly as an independent until the end of that term. He did not take part in the 2007 Turkish elections and appears politically inactive. He has since concentrated on his art, novels, and daily column.

Livaneli is a daily contributor as a columnist in the newspaper Vatan. Now Livaneli is have concerts and helping Turkey Getting Better.


Livaneli directed four feature films: Iron Earth, Copper Sky, Mist, Shahmaran and Veda. His film Iron Earth, Copper Sky was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.[3] Veda that based on the life of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is the last film written and directed by Zülfü Livaneli.

One of the most acclaimed Turkish films of the decade – and one of the first narrative films to tackle the highly charged subject of honor killings – Bliss was originally adopted from Livaneli's best-seller novel. The film, reviewed by New York Times as a consistently gripping, visually intoxicating film and standing as a landmark of contemporary Turkish cinema.

Other Informations About Zülfü Livaneli[edit]

Livaneli was in jail 3 times in Turkey around 1970s and 1980s. Livaneli singed songs with Mikis Theodorakis in 1986 Livaneli made an album called Güneş Topla Benim İçin with Theodorakis and in 1997 they had a concert in Germany and made a album called Togather.


  • Arafat'ta Bir Çocuk (A Child In Mount Arafat) (1978)
  • Orta Zekalılar Cenneti (The Heaven Of The Mediocre) (1991)
  • Diktatör ve Palyaço (The Dictator And The Clown) (1992)
  • Sosyalizm Öldü mü? (Is Socialism Dead?) (1994)
  • Engereğin Gözündeki Kamaşma (The Eunuch Of Constantinople) (1996)
  • Bir Kedi, Bir Adam, Bir Ölüm (Memory Of Snow) (2001)
  • Mutluluk (Bliss) (2002)
  • Gorbaçov'la Devrim Üstüne Konuşmalar (Conversations With Gorbachov On Revolution) (2003)
  • Leyla'nın Evi (Leyla's House) (2006)
  • Son Ada (The Last Island) (2008)
  • Sevdalim Hayat (Sevdalim Hayat) (2009)
  • Sanat Uzun, Hayat Kısa (Art is Long, Life is Short) (2010)
  • Serenad (Serenade) (2011)
  • Edebiyat Mutluluktur (Literature is Happiness) (2012)
  • Kardeşimin Hikayesi (My Brother's Story) (2013)

Partial discography[edit]

  • Chants Révolutionnaires Turcs - 1973
  • Eşkıya Dünyaya Hükümdar Olmaz - 1975
  • Merhaba - 1977
  • Nazım Türküsü - 1978
  • The Bus (OST) - 1978
  • Alamanya Beyleri - 1979
  • Atlının Türküsü - 1979
  • Günlerimiz – 1980
  • İnce Memet Türküsü – 1980
  • Maria Farandouri Livaneli Söylüyor – 1982
  • Yol (Soundtrack) – 1983
  • Eine Auswahl – 1983
  • Ada – 1983
  • İstanbul Konseri (Concert) – 1984
  • Güneş Topla Benim İçin – 1985
  • Livaneli / 10 Yılın Ezgisi – 1986
  • Zor Yıllar – 1986
  • Hoşgeldin Bebek – 1986
  • Gökyüzü Herkesindir – 1987
  • Soundtracks – 1988
  • Crossroads (New Age) – 1990
  • Saat 4 Yoksun – 1993
  • Neylersin – 1995
  • Yangın Yeri – 1996
  • Janus (Symphonic Poems) – 1996
  • Livaneli & Theodorakis : Together – 1997
  • Efsane Konserler – 1997
  • Nefesim Nefesine – 1998
  • New Age Rhapsody, London Symphony Orchestra Plays Livaneli - 1999
  • Unutulmayanlar – 1999
  • İlk Türküler – 2001
  • Hayata Dair - 2005
  • Efsane Konserler – 2006
  • 35. Yıl Konseri – 2008
  • Gökkuşağı Gönder Bana – 2013

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Preceded by
Gökçe Akçelik
Golden Orange Award
for Best Music Score

for Mutluluk
Succeeded by