Nomads of the Silk Road
Farzad leads TURKU on violin, ud, and vocals. A native of Gilan Province in northern
Persia, Farzad is a Persian violin master, having performed as lead violinist
Persian Royal Youth Orchestra, and was a featured violinist and composer on Iranian
State Radio. He is accompanied by Ted Monnich on the Turkish lutes, the saz and
Daveed Korup performing percussion on darabuka and zarb, Carla Monnich
performing percussion on davul, zil, and kasik, and coordinating TURKUs
TURKU was formed in 1996. Since then the group has performed throughout the
United States and embarked on international touring in 2001, performing at
National Cultural Festival (Sharq Taronalari) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
The band's members live in the Carolinas of the USA.
TURKUs music and video recordings have received broadcast exposure throughout
North America, Asia, and Europe. Reviews of the groups album Alleys of Istanbul
referred to Turkus improvisational style as virtuosic and upbeat.
dynamic stage production incorporating music and dance has been called the Central
Tales From a Turkish Tea House 1997 Self produced demo
Alleys of Istanbul 1998 Hittite Sun records
TURKU-Alive 1999 Concert Video 1999 Hittite Sun records
Nomads of the Silk Road 2000 Hittite Sun records
Nomads of the Silk Road live video 2000 Hittite Sun records
"Ozlem" 2004 Hittite Sun records