Tayfun Guttstadt

Tayfun Guttstadt

Tayfun Guttstadt is a musician, author and scholar based in Europe and the Middle East. He is known for his impressive live shows as well as his workshops and lectures on the Middle Eastern music.

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Tayfun Guttstadt regularly is on stage with his innovative solo-program or together with accomplished musicians from all around the world. He has played at various venues and events, including the Jewish Museum Berlin, the Greek- Turkish Art Alliance and the German Muslim Culture Days, among others.

On various occasions Tayfun Guttstadt has shared the stage with outstanding artists like Alan Bern, Özlem Taner, Yael Baddash, Mehmet Akbaş, Mahan Mirarab, Yinon Muallem and many more.

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Find the dates for a concert near you in the calendar right below!
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Middle Eastern Music in Practice & Theory

As a master of the reed flute Ney and an excelling academic on the field of Middle Eastern Music (M.A. in Religion & Culture, B.A. in Musicology and Middle Eastern Studies), Tayfun Guttstadt has established himself as a known lecturer at Universities and Cultural Institutions. These lectures cover academic and sophisticated courses on various aspects of the Music of the Middle East as well as practical workshops for musicians to get introduced to what the seemingly mysterious "Oriental Music" is really about.

The next workshop will take place at the Exploratorium Berlin and is open for everybody interested. In this weekend-long workshop we will explore various Makams and learn how to improvise in them. Between the practical sessions, theoretical aspects of Middle Eastern Music will be adressed and general Makam Theory presented.

All instruments and singers welcome. No knowledge of Middle Eastern Music required.

Make your reservation via email.

5-6 September, 2020
Saturday 11:00-19:00, Sunday 11:00-16:00.
Exploratorium Berlin
Fee: 110€ regular, 90€ reduced.

Tayfun Guttstadt has given lectures and/or workshops at:

Barenboim-Said Akademie

Practical introduction to Makam Music

Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg

Practical introduction to Makam Music, live and per Videostream

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

"Music of the Orient": a critical approach to musical variety between ethnicity and religion in the Middle East

Universität der Künste Berlin

Aesthetics of Islamic Music and Middle Eastern Music

Exploratorium Berlin

Practical introduction: Using Makam Music as a means for improvisation

Other Music Academy Weimar

(organizer of the festival Yiddish Summer Weimar)
Muslim & Jewish Music in practice

and many others…

Interested in a workshop or lecture at your institution? Get in contact.


Sufi Poetry meets Urban Sounds
Sussam gönül razı DEĞİL

Solo performance with iPad, voice and ney, combining sufi poetry, classical Middle Eastern music and urban sounds. Hüseyni Makam, Poetry by Fuzuli. Part of the "Long Night of World Religions", 8.02.2020, Thalia Theater Hamburg.

Sufi Poetry meets Urban Sounds
Ötme Bülbül

Solo performance with iPad, voice and ney, combining sufi poetry, classical Middle Eastern music and urban sounds. Hüzzam Makam, Poetry by Yunus Emre. Part of the "Long Night of World Religions", 8.02.2020, Thalia Theater Hamburg.

Jarnana Jarnane

feat. Merve Akyıldız & İrem Yüksel, video by Selim Aksan
An Albanian folk song, recorded in Antalya.

HİCAZ TAKSİM on fretless guitar

Taksim in Makam Hicaz on a modified classical guitar.
Frets have been removed by a luthier.



• B.A. Thesis on the Tonal System of Ottoman Music (German)

• M.A. Thesis on Music as a Means of Identity Construction for Syrians and Turks living in Germany


Tayfun Guttstadt writes thorough analysis and opinion pieces on various topics concerning Turkey and Europe.

Selected publications (in German):


• Gestrandet: Refugees in Turkey

• Çapulcu - The Gezi Protests 2013


• Die Zeit: Mit anderen Ohren hören

• NZZ: Die «Söhne des Islams» und die «Verräter»

• Qantara: Das verklärte Erbe des Kemalismus

• Qantara: Wider den Todeskult


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