I remember from Stereophile
magazine's recent interview with Dave Brubeck that he had a very "Mid Fi"
System. Generally musicians are not audiophiles but our world famous
contemporary and Jazz music composer and piano player Aydin Esen is one
of the very few exceptions.
Aydin's system fitted with the "magical"
Room Lenses (their inclusion dramatically enlarges the sound stage
and adds more air between instruments) occupies his main living room.
His American and also world class musician wife Randy K. is not audiophile
(difficult to have exceptions here) but still encourages Aydin with his
Aydin has a separate working room where
he's got his acoustic piano and his electronic music composition system,
adapted to an Apple Computer with Midi Software. He had us listen to one
of his latest compositions for 8 Pianos. He dreams to be able to play it
live accompanied with 7 other piano players. He is pictured (left) on action
with his 5 years old son Aykan (the missing drummer is expected to join
them in five months).
As we are in the virtual presence of an
exceptional musician, I will also make exception to the general format
of my introduction section and include below his and his wife Randy K.'s
very abridged CV's.
Born in Istanbul, started
playing piano at age 3 and took his first lessons from his trumpet player
father. He began an intensive study of music at the Istanbul Conservatory
of Music during the 1960's. After finishing the conservatory in 1980 with
first prize in Piano and Composition, he was invited to go to Oslo for
further studies in Piano, Composition and Conducting at the Norwegian State
Academy of Music. At the same time he toured with different groups around
Europe. Later in 1983, received an invitation from world famous Berklee
School of Music and went to USA. He finished Berklee in one year instead
of the normal four years awarded with a special Artist's Diploma for his
achievements in modern music and jazz. Around the same time he went to
New England Conservatory of Music and completed his Master's Degree. Since
the mid 1980's he has been performing, recording and touring with musicians
such as Miroslav Vitous, Woody Shaw, Randy K., Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes,
Anthony Jackson, Steve Smith, Peter Erskine, Tiger Okoshi, gary Burton,
Michel Portal, Trilok Gurtu and Eddie Gomez. One of the most important
of all his awards is the winning the First Prize at the International Piano
Competition in Paris in 1989. That same year, he recorded one of his most
important and famous albums "So Many Lifetimes" and received worldwide
Aydin Esen has just completed
the recording of his most recent CD called "Timescape" which is going to
be released in April 1999. The covers of 6 of his many CD's is pictured
on the left. Two of his compositions are included to Real
Book of Contemporary and Jazz Compositions: "Love's Haunts" and "Anadolu".
Randy K. Esen
Her background is classical.
Studied Voice in New England Conservatory and Oberlin Conservatory and
finished formal studies at the Jazz Department of the University of Massachusetts.
After that she met Aydin Esen in 1985 and since then they have been working
together. Randy claims that Aydin has been her best teacher and says that
Aydin thought her to be a Musician rather than a singer.
||Theta Data II
||Genesis Digital Lens
||Theta DSP II
|Mini Disc Player:
||Sony MDS-JE 510
||Marantz DR 700
||ARC LS2B Mk.II
||ProAc Response 2.5
||Van den Hul - Revelation
||Audioquest Optilink Z, Sraightwire Coax
||MIT Z Cord II
||Argent Room Lens
about his System:
AA: "Aydin, how would you describe
your system's sound?"
AE: "Clear and open sounding. The
speakers are sounding much b than they look and the system has an excellent
AA: "Do you think there is room
AE: "I have no complaints at all."
AA: "Have you got plans for upgrading?"
AE: "I would like to try and see
the result with a tube power amp. Also I'm planning to buy a turntable