As a result of studying different geographies with their own musical characteristic backgrounds, the Etni-ka band was founded with the aim of bringing together and synthesizing various stringed instruments including Sinan Ayyıldız’s ASLAN SAZI (lion saz) which is a two bodied instrument put together as one, and Serdar Deli’s kaval (a Turkish woodwind instrument) to blend the melodic structures of these geographies with the musical impact it has left in Turkey. The other members of the band include from the guitar family, Özgür Şahin, bass guitarist Ferruh Bonabian (Ersan Ergun for a certain period) and percussionist Ümit Kartal.
Although the band looks deep into different musical cultures from around the world in their repertoire, they concentrate mainly on various forms of music from Anatolia and neighbours of the Anatolian geography. By blending traditional music with their own style they have put together different instrumental melodies such as Surreya (Iran-Azerbaijan), Popuri (Georgia), Gankino Horo (Bulgaria), Macar Dance (Hungary-(Brahms), Laçin (Azerbaijan), Patuvanje (Macedonia) and Güzel Selanik) with more to list. This repertoire is intended to underline the strong bond and brotherhood of the melodic characteristics they all have.
Decorated with chaotic and unrepetitive improvisations, but at the same time sticking to ethnic elements, Etni-ka displays a different experience to the audience. With each member of the band playing their instrument uniquely, it takes the pieces and places it in a completely different place than its original geographical background.
For example a traditional melody from Kazakistan can be combined with a Irish song and blended with a Tokat (Turkey) melody and end up with a Selanik characterized song. This way the band can display a clear example of forms of music and cultural music interaction.
The band released its debut album Pangea in 2009 with Sinan Ayyıldız being the musical director.