“One morning I woke up to the burning desire to know about aboriginal peoples of Asia through songs in their endangered languages. That desire became a filmmaking journey across grasslands and islands, and a pilgrimage for spiritual connection with music. As an American singer-songwriter studying at Berklee with roots in Turkey, Greece and Central Asia it was imperative that I tell a story of the last performers of dying traditions from my own heritage.”
Dennis Aydemir is a 29 year-old Turkish-American musician, director, and a cross-continent cyclist. Born in Southern California in 1989 and raised in Istanbul, Aydemir started his music career at the age of 13 by giving guitar lessons. He spent his youth making and teaching music, and taking up analog photography. The year leading up to college he lived in Mexico City for 6 months attending UNAM for Spanish language and Mexican Folk Art studies, and spent three months biking 2500 miles from Málaga, Spain to Istanbul. He got accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston with a scholarship at the age of 21. During college he picked up Japanese, did volunteer work at juvenile detention centers, a local ramen shop and a Japanese-American kindergarten, while working at the Apple Store as a Mentor and Business Specialist.
In 2014, Aydemir attended a Huun Huur Tu concert at the First Church of Cambridge, MA where he decided to learn throat singing. He made plans to visit Tuva and other regions of Asia to discover music that he wouldn't be able to hear unless he went there. He created Time Travels Through Sound to contribute those songs, especially ones in endangered languages, to the music community, which he then filmed in seven countries across the Asian continent over the course of two years.
Dennis Aydemir is also the singing-songwriting frontman of the indie\art rock band 'Of The Bees'. He currently resides in Santa Cruz, California and travels across the US, Japan and Europe to make music while doing organic farming.
Berke Can Özcan is a drummer, producer and the founder of the record label 'Who Are We Who We Are' which is based in Istanbul. He has worked as a musical director and composer for numerous documentaries and films. Özcan leads an ever-evolving project, Big Beats Big Times, in which he collaborates with different drummers from all around the globe. He conducts one on one sessions called “Teke Tek” where each performance is given to one recipient who not only consumes the artistic product, but also takes part in its creation. Özcan’s wide set of performance equipment consists of various musical instruments he collected throughout the years as well as homemade sound-makers, broken and/or recycled materials; in brief anything that can make a sound. Some of the things he draws appreciates in life and inspires him are field recording devices, cassette players, prepared pianos, chess, and the full moon. In 2017 Özcan and Aydemir started making music together. They are currently active as a duo on Of the Bees.