Devotional poetry set to music known as ilahiler has been used in Turkey for centuries during Muslim ceremonies. From as early as the twelfth century to the present day, both Muslim men and women sing ilahiler as a spiritual practice for remembrance and engagement with the Divine Presence.

Traditionally in urban settings, ilahiler were accompanied by small or large orchestras of various stringed and reed instruments along with percussionists and choirs. Also in the ilahiler tradition, there have been ashiklar, or traveling troubadours on acoustic folk instruments roaming the countryside, bringing the message of love and longing to ignite the hearts of every day people. Zevk Ensemble follows the pattern of this latter tradition.

The poetry emphasizes love of God, His Messenger Muhammed, His saints and all of humanity. Predominant themes are spiritual tolerance, endurance, forgiveness and peace. Some poets represented are the great literary and spiritual personalities of Yunus Emre, Ummi Sinan, Niyazi Misri, Pir Sultan Abdul and Aziz Mahmud Hudai.

Zevk Ensemble also performs a repetoire of Arabic nasheeds, another genre of devotional music, and musical poetry from the Sephardim or Spanish Jews.

We are endlessly grateful for the talents and inspirations of other musical artists that have contributed to the following recordings for sale. Their names are credited on each collection. Please enjoy a download sample from each album.



Zevk Ensemble CD's

Roses, Nothing But Roses (CD)
Turkish ilahis

  1. Yar Yüreğim Yar

  2. Seyrimde Bir Şehre Vardım

  3. Bilmem Nideyim

  4. Sevdim Seni

  5. Nice Bir Uyursun

  6. Bağrımdaki Biten Başlar

  7. Şol Cennetin Irmakları

  8. Nur-i Cemali

  9. Mest-i Hayranım


This Heart Burns Like a Brazier (CD)
Turkish ilahis recorded in Albania

  1. Allah Hayy Taksim

  2. Şeyhimin İlleri

  3. Veysel Karani

  4. Durmaz Lisanım/Ey Allahım

  5. Bendir Hu/Settar Allah

  6. Bülbüller Nazda

  7. Halımız Nola Mahşerde

  8. Segah Taksim/Aşkın Aldı Benden Beni

  9. Bunca Yıldır Bir Hiçliğe


My Problem Was My Solution (CD)
Turkish ilahis

  1. Tala'al badru alayna

  2. Erenlerin sohbeti

  3. Hak yolunda gidenlerin

  4. Ya Rabbi askin ver bana efendim

  5. Dolap nicin inilersin

  6. Canim kurban olsun

  7. Ilim ilim bilmektir

  8. Bulbuller nazda

  9. Bugun bize pir geldi

  10. Arayı Arayı bulsam izini

  11. Derman arardım derdime

  12. Canim Kurban Olsun


Straight Path to the Garden
Turkish ilahis

  1. Sordum Sari çiçeğe

  2. Bir Mahşerdir kopup gelen

  3. Hakk Aşikin olanların

  4. Bir Ismi Mustafa

  5. Senin Nurun

  6. Mustakim Yare

  7. Sadri Cemil mürselin

  8. Affet Isyanım benim

  9. Geydim Hirkayı


Yunus Emre: Because of Love for You
Turkish ilahis

  1. Sordum Sari çiçeğe

  2. Bilmem Nideyim

  3. Canim Kurban Olsun

  4. Veysel Karani

  5. Şeyhimin İlleri

  6. Dolap Nicin Inilersin

  7. Şol Cennetin Irmakları

  8. Seni Ben Severim

  9. Yar Yüreğim Yar

  10. Aşkın Aldı Benden Beni

  11. Ilim Ilim Bilmektir

  12. Arayi Arayi Bulsam Izini

  13. Canim Kurban Olsun


Mas Presto ven Palomba
Ladino ballads

  1. Los Bilbilicos

  2. La Prima Vez

  3. Por la tu Puerta

  4. Una Matica de Ruda

  5. Me Siento Alegre

  6. Ay Sarica Bre

  7. Adio Querida

  8. Morena me Llaman

  9. La Comida

  10. A la Una