Emam & Friends
(AKA Gary Haggerty)
oud, violin, saz, mandocello
Gari Hegedus has been performing traditional music from Ireland, Scotland,
France, Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa for the past twenty years. Gari performs
on a wide range of traditional instruments including: Oud [Middle Eastern Lute],
violin, Turkish Saz, Yayli Tambor, Irish pennywhistle, Mandocello and flute.
He began devoting his life to music with the study
of Celtic and Bretagne music. From there he was led eastward
into the intense practice and performance of Turkish classical
and Mevlevi ceremonial music.
He toured with the Mevlevi Dervish Order of America for several
years, and continues to participate in Turkish ceremonial and
devotional gatherings around the country.
Gari is widely sought after as a highly accomplished and versatile
recording and performing artist.
His repertoire and playing styles reach outward from Turkey
and Greece into the Arab lands, Iran and India.
Gari began his musical career with fiddle and mandolin, and had devoted
a decade of his life to the violin before learning of his
ancestral Hungarian name, Hegedus, meaning "violinist."
Gari's main instruments are the oud, violin, saz and mandocello,
yet his talent is also proficiently and soulfully expressed on
many other instruments, including the yayli tanbur, sarod and
Being largely self taught, with an insatiable drive for
the discovery of new depths and intricacies of playing, he
asserts a distinctive talent for capturing the delicate essence
of traditional music, offering a passionate, heartfelt uniqueness
and freedom of expression. As a composer and performer, Gari has
developed the art of taksim (improvisation) to a deeply soulful
level for which he has become highly recognized.
For more information about Gari, please visit his web site: