Alin & Melike
There’s an old saying that music creates a mystic aura, especially when it’s played and listened to a silent night. The music of Alin and Melike is a fascinating hybrid that draws on the skills of the flamenco masters and the fire of the underground gypsy groups. Together they have combined classic flamenco songs and Latin melodies, along with the traditions of the Mediterranean and Middle eastern, to forge their own unique style. Born in Iraq, Alin draws on ten years of musical studies in Iraq, Syria and Australia which he now calls home. Not surprisingly he has brought a distinct Middle Eastern flair to the flavour of his music. Melike was born in Australia to Turkish parents and from a very early age discovered her outstanding vocal talents. It was a chance meeting at a Conservatorium open day that brought them together and they soon realised that Melike’s passionate vocals and Alin’s guitar artistry were a magical match. They began performing regularly at venues, festivals and concerts and in 2012 they released their debut album Seasons, sung in the Turkish language and interwoven with flamenco and oriental melodies.
Alin Bahram was born in a town north of Iraq called Nineveh, an ancient city that goes back to the Babylonian Empire. His Assyrian roots have had a profound influence on his musical journey. His passion for the guitar began when he was given an instrument as a present from his parents.
He started studying and playing music at the age of fourteen in a private music centre, moving on to the Nineveh Conservatorium of music where he chose a classical syllabus and graduated with a Diploma of Music. After completing his music degree, Alin moved to Syria to study music at the Russian and Spanish cultural centres, learning to play flamenco guitar and studying classical Arabic music. In 2006, Alin moved to Sydney and began studies at the Australian International Conservatorium of Music in 2009. He performed at various venues and community concerts, at the same time honing his considerable skills as a composer. His fusion style is very much a reflection of his upbringing and personality, one that acknowledges a number of international styles but remains rooted in the flamenco tradition.
Alin’s goal is to expand his performances and represent himself through his music both domestically and internationally.
Melike Mary Bayram was born in Sydney and from a very early age it was evident she was blessed with a unique singing talent. Her passion for music began at an early age, she received both vocal training from several teachers and guitar instruction.
Her first performances were at community music schools, followed by a formal education at the Australian International Performing Arts High School. After high school, Melike began classical Turkish vocal lessons from the renowned internationally known composer/instrumentalist musician Sabahattin Akdagcik. Flamenco and oriental folk music plays a big role in Melike’s musical life. After studying at the Australian International Conservatorium in 2009, where she was introduced to guitarist Alin, she has gone on to perform at numerous venues, community and concert events.
Melike Mary believes passionately that “music is more about soul and emotions than its formal presentation.” Her aim is to deliver her music with her own highly personal style – an inspiring and creative fusion of Turkish folk, oriental and flamenco traditions.