Is Anlasana the best Turkish romantic song

Who is İlhan İrem?

İlhan İrem, birth name İlhan Aldatmaz, was born in Bursa (born April 1, 1955 in Bursa) as a Turkish singer, composer, songwriter, poet and writer.

Music career

He began taking solfege and singing lessons in secondary school, but his entry into musical life came in 1969 (when he was 14 years old) when he was selected by the upper classes as a soloist in the school orchestra. In 1970 the Meltemler Orchestra, of which he was a member, won first place in the Marmara region at the Inter-High School Music Competition organized by Milliyet Newspaper. During this time he received offers from many professional music groups in Istanbul, but preferred to stay in Bursa until 1972. With the same staff he worked as a dance music singer in the discos Bursa Çelik Palas Hotel and Uludağ until 1972.


İlhan İrem calls the 70s the "romantic time" in her art life. During this time he produced singles records and romantic hits. With his first 1973 Unite All Hands - sometimes joy, sometimes sadness, which he made for the disco company with his own funds, he did not achieve the expected success. Record labels of composing, after turning down the request, said other artists made it clear in his second 45 that the young artist made Turkey one of the most popular singers in one moment. He continued his success with his third 1975, "Anlasana," which was published in 45 years.

The fourth in 1976, which was released 45, was taken off the market by the record company under pressure from the song "Onkel Puppeteer" in which he consulted God. In 1976, İlhan İrem, his first long play, was published in 1973-1976. He was at the top of the list of the 45s, such as "Like the weather", "Here is life", "Last greetings", "Breakup evening", "You know", "Honey mouth". Between 1973 and 1981 he published a total of 10 45s and for the first time went a new way in his musical life with an academic work with the arrangement of Esin Engin and the symphonic song "Valentine" published in 1979. For the first time in the Valentine album, in addition to the lyrics he wrote, he composed the poem "Welcome Woman" by Nazım Hikmet and sang it with the title "Welcome Woman".


The 80s coincide with the process of abandoning popular culture that began with a window album. It is observed that his sensitivity to social problems in his work increased during this time. During this time, Ilhan Irem began to withdraw from the scenes, claiming that the process of destruction of artistic and human values ​​began and reacted to the coup d'état of September 12, 1980 and the ensuing "American-Arab mixture liberalism". At first he distanced himself from "the sincere, pale, lively and meaningless crowds that he chose" and "the popular culture that is more interested in shapes than they produce". “He was closed for a retreat that would last until 87 for his home in Tarabya. During this time he learned, in his own words, "to undertake deep journeys within yourself into your inner spaces".

His musical hiatus began a process that ranged from the subject of sadness in his songs of the '70s to peace and metaphysical themed songs. During this time he wrote a rock symphony. After the publication of "Bezgin", consisting of his compositions in his military service in 1981, the 1983-minute symphonic rock trilogy Window (150), Köprü (1983), Ve Ötesi (1985), which is the result of a seven-year study was released in three separate albums. Window, the rock symphony's first album consisting of an uninterrupted musical structure, received the gold plate in 1987 when it was released. "Window", together with the albums "Corridor" and "Seni Seviyorum" by İlhan İrem, was selected several times as "Best Album of All Time".

In 1984 Turkey was represented at the Golden Orfe competition in Bulgaria. He won the Journalists Special Award.

In 1985 the second album of the trilogy “Köprü” and İlhan İrem's first book “Window… Bridge… And Beyond…” appeared. The book contains the story of İlhan İrem's musical narrative in the Rock Symphony and the lines of that story visualized by Nuri Kurtcebe, as well as extensive research by Burak Eldem, İzzet Eti and Adnan Özer on İlhan İrem Music. In 1986 he wrote again the words "Halley" was composed by Melih Kibar and brought to Turkey at the Eurovision Song Contest until it received the best rating of the year. In 1987 his album “Ve Ötesi” and his second book “Uzaklar Biri Var” (experiments) were published as the last part of the trilogy. Next came yesterday, and in 1989 Uçun Kuşlar Uçun was released. The Ministry of Culture granted permission to broadcast the album “Uçun Kuşlar Uçun” on condition that the song “Blues For Molla” was removed from the album.

The song, which satirized Khomeini's death fatwa and was given to the writer Salman Rüşdi, was brought to light by the artist on October 29, 2008 on the 85th anniversary of the republic and distributed on the radio. His trilogy was released as a comprehensive concept in a single album.


It is the process that started with the Ilhan-ı Aşk album and continues with the Corridor and Seni Seviyorum albums. During this time, he withdrew completely from popular culture in silent opposition to the insensitivity he felt in society and the art environment that black people were beginning to wear, taking a break from his concerts between 1992 and 2006. The process of physical disappearance that İlhan İrem began with describing the "corridor that opens to light and new dimensions" is the period in which he continued his album work and concentrated his book and literary work. During this time, the artist's music turned into philosophical dimensions and hit the crowd. During this time İlhan İrem released a very comprehensive "Best Of" series, which consists of 4 albums and makes his entire repertoire accessible.)

In 1992 he released the album İlhan-ı Aşk. The fourth book "Delirium" (Essays) was published in the same year with the albums of Koridor and Romans published in 1994, Valentine's Day / The Best of İlhan İrem in 1995 in year 1, The Best Of İlhan İrem in 1997, 2 Hayat Öpücuğu / The best album by İlhan İrem in 1998 and the fifth book with the title “Millennium / Virtualization rats, bats and others” (Trials) reached the reader. Again in year 3 his old works "Bezgin", "Window ... Köprü ... And Ötesi ..." albums, some parts of which were remixed and renewed, "Hidden Letters of Bezginin", "Flying Blue Window" , "Bridge to Clouds", "Dreams and Beyond" Published with the names “.

"I Love You" was put together in 2001 from new songs. The artist released the albums "Bir Meleğa In Love / The Best of İlhan İrem 4" in 2003 and "Işık ve Sevgıla 30 Yıl" in 2004.

After 2006

It is the process that begins in his art life with the album "Heaven Hymns". İrem describes this time with the concept of "heart magic", as a concert is called. He returns to the stage and gives rare solo concerts. During this time, various books are published about him, various researches and panels are made about his music. In addition, İlhan İrem's political writings were intensified during this period.

İlhan İrem's album "Cennet İlahileri", consisting of new songs, was released in 2006. His sixth book "The Song of the Black Swan" was published in 2007 with the subtitle "Symphonic Poetry". In 2008 he released an album for children entitled "Tozpembe / Progressive Çocuk Şarkları". Ilhan Irem, what recently happened in Turkey, wrote from his window: "People in the dark land of the sun" is the seventh book that was published in 2014.

In an interview with Olcay Ünal Sert from the Akşam newspaper on September 17, 2013, İlhan İrem said: “I never produce my works according to certain patterns. Each of them is alive. Each of them has a dynamic in them. They sound like a symphony. As soon as I start producing, I'm completely in a trance. " He said.

Today the artist continues to work on his new album and has been giving concerts in big cities like Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir every year since 2006. After 30 years, he gave a concert in Bursa, his birthplace, on June 4th, 2016.

Eurovision Song Contest

Ilhan Irem, who has been to Turkey three times, took part in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. "One Star" was composed 3 by Turkey in the Eurovision final. But he was drafted before he could compete. Although Ilhan Irem had received special permission from the Turkish Armed Forces to participate in the finals, the record company the artist was affiliated with released the album "Valentine", which included the song "Bir Yıldız", and was disqualified due to the rules. İlhan İrem took part in the Eurovision competition twice, with her compositions "Peace at Home, Peace in the World" in 1979 and "Comedy" in 1988.

Ilhan Irem, who represented Turkey in Norway in 1986. "They Clips and" spoke the compositions of the group from Melih Kibar "Halley," said the songwriter.


İlhan İrem received many awards during her artistic life, including 6 gold plates. He has been named "Male Artist of the Year" and "Artist of the Year" by various magazines, newspapers and institutions, including Hey and Ses. Many of his songs and albums have been selected as "Song of the Year / Album of the Year" by various magazines, newspapers and institutions.

İrem vineyard

In 1985 the association “İrem Bağı” was founded by the public who brought İlhan İrem's philosophy “With light and love” into his life.

Painting and writing studies

İlhan İrem, who works on abstract painting, occasionally opens personal painting exhibitions. He writes columns for Cumhuriyet Newspaper, Aydınlık Newspaper and Oda TV.

İlhan İrem, who is considered a modern bard; He has a unique audience because of the mystical, metaphysical, supernatural, and mystical connotations that he reflects on his works.


İlhan İrem defines his worldview as secular, democratic, Kemalist and anti-imperialist. He is a founding member of the Greens.

Private life

İrem, who married her husband Hansu İrem, a psychologist from the Middle East Technical University on October 1, 1991, writes the poetry of much of her recent work and also takes the cover photos of her albums. Hansu İrem is also the art director of İlhan İrem. The couple have no children.


  • All hands unite \ Sometimes joy Sometimes sadness (1973)
  • It's a shame for tomorrow \ Come on, wipe your eyes (1974)
  • Understand \ Look, Live Well (1975)
  • Once Upon a Time (Puppeteer Uncle) \ My Longing For You (1975)
  • Give your hand my friend (1975)
  • How's the weather / let me love your eyes (1976)
  • Live without you (Here is life) \ Last Salute (1977)
  • Evening of Separation (Taking Off from the Reeds) \ You Know (1978)
  • Once upon a time \ a new song (1979)
  • Private letter seen \ Honey Oral (1980)


  • Lovers (1979)
  • Tired (1981)
  • Window (1983)
  • The Bridge (1985)
  • And Beyond (1987)
  • From Yesterday to Tomorrow (1988)
  • Fly Birds Fly (1989)
  • İlhan-ı Aşk (1992)
  • Corridor (1994)
  • Romans (1994)
  • I love you (2001)
  • Heavenly Hymns (2006)
  • Tozpembe / Progressive Children's Songs (2008)


  • 1973-1976 (1976)
  • Window ... Bridge ... and Beyond ... (1990)
  • Valentine's Day \ The Best of İlhan İrem 1 (1995)
  • Love Potion & Witches Tree \ The Best Of İlhan İrem 2 (1997)
  • Hayat Kiss \ The Best of İlhan İrem 3 (1998)
  • I fell in love with an angel \ The Best Of İlhan İrem 4 (2003)
  • 30 years with light and love (2004)

New edition

  • Hidden Letters from Bezginine (2000)
  • Light blue window (2000)
  • Bridge to the Clouds (2000)
  • Dreams and Beyond (2000)


  • Window ... bridge ... and beyond ... (Story / 1985)
  • Somebody is Far Away (Essays / 1987)
  • Catastrophe (poems / 1990)
  • Delirium (Essays / 1994)
  • Millennium / virtualization mice, bats and others (trials / 1998)
  • Song of the Black Swan (Symphonic Poem / 2007)
  • Dark people in the land of the sun (Essays / 2014)

Books written about

  • "In stories like in exile" Michael Kuyucu (2008) Pegasus Publishing
  • "İlhan İrem with love for light, mystical god of music" Özlem Süyev Zat (2008) black and white publications
  • "Immortal Ozan İlhan İrem" Hakan Taştan, Ersin Kamburoğlu (2008) Cinius Publications

Farewell to the scenes and return

İlhan İrem retired from popular culture after the concert in Gülhane Park on August 8, 1992 and said goodbye to the stages. Fourteen years after that concert, which was seen by forty thousand people, the artist returned to the stage with a grand concert that entered this year's almanacs on September 29, 2006 at the Istanbul Open Air Theater. İlhan İrem, who retired from the scenes and all popular advertising channels for the past 14 years, continued his album work without interruption.


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