An extract on #kanavice
Born in a mountain village in the Black Sea Region of Turkey, the daughter of a Megrellian family who had migrated from Georgia, Mircan's life is the primary source of her music. In her early childhood years she went through a period where she listened so intensely that her family thought she could not speak. Ever since, Mircan has preferred sitting in silence so she can call to mind the sounds of nature.
Mircan started singing very early, in infancy, when she would rather sing adult songs than those for babies and children. Singing with orchestras in wedding ceremonies became an activity for her. At age twelve, Mircan went to the local music shop and bought the guitar she had longed for. She asked the owner of the shop, who was a music teacher, for guitar lessons.
By the time she was studying at Nisantasi Girl's High School in Istanbul, she felt the desire to work on more demanding songs. At age sixteen, having seen an ad on the door of a big music shop she used to walk past every day, she took down the number of a Jewish guitar teacher, called him and said she would like to take lessons. Not long afterward, the teacher took her to Tunel to buy a new guitar. To buy the new black jazz guitar, she sold the gold medallion her father had given her for being the best student at school.
Mircan's songs became more colorful with her new guitar. At seventeen, she wrote her first song. That first song was in English, probably because of her correspondence with pen pals over the years.
When she started university, her goals were to read art and literature, to learn to play the guitar well, to reach an advanced level of English and Arabic, and to dance. So she worked hard at classical Turkish music chorus, traditional folk dance, aesthetic gymnastics, the library at the British Cultural Center, the university library, the Libyan Consulate and a symphonic rock group.
She made her first overseas journey during these years to Jordan, where she went on a scholarship given by the university. There she saw Petra, the mysterious desert atmosphere and the Dead Sea. The tunes she improvised along the path to Petra were to pave future roads for her.
She and her friends formed a rock band and produced cassettes of songs that they had improvised. Their keyboard player had studied English Literature and the drummer had studied English Language and Literature, while the guitar player, who was a mechanical engineer and a painter, had also written songs from poems by Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Gulten Akin, Metin Elolu and others. During this period, Mircan studied under Erguder Yoldas who, on first hearing her playing guitar and singing, decided he would be her manager. He tried to introduce her to the theater and music communities, but that environment was a distraction and interrupted the development of her instrumental skills transforming the act of playing guitar into accompaniment for her vocals. Although it stayed together more than six years, the group disbanded without producing any albums.