Yurdal Tokan was born in Ordu in 1966 and is often cited among the foremost oud artists of our day. In 1990, he joined the Istanbul State Ensemble of Turkish Music as a oudist. Tokcan's style combines traditional oud performance with modern tunes. He also applies this technique on a fretless guitar. Yurdal has produced many instrumental works, combining traditional melodies with technical and polyphonic tunes. In addition to his work with the Istanbul State Ensemble of Turkish Music, Yurdal has collaborated on recordings and in concerts in over 40 countries. Tokcan has produced two albums of his own compositions, titled Hislenis - Saray (Deep Emotion) and Bende Can (Inner Soul). Since 2005, Yurdal has been leading oud master classes at Labyrinth, as well as seminars in Iran and Tunisia.