“Ancient People of the Future” is finally here! Stay tuned for the upcoming release date.

Haunting, powerful, primal but sophisticated… “Ancient People of the Future” will take you to a place we all know but have never seen.

“Ancient People of the Future – The Saga” is a concept album, a work in progress. A new song will be added every month or so, telling the story of a lost civilization, you inner self, our collective unconscious- you name it. You will find yourself contemplating your very existence and becoming part of a journey that goes deep.

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RICHARD EVANS (recipient of Grammy, Clio and Golden Reel awards; producer and arranger for Natalie Cole, Peabo Bryson, Ramsey Lewis, Noel Pointer, Ahmad Jamal, Eddie Harris, Tower of Power, Buddy Rich, Sonny Stitt and others)

“Doruk Somunkiran displays an arranging talent that comes only to a few very gifted musicians. Doruk’s style of arranging is one of the most original that I have seen, in that, although he uses conventional skills with much authority, he still manages to employ some distinct ‘home-grown’ inner balance of harmony that can only come from a special sense of tonal awareness which I would describe as ‘God-given’ (Gil Evans comes to mind here)…. Musical compositions by Doruk Somunkiran, when listened to, will evoke images of various scenarios or pictures in the mind of the listener and this fact compels me to suggest that he will be a marvelous composer for film if he is ever asked to do film writing…. I am honored to present to you Mr. Doruk Somunkiran.”


DENNIS GRILLO (performer, arranger, studio musician and/or conductor for Stan Kenton, Charlie Barnet, Buddy Rich, Freddy Martin, Judy Garland, Carol Burnett, Anne Marie Moss, Barbara Mc Nair, The Four Freshmen, Connie Stevens)

“He has a remarkable understanding of the various elements that comprise the field of music writing, and is equally adept at using the synthesizer as well as orchestrating for different combinations of acoustic elements…. His dedication to music is matched by a talent that is obvious. He is, definitely, ‘A+'”.








MICHAEL FARQUHARSON (MCA recording artist with three solo albums; recipient of two Canada Council Arts Awards and one Ontario Arts Council Award)

“His knowledge of music technology and relative processes is always impressive to me. His production style, confidence in the studio and communication skills are excellent…. In combination with his musical abilities as a writer and arranger, Doruk is able to produce excellent recordings in many genres of commercial music.”










ROBERT DOEZEMA (Professor at Berklee College of Music, performances with Noel Redding, Greg Bissonette, William Kennedy, Toy Caldwell, Neil Stubenhaus, Steve Smith and Tiger Okoshi)

“His work is of the highest caliber. In fact, I plan to use the music he wrote as examples for my future classes to show them what I consider to be outstanding work.”