I just heard from Ates Tanin’s son, and his father passed away this morning. I was prepared for this but I’m nonetheless a bit taken. I’ve known Ates since I was 17 and I’ve had no finer ally in the music world. He was always objective and to the point in conversation, but once you began to know him a colourful and warm hearted man often shone through his letters. We also shared many personality traits which were brought out in full colour in Tunc’s letter, such as that he was fond of giving his chem students at the University of Toronto a multiple answers exam where the correct alternative was always C, up until the last five questions where the answer was random. I also learned that the day Canada stopped importing his favourite brand of cigarettes was the day when Ates quit smoking. That doesn’t sound a lot like me, but it certainly does sound a lot like Ates.
I just thought I’d alert since I know several people here has been in touch with him, and even more would know who he is. The piano world is fun since it brings together people of all kinds of ages, nationalities and backgrounds, but I have to say this part of it sucks. This is the second death news of an esteemed friend I’m brought only this year, and it’s progressed at about this rate ever since 2011. I’ll remember Ates tonight, and will pull out some recordings he sent over the years.