Mercan Dede (Arkın Ilıcalı) is a Turkish composer, ney and bendir player, DJ and producer. He divides his time between Turkey, Europe and North America. He is a world music artist, playing a fusion of (traditionally acoustic) Turkish and other oriental musics with electronic sounds. The sound of Dede incorporates traditional instruments and other parts of the world, with horns, drum'n'bass dance beats, ambient electronic music and a sufi spirituality. Mercan Dede made his U.S. debut at the 1st Globalfest that year, followed by a North American tour and the release of the album "Fusion Monster" under the name Arkin Allen, a slightly different twist on his familiar sound. The album is Mercan Dede's flawed, personal effort to reflect his own spiritual journey.