Hey stranger, what’s shakin’!?
mürmur was launched in 2014 by Uluç Ülgen, after a life changing trip to his birth country, Turkey. Uluç hitchhiked for ten days and connected with many strangers - rekindling his faith in humanity. When he returned to New York City, he sold off his entire music gear to start mürmur, a homage to the strangers who saved his life.
Uluç began posting street flyers throughout Manhattan with a simple invitation: an hour-long conversation in his apartment. His first guest came on December 18, 2014. It was Meshack, a homeless man from the East Village with whom Uluç remains in touch with today.
Since that day, over 500 strangers have stopped by the mürmur studio.
In the spirit of Turkish hospitality, Uluç provides a “Turkish Coffee & Fortune Read” (fal) and Turkish delight (lokum) at the end of every mürmur.
Despite two evictions, mürmur studio continues to operate from an undisclosed location in the East Village.
Uluç is currently working on a self-help book summarizing his experiences on “How to Have the Perfect Conversation”.