Anatolian roots music courtesy of Olcay Bayır and guests at the Jazz Café this October

Olcay Bayır digs deep into her Anatolian roots, combining powerful vocals in four languages with a tight 5-piece band that builds intense, uplifting grooves with Mediterranean and Mesopotamian vibes.

Eschewing the retro Anatolian rock style that is experiencing a revival, Bayır goes for stunning contemporary arrangements that are jazzy but not jazz, folky but not folk, electrifying but not electro: a fresh, upbeat sound that has won high praise in many countries and featured live on Cerys Mathews’ BBC 6 Music show as well as in this year’s Womad festival.

Supported by GÖKHAN DEMIRDÖĞMEZ PROJECT Gökhan Demirdöğmez, a virtuoso of the Turkish clarinet, with improvisations and energy worthy of Coltrane.

Standing in a line of great Turkish Roma artists such as Sukru Tunar and Selim Sesler, who made the Clarinet Star a status to be aspired to, Demirdöğmez delivers with flair and super-fast fingers.

DJ Sebze kicks off at 7pm spinning Gypsy beats and Turkish underground sounds, with the live music starting at 8pm.

Concert Details

Title: Kazum Presents Olcay Bayır

Date: Sunday 02 October 2022

Time:  7.00 to 10.30pm

Venue: Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden London NW1 7PG

Admission: This event is strictly 18+ with ID required on arrival at the venue. Downstairs standing ticket – £15.00 (+ £1.76 booking fee) or upstairs restaurant seats.

Restaurant tickets include a non-refundable deposit of £20 per person which will be taken off your bill at the end of the night.

Tickets: tickets are available from the venue or online via Eventbite for standing – click here.

For seated/dining tickets in the upstairs gallery please visit Jazz Cafe’s online ticket shop here.


Main photo, top, of Olcay Bayır, Aug. 2022, via Facebook / Olcay Bayır