Category: Music

Music
Three masters of Turkish strings: Bülent Ortaçgil, Erkan Oğur & I.H. Demircioğlu live at Union Chapel this Saturday

Three Turkish folk music legends take to the stage in London this Saturday to perform popular new and classic Turkish folk and Anatolian rock songs.   Bülent Ortaçgil is a guitarist, composer and singer who first stared recording music in 1971. His career has led him to work with some of Turkey’s leading musical lights including […]

Features
Çiğdem Aslan: making her mark in the world of music

It’s been an incredible 12 months for Çiğdem Aslan. Described by the Guardian as, “one of the best British-based discoveries of the year”, she released her debut album Mortissa last October to critical acclaim in both the UK and in her native Turkey. Among her many achievements this past year was to be nominated in […]

Culture
Review: Çiğdem Aslan live at Union Chapel, 28/09/2014

  Slight in frame but big in voice Çiğdem Aslan, is an enchanting addition to the musical world of rebetiko or ‘the Aegean Blues’. In her most recent London concert, Aslan transported audience members from the wooden pews of   Islington’s 19th Century Gothic style Union Chapel to the cobbled side streets of Smyrna (Izmir), the […]

Music
Avant-Garde pianist Arman Ratip to give free concert in London

Renowned Turkish Cypriot music composer and pianist Arman Ratip will be performing in central London on Thursday 6 February 2014. Called Space Music, the evening will include a selection of Ratip’s most famous works in a free concert organised by the Turkish Cypriot Doctors and Dentists Association and supported by the TRNC London Representative’s Office. […]

Music
Çiğdem Aslan: Mortissa

This talented Kurdish singer from Turkey is part of the Rebetiko revival, also known as the ‘Blues of the Aegean’. It was banned for a time because it was considered socially degenerate. Emerging during the turbulent 1920s these bitter-sweet songs about an exiled underclass have strong roots inIzmir and were often performed in dubious Greek […]

Music
London Turk Ali Köse all set for the knock-out stages of O Ses Türkiye

He wowed all four judges with his sensational cover of Lionel Richie’s All Night Long during the blind auditions on 1 October. Now Ali Köse is gearing up for another knockout performance in the first battle rounds on O Ses Türkiye –Turkey’s version of The Voice. Murat Boz, Ebru Gündeş and Gökhan Özoğuz (Athena’s lead […]