Free entrance (!) for this exquisite contemporary Turkish psychedelica double-bill
This concert is a part of the 5th edition of Europe Day, AB’s annual tribute to European talent. Crack The Code: New Stories For Europe starts at 3 p.m.
Turkish psychedelica? Pink Floyd on saz!
The latest delight of the indie scene for a while now: Turkish psychedelica. Labels like Finders Keepers and Pharaway Sounds have ensured a revitalization of the heritage through a constant stream of Turkish reissues. Folk heroine Selda Bağcan is being massively rediscovered and contemporary acts like Gaye Su Akyol, Derya Yildirim, BaBa ZuLa and Altin Gün fully embrace the style. They all refer back to the heyday of Turkish psychedelica in the ‘60s-‘70s, when Anatolian rock and folk fused with Western rock-’n-roll. Artists like Erkin Koray, Bariș Manço, Selda and Cem Karaca, were the (politically engaged) Turkish heroes of that time.
To mark the release of the excellent collector ‘Saz Power’ – and in collaboration with the man who put it together, Demir Kerem Atay (aka Elektro Hafiz) – we present the latest generation of psychedelica-acts. Noteworthy: this ‘Saz Power’ compilation wonderfully reflects the Turkish diaspora and brings together musicians from all over Europe.
Elektro Hafiz (de/tr)
Saz Power from Germany! Demir Keren Atay left a 20 year career behind him in his homeland Turkey (where, under the name Fairuz Derin Bulut, he was amongst the best of the second generation of Turkish psych). Under the name Elektro Hafiz, he fully flirts with electro and even dub.
Saz Power from Denmark! With a unique story and sound. Their music sounds like a fusion of Turkish and Scandinavian folk and psychedelic rock… or like ’16 Horsepower meets Turk psych’. No wonder, as the roots of this trio reach all the way from Turkey to Denmark via Israel and on to Morocco. Their 2017 release, the album 'Kaynaşma' (which means inclusivity), received two prestigious Danish Music Awards last year. In their homeland, the album even helped the band make it onto the stage of Roskilde.
(Turkish) Ladies On Records (DJ Set)
Polish-born resident of Istanbul Kornelia Binicewicz has ‘a thing’ with music. ‘Thing’ as in ‘everyTHING’. She is not only a curator, but also a fervent collector and anthropologist with a fondness for (female) Turkish music. She is the woman behind the compilations ‘Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu’ (a selection of tracks on the Turkish label Uzelli Kaset) and the excellent and wonderfully graphically designed ‘Turkish Ladies. Female Singers from Turkey 1974 – 1988’. The latter appeared on her very own label, Ladies On Records.
At her extremely danceable vinyl only DJ sets you will hear ‘Hypnotizing grooves, belly dance beasts with synths and organs, edgy sound s from all four corners of the earth blend with westernized arrangements and hip styles of 60s, 70s & 80s.’ Basically: party galore!