"On stage Aslan is a fresh, natural and relaxed performer with a beautiful voice. Her facility to slip from Greek to Turkish and several other languages is a real asset."
 Simon Broughton, Songlines Magazine


"Absolutely stunning stuff...it is so infectious"

Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6



Ian Anderson, fRoots Magazine on MORTISSA


"...This isn’t just a great record from London musicians, but a release of international significance." 

Simon Broughton, Evening Standart (


"...haunting vocals.”
Giles Woodforde, Oxford Times

Dear Friends, 

Soon I am going to update my website with news, gigs listings, pictures and videos but until then I thought you might like to read my interview with Jamie Renton on fRoots Magazine December issue. You can order it here

To be continued...



Upcoming Gigs

DUNAV is 50!  

15th November


English Folk Dance and Song Society 
Cecil Sharp House 
2 Regent’s Park Road 

The Dunav Balkan Group celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014. Since they began in 1964 they have played all over the UK and abroad, presenting their version of the wonderful music of the Balkan countries: Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Serbia, Bosnia, Greece, Macedonia, Croatia, Albaniaand the Aroman people. Proud of their amateur status, they aim to recreate the traditional styles without adulteration. This common interest and their close friendship keeps them together, rehearsing once a week to get ready for forthcoming gigs, learn new pieces, keep their enormous repertoire fresh and just to enjoy the music and each other's company.

Come and dance with us! 

Earlier This Month

Mortissa @ Sargfabrik



Thur 16th October




Goldschlagstraße 1691140Vienna, Austria


Performing with my amazing quartet:


Nikos Baimpas.....Kanun and Arrangements

Michailis Kouloumis....Violin

Vasilis Sarikis........Percussion

Paul Tkachenko.....Doublebass


For more info please visit here

Rebetiko Songs of Prison & the Easter Mediterranean Underground


King's College London


18th October


Free event



Very excited to be part of this performance. I will be accompanied by Pavlos Carvalho (Bouzouki) and Pavlos Melas (Guitar) 


For more information please read below or click here


The popular musics of Greece, Turkey, Egypt and the Levant shaped an affective underground across the region for much of the twentieth century, the popular styles of one country spilling over into the next thanks to radio, film and recordings. Post war migration made them a subterranean presence in London’s soundscape, too, from Green Lanes to the Edgware Road and beyond. What imbued these hybrid, cosmopolitan musical practices with such power, persuasion and resilience? What did the authorities, from place to place, from era to era, fear in them, exactly? How did the musical underground of one country become that of another? What cultural and political labor do these genres still perform? What charge do they still carry?

Roderick Beaton, Director of the Centre for Hellenic Studies and Koraes Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine Language and Literature, and Martin Stokes, King Edward Professor of Music, will give two short, illustrated talks, exploring the idea and the allure of a musical underground, focusing on rebetika and broader Eastern Mediterranean soundscapes, respectively.

The performance element will connect King’s College London research with some prominent voices in the Greek, Turkish and Arab communities of the city.Cigdem Aslan and Friends explore Smyrnaic and Piraeus rembetika, in both Greek and Turkish. Oxford Maqam represent the underground of the early Egyptian sound recording era, from Sheikh Salah Abd al-Hayy Hilmi to Sayyid Darwish, from Sami Shawwa to the famous Cairo dance orchestras of the era. 






-Tue 16th Sep,  7:00pm

Mortissa@ Arc en Scènes

La Chaux-de-FondsBernCHE


-Wed 17th Sep,  8pm

Mortissa @ Kulturzentrum Tollhaus

Alter Schlachthof 35, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany

Entry 7 Euro


-Thu 18th Sep, 7pm

Mortissa @ Schlachthof

Kulturzentrum Schlachthof Mombachstraße 10-12 34127


-Fri 19th Sep,  8pm

Mortissa @ Wolfach 



-Sat 20th Sep,  8pm,  18

Mortissa @ Zehntscheuer

Grüner-Turm-Str. 3088212 Ravensburg, Germany


Making Tracks Tour, UK

(click on dates for more info)

-Sun 21-Sep Brighton Brighton Dome

-Wed 24-Sep Bristol Colston Hall/The Lantern 

-Thu 25-Sep Birmingham mac

-Fri 26-Sep York NCEM 

-Sat 27-Sep Gateshead Old Town Hall 

-Sun 28-Sep London Union Chapel 

-Wed 01-Oct Milton Keynes The Stables 

-Thu 02-Oct Bury St Edmunds the apex

-Fri 03-Oct Swansea Pontardawe Arts Centre 

-Sun 05-Oct Manchester RNCM 


-Tue 07-Oct Cambridge The Junction



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