"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 (
Giles Woodforde, Oxford Times
Hope 2014 started the way you wanted.
My first performance of the first year will be with Meltem Trio from Rotterdam on 11th January at Brunel Museum. We will perfrom traditional and classical tunes from Middle East and Mediterranean as well as the original compositions and improvisations.
I will also perform on BBC Radio 6 as Cerys Mathews guest but the date of this is not confirmed yet.
In January I will be mainly learning new songs for the new year!
Then I will perform with my band on 1st February at the Forge in Camden Town before heading to Paris for
the Au Fil Des Voix Festival.
You can find the details of these concerts on my website.
I am very happy to inform you that Mortissa has been nominated for the prestigious German Record Critics Award! Fingers crossed for me!
And it has been nominated for Songlines Music Awards. You can nominate 'Mortissa' and could win 2 tickets to Womad music festival. I'm in Best Artist and Best Newcomer categories. The deadline for voting is midnight on January 31, 2014.
Here is the link for voting:
Below are some links to the reviews of Mortissa from all over the world:
I received very nice new year messages; one of which I'd like to share with you; wishing the same for you of course:)
This was sent by Turkan Balaban. Apologies if my quick translation doesn't make any sense! Here it is:
we got sad, heartbroken, disappointed, lost....hoped, laughed, found,
fell out with; mounted up...
We became a breath; life; became ourselves...
It is now time to open a new page...
I hope 2014 is a year
-when we understand why we can't fit into this world while once we had to fit into out mother's womb; and realise that we will have to fit into a square metre space at the very end
- when we cling on, not to things or people but to our dreams
-when we feel the life at every breath we take....
Hope you always have around you, people who don't get spoilt with kindness or disappear when things go wrong.
Happy New Year"
I feel very lucky to have such thoughtful and wonderful people around me. Thanks for being in my life.