"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

 

"STARTLINGLY GOOD"

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 

 

I am writing this month's letter in a park under a sunny London sky. Spring is on its way...

 

After a very successful concert and radio sessions in Paris and London last month I am looking forward to performing more this month; but before writing about my gigs this month I would like to share some wonderful news with you: my debut album 'Mortissa' has won the prestigious German Record Critics' Award! Very exciting...

You can read about the awards here.

 

Another exciting thing to happen this month is my debut concert in Istanbul. After Mortissa has been released in Turkey in January it has been getting nice reviews and we decided to do a launch concert in Istanbul. Thanks to BGST Organisation we found a very nice location; The Mekan Teras which has hosted he best bands and artists of Turkey. I am really looking forward to this concert as I will collaborate with musicians from my former band in Istanbul. I really hope you can make it to this one and share our excitement. 

 

Before heading to Istanbul, I will perform with She'koyokh at St George's in Bristol, collaborating Aurora Orchestra- one of the UK’s most dynamic and innovative chamber orchestra. We will perform Mahler’s monumental Symphony No 1 (in a new arrangement for chamber orchestra by Iain Farrington)  paired with klezmer and eastern European folk music in new orchestral versions. This will be a special concert not to be missed. 

 

After the Istanbul concert I will come back to London for She'koyokh album launch. Our third album 'Wild Goats & Unmarried Women' will be released on 26th March and our launch concert is on 27th March.

 

You can find detailed information of my concerts on my website as usual. Thanks for being part of mailing group.

 

I also would like to thank Birger Gesthuisen for coming to London to interview me for Germany's WDR. Birger is an amazing person with great amount of knowledge of Turkey's music. It was a pleasure to chat with him. After the lovely interview we went to see Kardeş Türküler's concert in London. Here is one of my favourite Kardes Türküler song.

You can listen to my interview with live music for Libération here.

 

Hope you enjoy it and hope I can see you in one of my concerts. 

 

Love

Çiğdem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Gigs

Mortissa @ The Mekan Teras

Istanbul

 

Wednesday, 19th March

22:00

 

The Mekan Teras
Hüseyin Ağa Mah.

Atıf Yılmaz Cad.

Küçük Bayram Sok.No:1 Kat:4

  • TAKSİM / İstanbul

My debut concert in Istanbul for 'Mortissa'....looking forward to performing in Istanbul. 

 

 

Istanbul'daki ilk albüm tanıtım konserim için çok heyecanlıyım. 

 

 

 

Biletleri The Mekan Teras'tan ya da Mephisto Kitabevi'nden temin edilebilirsiniz.

 

25 TL

 

 

Klezmahler

St George's, Bristol

 

Friday, 14th March

19:30

 

St George's

Great George St.
Bristol BS1 5RR

 

 

Collaborative concert with the Aurora Orchestra

 

Including
Mahler Symphony No 1 (arr. Iain Farrington)
Plus klezmer and other folk repertoire

Aurora Orchestra
Nicholas Collon conductor
She’Koyokh guest band

What happens when you combine the UK’s most dynamic and innovative chamber orchestra with a group hailed by Songlines as ‘Britain’s best Klezmer and Balkan music band’? Come and find out as Aurora Orchestra meets She’Koyokh for a unique collaboration. Mahler’s monumental Symphony No 1 (in a new arrangement for chamber orchestra by Iain Farrington) is paired with klezmer and eastern European folk music in new orchestral versions, for a project inspired by Mahler’s own love of folk music and its prominence in his First Symphony.

This is great music, brilliantly performed – the perfect way to launch St George’s new residency with a young orchestra whose potential knows no bounds.

“Edgy, adventurous, elite… the future of music.”

EVENING STANDARD

Tickets £20, £15

For Tickets click here

 

 

She'koyokh Album Launch

@ The Forge

'Wild Goats & Unmarried Women'

 


Thursday 27th March

 

The Forge

3-7 Delancey St,

London

NW1 7NL

 

Our new album, Wild Goats and Unmarried Women, will be released on 24th March on World Music Network. You can order it here

 

Come and join us celebrate our 3rd album! 

 

 

Tickets £8 or £ 10 

For tickets click here

 

 

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