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The first concert of the new year will be on 1st February in Paris at the beautiful Alhambra. You can find more details about this concert here.
Hope to see some of you there.
Finally I'd like to invite those who use social media to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages if you are not already following and spread the word so I can connect with more people.
Here are the links
I'd like to finish by a quote from Greg Harness' review on the new album.
I was also struck by “Tourna,” the title track. Tourna is the Turkish word for crane, and this traditional song combines a Greek melody with a Turkish poem from the 17th Century. The lyrics are again about separation and about having to leave your home. On top of that is layered the idea of A Thousand Cranes which come from the Japanese story where the making of a thousand origami cranes causes one's wishes to come true. I added to that my own experience with cranes which comes primarily from seeing the exotic sandhill cranes in the ever-threatened natural ecosystems near Yellowstone National Park. These concepts from very different times and places all swirled and combined and merged in my head and my heart as I listened. And together these various images of soaring cranes reminded me of the power within to reinvent myself regardless of circumstance.
I have been captured by these sounds, these surroundings, these stories. May you allow Çiğdem Aslan to take you somewhere new, whether to stories of the past, or through the intense feelings of the present, or on a journey with A Thousand Cranes into the future."
Once again thank you all very much for your continuous support and love.
"An impressive return" ****
Robin Denselow on 'A Thousand Cranes', The Guardian, 2016
"Aslan's voice is supple and powerful, never straining and without affectation. The interplay of the musicians behind her is, at times, breathtaking. Nobody's showing off but everyone shines."
Jamie Renton on 'A Thousand Cranes', fRoots Magazine, 2016
"Mesmerising sequel to her fabulous debut." fRoots, 2016
"Cigdem Aslan is not only a great presence on London's music scene but across Europe....now she sounds so much more confident and assured."*****
Simon Broughton, Evening Standard, 2016
"Absolutely stunning stuff...it is so infectious"
Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6, 2014
"Aslan’s voice is rich, earthy and penetrating, as sweet as a watermelon and as strong as a demitasse of coffee at mid afternoon."
George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly, 2014
"...Aslan's unaccompanied vocal introduction is so perfect it's bewitching; beautiful, mysterious, vibrant, haunting, evocative—her voice is all these and more..."
Chris M. Slawecki, All About Jazz, 2014
"It’s haunting, plaintive, rivetingly emotional stuff..."
Delarue, New York Music Daily, 2013
"Aslan possesses the smokiness that marks a true Rembetiko singer: You can get lost in the sound of her voice. One of the 5-must-hear albums of the year"
Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR, 2013
"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, 2010