Çiğdem Aslan is an Istanbul-born singer who sings in many languages and regional styles, including Turkish, Kurdish, Greek, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Roma, and Ladino. Her musical journey started within the family. Coming from Kurdish Alevi background, in which music is one of the pivotal elements of the culture, she grew up with the rich sounds of her culture and then gradually met with the other sounds of Istanbul and beyond.

While studying English literature at Istanbul University, she regularly performed Rebetiko, Sephardic and other ethnic music of Turkey.


In 2003 she moved to London and joined Dunav Balkan Group, which alongside various workshops broadened her repertoire and skills. 


In 2008 she joined She’Koyokh; "Britain’s best klezmer and Balkan music band" Songlines


She also performs folk songs from different regions of Anatolia accompanied by Tahir Palali on kopuz/baglama and herself on frame drums.


She studied music at Goldsmith’s University.


Cigdem has been performing and touring her debut album 'Mortissa' which has been released from Asphalt Tango Records in October 2013.  The album focuses on Rebetiko and Smyrnaic songs from Asia Minor and Greece mainly from 1930s. 


The album received great reviews from all around the world; including the Guardian, NPR, Songlines, fRoots, Evening Standard, New York Music Daily; and entered the World Music Charts Europe from top ten and stayed there for months. It was chosen as one of the best albums of 2013 by fRoots and Songlines Magazine which nominated and shortlisted Cigdem in the 'Best Artist' category for Songlines Music Awards 2014. 


 In 2014 Mortissa won the prestigious „Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik/ German Record Critics Award" 


She released her second album 'A Thousand Cranes' in October 2016. 


Cigdem is in high demand for collaborations, European tours and cultural radio and TV appearances.


Perfromance highlights include;


Royal Albert Hall, London

Southbank Centre, London

Cadogan Hall, London

Barbican, London

Jazz Cafe, London

WOMAD (UK & Spain)

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Pergamon Museum, Berlin
Gasteig, Munich
Union Chapel, London
World on Three, BBC Radio 3

Loose Ends, BBC Radio 4

Cerys on 6, BBC Radio 6 
Traumzeit Festival, Duisberg (DE)
Snape Proms, Aldeburgh (UK)

Warsaw Cultural Festival, Warsaw (PL)

Jewish Culture Festival, Krakow (PL)
Buskers’ Bern, Switzerland  

Radio France, Paris 

Libèration, France 

Polish Radio, Warsaw (PL)

Mawazine Festival, Morocco

Les Nuits de Fourvière, Lyon (FR)

Førde Festivalen, Norway

TFF Rudolstadt, Germany

Palace of Arts, Budapest (HU)

Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, Istanbul (TR)


Upcoming Gigs/ Konserler/Συναυλίες

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26th July - Petworth (UK)

Petworth Summer Festival 8pm

St Mary's Church
West Sussex

GU29 0AG

4th August - London (UK)

Cubitt Sessions 6:30pm

Free Live Music Festival at 

King's Cross


19th Aug- Nordhofen Westerwald (D)
Musik in alten Dorfkirchen 

Evangelischen Kirche, 17:00

14/16 €

Tickets/ Bilet Rezervasyon

Marie-Luise Gäffgen

30th Aug- Małopolska (P)
Pannonica Festival

7th September - London
Campfire Club, 8pm

7th October - London
Hackney Proms, 11:30am

10/11th October - Spain



21st October- Vienna(A)



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