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

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 

Musicport Festival, Bridlington (UK)
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

Please click on the dates for details.

Detaylar için lütfen tarihleri tıklayın.

 

 

 

17th March- 8 pm 

She'koyokh Album Launch

@ Kings Place

90 York Way

London N1 9AG

 

She'koyokh proudly presents their 4th album 

‘First Dance on Second Avenue’ 

 

Musicians hailing from the UK, Serbia, Sweden and Turkey perform virtuosic, toe-tapping klezmer, Gypsy music, soulful songs and the best Balkan dance tunes. Releasing their fourth studio album, First Dance on Second Avenue, they take you on a journey sampling polyphonic singing from Bulgaria, a Serbian song about a pigeon on the raspberries, a steamy quarrel between mother-in-laws in a Turkish sauna, a duet between a father and daughter about who she’s going to marry – in the end she chooses the drunken one! – and a love song for a Gypsy girl with penetrating green eyes.

Expect to go home feeling nourished, elated, and saying ‘Nice one!’.

 

For tickets click here.

 

 

28th April- Waiblingen (D) @Kulturhaus Schwanen 

 

'A Thousand Cranes' on tour

 

For tickets click here

 

 

29th April - Fornach (A)

@ Musik beim Wirt

 

'A Thousand Cranes' on tour

 

 

MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON! 

 

 

For all She'koyokh gigs visit here

She'koyokh grubumla olan konserlerim için lütfen buraya tıklayın.