Episode #3482

New Music a la Turk (or From Turkey)

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Friday, June 21, 2013

It’s Turkish and Turkish-inflected music on this New Sounds, with many examples of traditional Turkish rhythms, melodies, and instruments.  Listen also to musicians who incorporate Turkish musicians, including a number of outfits from Canada.  Hear music from the Montreal-based Esmerine, a chamber rock band which includes the likes of Sarah Neufeld (of Arcade Fire), members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and a quartet of Turkish musicians. 

Then there’s music from the famed Mevlevi Dervishes, followed by music from the 21st century dervish Mercan Dede, who combines modern settings with Sufi-inspired material to set up an hypnotic otherworldly space.  Plus, music based on traditional Turkish folk tunes from Minor Empire, another Montreal-based group, built around singer/composer Ozgu Ozman and guitarist/composer/producer Ozan Boz.  And more.

PROGRAM # 3482, New Music a la Turk   (First aired on 6/21/2013)                                         





Dave Brubeck Quartet


Blue Rondo a la Turk, excerpt  [1:00]

Columbia Legacy #65122



Translator's Clos Part II (EDIT) [5:21]

Constellation Records
Due out Sept. 13, 2013

3 Mustaphas 3

Friends, Fiends and Fronds

Kac Kuzulu Ceylan [5:13]

Omnium OMM 2003
Available as an import at or as a download

Minor Empire

Second Nature

Keklik Daglarda Cagilar [3:53]



Yine Mi Çiçek [6:47]

Tzigane Music
or download from

Okay Temiz & Saffet Gundeger

Okay Temiz & Saffet Gundeger

Kabak Aga [5:02]

Organic Music OM 5 LP Urspar 1984. 
Out of print. 

Don Cherry

Live Ankara (1969)

Efeler (Turkish Folk Material) [2:23]

Universal Distribution 9013
Available as a rare import via 

Cengiz Özkan

World Routes - On The Road

Elif Dedim be Dedim, excerpt [1:3]

Nascent NASCE 001
Available at, or download from Emusic or iTunes

Various: Galata Mevlevi Dervishes

The Music of Islam Vol. 9: Mawlawiyah Music of the Whirling Dervishes, Turkey

Suite in Rast – conclusion [6:10]

Celestial Harmonies 13149

Mercan Dede Secret Tribe


Nar-i Mey [11:32] or available at

The Garifuna Collective

Chronicles of Withholding From John Schaefer

So overwhelmed was the staff this week by some seriously captivating music, that we completely failed on keeping the standouts to ourselves -like the two releases from the Garifuna Collective, and a preview of Montreal chamber rock via Turkey.  Looks like Soundcheck is having the Garifuna Collective into the studio in July with their Canadian collaborator Danny Michel and John Schaefer has included Montreal musicians Esmerine in an upcoming show about music from or influenced by Turkey. 


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