Episode #2808

New Music From Turkey

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Sunday, June 06, 2010

Niyaz performed at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village on February 26. Niyaz performed at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village on February 26. (Hannah Thiem/flickr)

Listen to new music from Turkey on this edition of New Sounds, including works from Okay Temiz, Mercan Dede and the Mevlevi Dervishes of Istanbul.

Also, we'll hear from the double-CD "Nine Heavens" by the Persian-emigree group Niyaz.  It's a marriage of an 18th century Turkish Sufi poem to a traditional Turkish folk song which skillfully weaves in electronics and programming.  Plus, the Balkan club-friendly electronica artist Shantel has written original music for the Turkish-German film "The Edge Of Heaven" (the Fatih Akin movie which won an award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.)  It features works by Turkish musicians, like Selim Sesler and Kazim Koyuncu, and contemporary Turkish songs.

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Comments [1]

Emrah Acar from NJ

Thanks so much for giving us a glimpse of contemporary Turkish music. It was a delight to hear the late great Ahmet Kaya (the biggest of Turkish/Kurdish poets/singers). Kazim Koyuncu was also a jewel in Turkey, leaving this earth at a very early age. His music will be listened to for many many years.

Jun. 06 2010 11:22 PM

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