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Re: Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:47 pm
by Seb Merrick
My review of Sezen Aksu's concert..
http://www.charliegillett.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=18626

Also on 25th July Haris Alexiou and Candan Ercetin perform together at Harbiye Open Air Theatre. Would love to see that.

Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:57 pm
by Philellinas
Sub-heading: favourite Greco-Turkish collaborations
I was listening to my Mp3 player on shuffle this morning pondering this topic when this track came up as if by telepathy:-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCOhp_MS6EU
It features Sezen Aksu (soon to appear at the Albert Hall) and Haris Alexiou with the virtuoso Erkan Oğur on kopuz and probably the other stringed instruments. Enjoy/endure as appropriate.

Re: Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:42 pm
by judith
Enjoyed. Thank you, Phil.

Re: Greek and Turkish music thread - Haris Alexiou

PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 1:31 pm
by kastamonu
Me too & here's another (lovely) song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRFNHyw-aGE

Re: Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 6:54 pm
by judith
Hi Pauline. I think that's lovely as well. I love Haris Alexiou's voice and was captivated by "To Tango Tis Nefilis", thought it was a folk melody and did not realize until watching the following YouTube today that it was written by Lorenna McKennitt.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF3zt_Gj3uk

Re: Greek and Turkish music thread - Haris Alexiou

PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:10 pm
by kastamonu
Thank you Judith & hi from Izmir tonight. Much enjoyed - she really has a lovely voice.

Greek and Turkish music thread-Haroula

PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:53 am
by Philellinas
Thanks, Judith and Pauline, for your encouraging responses. It must be about time I plugged this album, probably my all-time favourite by Haroula. Others may demur:-
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Re: Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 12:44 am
by judith
The only YouTube video I could find of "Sour Cherries and Bitter Oranges" is not available in my country but I was able to find it on Spotify. You're right, it is very good and I do like it. Can you tell me the title of #5 on the album in English? (It took me a bit of finangling to find the album by searching out and cutting and pasting the Greek here and there).

Re: Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:15 pm
by Philellinas
Translating song titles and lyrics is a thorny subject but here goes. In the English version of the lyrics in the booklet accompanying the CD Track 5 is called "I could give much more" whereas in the Greek version the title is given as "Είναι αρρώστια ν'αγαπώ" (roughly translated "It's a sickness to love"). Both titles are taken from the refrain. It's all very puzzling. Incidentally, when I tried to find a version of the song with Haroula I found that EMI had blocked access to it in this country. Anyway, I hope this helps a little, Judith. Please can you make any further enquiries straightforward! However, if you hadn't asked the question I would probably never have realised there was this discrepancy.

Re: Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:57 pm
by Chris P
2 quarters of the wondrousome Greek (Smyrna style) rembetika group 'Apsilies' (= "empty pockets" ie skint).

Stay with this til Theodora Athanasiou's outstanding vocals come in around the 2 minute mark, or be a lightweight all your life ;) Alternatively drag the slider if ya must!

http://youtu.be/dB7JThtKwXE

Evgenios Voulgaris on yayli (bowed) tanbur

Re: Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 11:21 pm
by judith
The yayli tanbur (thanks for giving us the name of the instrument and the player-Evgenios Voulgaris) is very beautiful, as are the vocals of Theodora Athanasiou's. Thanks, Chris.

Re: Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 11:55 pm
by Chris P
More yaylı tanbur (cümbüş version), this time part of a group sound from one of my favourite groups Alatav:

http://youtu.be/K-ILalnnUmw

and some of you'll remember street buskers SiyaSiyaBend from Fatih Akin's 'Crossing the Bridge' film about Istanbul's music. They share some members with fellow buskers Alatav, so here's a short clip of Ata again playing the cümbüş version yaylı tambur, but better quality filming & recording

http://youtu.be/88LOTkHQPls

don't get me started on hammered dulcimers & santurs btw, love 'em!

Re: Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:05 am
by judith
I can see why you like Alatav, Chris. I assume you have seen them live? I found this on YouTube, again the quality is poor and there is no yayli tanbur (Ata from SiyaSiyaBend ?) but there is a hammered dulcimer.

Alatav - "Tokat"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKeLBrttBD4
I found a more refined version of"Tokat" on Alatav's website:
http://alatav.com/index.html

(I've yet to see "Crossing the Bridge" but I do love some of the soundtrack)

Re: Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:35 am
by Philellinas
judith wrote:(I've yet to see "Crossing the Bridge" but I do love some of the soundtrack)

It's definitely a documentary of two halves. The first half is pretty forgettable but then it warms up and the track featuring Aynur in a hamam is outstanding. Fear not: she is fully clothed. Baba Zula with Brenna MacCrimmon on the Bosphorus also stands out in my memory. Half-recommended, Judith.

Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:26 am
by Philellinas
I don't really like the arabesk style of music but Şevval Sam has done her best to convert me:-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP_679QMsjk&feature=fvsr