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Hüsnü Şenlendirici/Trio Chios- Gel Gel Kayıkçı

PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:28 pm
by Philellinas
From a recent release on the Doublemoon label. This lot certainly get around Istanbul:-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stEPG0Pn6os

Re: Hüsnü Şenlendirici/Trio Chios- Gel Gel Kayıkçı

PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 11:18 pm
by Chris P
Philellinas wrote:This lot certainly get around Istanbul

haha - some weird discontinuities with musicians disappearing too. Must say I quite enjoyed this, despite my favourite Taksim Trio-er (baglama whiz Ismail Tuncbilek) not participating.
Talking of participation, I kept hoping the woman would sing, but for this video she seemed to be a prop which was a shame.
Anyway another enjoyable Greek/Turkish collab.

Re: Hüsnü Şenlendirici/Trio Chios- Gel Gel Kayıkçı

PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:09 am
by judith
Thanks Phil, I do like this music. Now I know that it is, as Chris puts it, Greek and Turkish collaborations.

Chris P wrote:Talking of participation, I kept hoping the woman would sing, but for this video she seemed to be a prop which was a shame.


I kept waiting for her to sing, hoping she wasn't there for decoration, and thought she wasn't singing but then I listened a second time and she is singing harmony occasionally and very very softly. What I could hear of her voice made me want to hear more. I hope I wasn't imagining that as the result of wishful thinking.

Re: Hüsnü Şenlendirici/Trio Chios- Gel Gel Kayıkçı

PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:16 am
by Chris P
judith wrote:she is singing harmony occasionally and very very softly


oh yes, so she is - well spotted Judith

The clarinet player Husnu Senlendirici is a hugely popular star in Turkey. Props to him for his Taksim Trio project and now following with this new album (again released by Doublemoon) with the Trio Chios. Both strong (if sometimes almost too mellifluous) & interesting music, when all the commercial pressure will be to follow his massive selling solo album of a few years back with a more syrupy & glittery offering, production, guest stars etc.

Re: Hüsnü Şenlendirici/Trio Chios- Gel Gel Kayıkçı

PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:16 pm
by Chris P
More Husnu & Trio Chios, posting this for hellenicPhil : the hand-tinted olden postcards change every 40 secs or so - should be right up his 'sokak' I should think

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pCeBfRcJms

'Ada Sahilleri' - great playing, Aytac Dogan's qanun - so good

Re: Hüsnü Şenlendirici/Trio Chios- Gel Gel Kayıkçı

PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:21 am
by Tonie
Beautiful, thank you Phil and Chris! I think I prefer the first link, with the singing (in Greek I think?), but both are lovely!

Re: Hüsnü Şenlendirici/Trio Chios- Gel Gel Kayıkçı

PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:31 pm
by Philellinas
Chris P wrote:More Husnu & Trio Chios, posting this for hellenicPhil : the hand-tinted olden postcards change every 40 secs or so - should be right up his 'sokak' I should think


Belated thanks, Chris, for unearthing this clip. It is indeed right up my alley and falls within my 'mahalas' (i.e. bailiwick).
Yes, Tonie, most of the lyrics of the original song are in Greek but there is a strong Turkish influence as well. Some of the words are Turkish or transliterated into Greek (Γκιουζέλ-χανούμ in this song) and the destination of the caique is 'I Poli', i.e. Istanbul. The lyric writer was expressing his longing for what in Greek are called "the lost homelands" (Asia Minor)by including a significant Turkish element in the song. This is typical of nostalgic re(m)betika songs dating from that era- the 1940's and 1950's.