Donnerstag, 06.02.2020, Einlass: 19:00 Uhr, Beginn: 20:00 Uhr
“In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that areunknown, and in between, there are doors,” nineteenth century poet and novelist WilliamBlake once beautifully suggested.
To discover new things you sometimes need someone to open a door between the knownand the unknown. Altin Gün (‘Golden Day’) is the band holding that door handle.And when the door swings open you smell, feel and hear a mix of sounds you may haveheard before separately but never in this brilliant new context that sounds totally new.On their debut album ‘On’ (Bongo Joe Records), the band show what happens when youopen doors between Turkish folk songs which were passed on from generation to generationon the one hand and a dirty blend of funk rhythms, wah-wah guitars and analogue organs onthe other. The Amsterdammers who come from various backgrounds (Turkish but alsoIndonesian and Dutch) comfortably create their work in the adventurous no-man’s land thatexists between these two worlds.Older generations of Turkish musicians have also experimented with opening doors betweenpreviously unconnected sonic worlds. During the seventies, artists such as Baris Manço,Selda Ba&287;can and Erkin Koray practiced a way of songwriting and composing similar to AltinGün’s.
They took the music played during the festive occasions and serious formalities of theirchildhood, folk songs backed by a traditional Turkish string instrument called the saz. To this,they added the techniques and vibes of their times and the result then went on to become adistinct Turkish sound during 1972-1977 which even today still sounds rich, danceable and(alright then!) heavily mind bending.
The Altin Gün band members first encountered this music in various ways: through theirupbringing, via friends or after finding life changing compilations in record shops. Their ownpersonal discoveries eventually led them to collectively open doors to crowds everywhereacross Europe, from the Into the Great Wide Open festival in Netherlands to Istanbul, fromGhent to Geneva and from Ravenna to Rotterdam; people all across Europe fell in love withAltin Gün’s unusual combination of familiar sounds.
287;can and Koray have all influenced Altin Gün, but their foremost inspiration isNe&351;et Erta&
351;, a Turkish folk musician whose musical legacy is invaluable. Comparisons arealmost impossible to make but imagine someone with the same impact and status as BobDylan or George Gerschwin and you’re getting close. Many of the songs he wrote havebecome standards in Turkey, national treasures which are cherished up until the present day.Altin Gün retain the lyrical and thematic structure of Erta&351;’s songs, though they often altertheir time signatures and add fuzzy bass sounds, sweltering organ sounds and raw saz riffs.Erta&
351; wrote the majority of the songs on the album even if these are hardly recognisable afterall the work Altin Gün have done on them.
The songs have universal themes such as love, death, desire and destiny. It is touchingmusic that makes you want to move and massages your soul all at once. Music that soundsfamiliar but different. Music that’s deeply emotional even for someone who doesn’t speak aword of Turkish.
Let Altin Gün open that door for you and get ready to indulge in their fresh and beautifulsound.
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