Baul Meets Saz | Namaz
CD release June 29th 2018
Catalogue number : 2GN006
The relatively young record label Seyir Muzik Label has added another gem to their repertoire with this pearl. A label to keep an eye on, and Emre Gültekin is someone to keep track of on his musical adventure trip. An absolute must! Holly Moors, moormagazine, August 2018
The Turkish-Indian project Baul Meets Saz has blossomed thanks to the thunderbolt between the three components (…) Wealth of original sounds, openness to the “other” and sharing are the reasons to listen to “Namaz”. To be searched. Carla Visca, Blogfoolk, July 2018
It all fits in with the relaxing, friendly character of the music, which by the way is of an overwhelming beauty. In all respects a world-class record! Jan Willem Broek, subjectivisten.nl, 2018/30
Seyir Muzik combines ethnic depth, sonic finesse and elegance. The graphic sobriety of the objects, adorned with black and white photographs, is inversely proportional to the musical majesty that emerges from this catalog. Jean-Luc Germain, Le Télégramme, 7/08/2018
This is the first date tonight, but it shows to be perfectly at ease in telling with words and sounds such a mystical universe. The magical connections that are created, transform the evening into an unexpected inner experience, deeply transcendental and relaxing. Listening to these melodies under the stars takes us far, in a long and enchanting journey … Off Topic Magazine (Italy), 23/07/2018
A magical meeting that transforms the evening, (…) an extraordinary spiritual experience, deeply mystical and pacifying in this world of borders and walls, that in fact are none. MB News (Italy, 2/07/2018)
Malabika Brahma : vocals | Sanjoy Khyapa : dubki, guitar, dotara | Emre Gültekin : vocals, saz
Guests: Vardan Hovanissian : duduk | Nathan Daems : kaval | Ruben Tenenbaum : violin | Levent Yıldırım : percussion | Robbe Kieckens : percussion
Singer and saz player Emre Gültekin was born in Belgium and learned music from his father, Lütfü Gültekin. His technique, fine play and deep voice have been recorded in many projects, including Gültekinler, Talipler, Blindnote and more recently, Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin and Guo Gan & Emre Gültekin. His repertoire focuses on the songs of the aşık, bards of Anatolia who travel from village to village carrying their songs. Emre presents himself as a troubadour of modern times, equipped with his saz, the long-handled lute emblematic of Turkey.
A year ago, Emre met the Indian duo BrahmaKhyapa, an outstanding couple of traditional musicians, who perpetuates the tradition of Baul music. Malabika Brahma (vocals) and Sanjay Khyapa (dubki, dotara) fell immediately the possible connections between saz and Baul music.
They are both musical and spiritual : repertoires, similarities between the communities to which they belong, nomadic way of life, and echoes they found in their poetry. Thus was born the idea of an album they are preparing for summer 2018, which is a tribute to the values shared by these two cultures. They call into question the meaning of borders, travel, wealth, wisdom and love.
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