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Wed, 8 May 2019 19:30
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Blues der Großstadt / Çiğdem Aslan

With virtuosic lightness, the Alevi-Kurdish singer Çiğdem Aslan gives the rembetiko a new lease of life in her adopted home city of London. Her weightless, passionate singing keeps alive the hope that different cultures will be able to live together in peace and joy one day.

»Two souls, alas, are housed within my breast.« A number of contemporary musicians who live in the liminal world between (at least) two cultures might well second this famous exclamation from Goethe’s »Faust«. On the one hand they make music in the traditional styles of their musical forebears – be that raï, which is often called the »blues of Algeria«; the melancholic Finnish tango; the wistful rembetiko sung by the Greeks expelled from Asia Minor; or the klezmer, which remembers the lost world of the Jewish schtetl.

On the other hand, however, these musicians also live in the present, in modern cities such as London, Paris and Berlin, where they soak up new influences and integrate them into the old genres. In the process they create a new blues of the big city – with one foot in the present and the other in the past.


Çiğdem Aslan vocals

Michalis Kouloumis violin

Dimitris Koufogiorgos bouzouki

Colin Somervell double bass

Antonio Romero darbuka

Antonis Anissegos piano

Nikolaos Baimpas kanun and musical director


A Thousand Cranes

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