Play it By Ear: Turkey’s Masters of the Mash-Up
As Istanbul is the meeting point of many cultures, its music subculture is exquisitely rich and diverse, blending many flavors of cultural characteristics.
Last Thursday there was a great gig at the club Mini Müzikhol—which is the place to go late at night to dance and listen to good electronic music—with Insanlar, a music performance project. Insanlar (“The Peoples”) is a gathering of performers of different genres and backgrounds improvising on tribal shamanic music and the dances and sounds of the Anatolian peninsula.
The passion comes from the land, the origins, the roots, and yet this harmonizes with the newness of being experimental. This is a totally improvisational band; they don’t have any rehearsals before the gigs. They come together on the concert days and randomly play their instruments and sounds according to their “genres,” without any hierarchy.
The music is really deep, I must say. It’s kind of seventies psychedelic, tribal and minimal electronic, married with Anatolian folk sounds and traditional instruments in a super-authentic and modern way. This makes the sound unique and universal.
Check the links and enjoy a transcendental journey through the Anatolia, Caucasian, and Mesopotamian cultural worlds.