Re: Greek/Turkish gig next up at St Ethels on Oct 1st

From: Wallee Mc D.
Sent on: Saturday, September 25, 2010 4:59 PM
We're delighted to welcome the talented vocalist, Cigdem Aslan to St Ethelburga's with her musicians for;

Songs of Smyrna

Istanbul-born singer ��i��dem Aslan (pronounced Cheedem) brings an authentic voice and exquisite styling to the poignant songs associated with the Greek and Turkish diasporas which were created after the forced population exchanges between the two countries in the early 1920s.  Born out of hardship yet full of resilience and with a devil-may-care attitude, these are the ���Blues of the Mediterranean���.  The story of two once-integrated communities torn apart by the violent events of history is conjured up in Louis de Berni��re's favourite novel Birds Without Wings, and ��i��dem Aslan brings this to life in song, accompanied by Pavlos Melas (guitar & vocals), Pavlos Carvalho (bouzouki) and Cahit Baylav (violin).


"On stage Aslan is a fresh, natural and relaxed performer with a beautiful voice. Her facility to slip from Greek to Turkish and several other languages is a real asset".  Simon Broughton, Songlines.


Pic by Ray Allan

Amission ��12

Doors open: 6.45

Music: 7.30


St Ethelburga's Centre

78 Bishopsgate

London EC2N 4AG


email: [address removed]



Best wshes



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