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New Meetup: Songs of Smyrna

From: Angel
Sent on: Saturday, September 25, 2010 6:11 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The World Music Meetup!

What: Songs of Smyrna

When: Friday, October 1,[masked]:45 PM

Where: St Ethelburga's Centre
78 Bishopsgate

Istanbul-born singer ?iğdem 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 ?iğdem 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.

Amission ?12

Doors open: 6.45

Music: 7.30

St Ethelburga's Centre

78 Bishopsgate

London EC2N 4AG


email: [address removed]

Warm regards to all!

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