Byzantine Time Machine are a new discovery, thanks to a darling friend in Italy who hipped me to their mix of ethno-dub music a few months ago.
Kayno Yesno Slonce are a band based out of Sofia, Bulgaria, who straddle genres so easily that they’re nearly impossible to classify. There is a gentle beauty in the music that reminds me of Bert Jansch or The Incredible String Band, but one can hear elements of Wyrd Folk like Shirley Collins or the more instrumental endeavors of Current 93. For those of you who like neofolk, Balkan music, or something slightly hazy and psychedelic, this album is a stunningly good choice for your ears.
We have the tremendous pleasure to announce that one of Turkey’s finest musicians will be touring the United States and Canada starting August 15th! See below for further details:
– Numinous Music Presents –
MEHMET POLAT TRIO
2016 North America Summer & Fall Tour
August 11th – September 12th, 2016
August 11th – Aga Khan Museum – Toronto, Canada
August 13th – Skinny Pancake – Burlington, Vermont
August 14th – Skinny Pancake – Hanover, New Hampshire
August 17th – Ryles – Boston, Massachusetts
August 18th – Lincoln Center – New York City, New York
August 19th – House Concert: Tribeca Loft – New York City, New York
August 20th – Worlds Of Music Chicago – Educational Workshop & House Concert – Chicago, Illinois
August 21st – Chicago Academy of Music – Chicago, Illinois
August 23rd – Des Moines Social Club – Des Moines, Iowa
August 24th – Dakotas Jazz – Minneapolis, Minnesota
August 26th – Corazon Performing Arts – Los Angeles, California
August 27th – House Concert with Sahba Motallebi – Laguna Hills, California
August 28th – Corazon Performing Arts – Educational Workshop – Los Angeles, California
August 28th – The Mint – Los Angeles, California
August 30th – Sea Of Glass – Tucson, Arizona
August 31st – Musical Instrument Museum – Phoenix, Arizona
September 1st – Doc’s Lab – San Francisco, California
September 2nd – Kuumbwa Jazz Center – Santa Cruz, California
September 3rd – The Harris Center – Sacramento, California
September 4th -The Jazz School – Workshop & concert – Berkeley, California
September 7th – University Of Richmond – Workshop & Concert – Richmond, Virginia
September 8th – The Hill Center – Washington, DC
September 9th – Poughkeepsie Day School – Workshops – Poughkeepsie, New York
September 9th – Howland Cultural Center – Beacon, New York
September 10th – Crossroads – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 11th – Club Bonafide – New York City, New York
MORE UPCOMING CONCERTS 2016
September 16th – Festival Musica Sacra – Maastricht, Netherlands
September 18th – Festival Musica Sacra – Maastricht, Netherlands
September 23rd-25th – ‘Wenster op het Oosten’ Workshops – De Glind, Netherlands
October 1st – Cultuushuis Ruurlo – Ruurlo, Netherlands
October 6th – Small World Music – Toronto, Canada
October 10th – Cuyamaca Collage – El Cajon, California – US
October 13rd – Monterrey, Mexico (venue tba)
October 15th – Cervantino Festival, Ex Hacienda San Gabriel, Guanajuato, Mexico
October 16th – Mérida, Mexico (venue tba)
October 19th – Treibhaus – Innsbrück, Austria
October 20th – Textilemuseum – Helmbrechts, Germany
October 21st – Sendesaal – Bremen, Germany
October 22nd – Ud Festival, Mezrab – Amsterdam, Netherlands
October 23rd – Ud Festival, Meervaart – Amsterdam, Netherlands
December 18th – Cultuurhuis Heerlen – Heerlen, Netherlands
– This music is much more than a meeting of Turkish and West African musical styles. There is a poetic eloquence here that compels the listener to respond in a visceral and emotional manner. It is music that gently demands deep listening, and inspires introspection and the unveiling of new insights. – Doobeedoobeedoo, USA
Note: The Mehmet Polat Trio is currently preparing to record the second album ‘Ask Your Heart’, expected to be released in Autumn 2016. Please stay in contact for upcoming news.
US, Canada and Mexico
Craig S. Hyman
U.S. Cell: +1(917)-854-6315
+90 532 653 44 44
Though I am a big fan of Zlatko’s work (as evidence by the previous post featuring his old band, Lola V. Stain), I can’t say I was a big fan of Beni’s in the past. He seemed like a great guy, decent to the core of his bones, but his music never quite moved me, as it reminded me too much of 80s power ballad tripe that I ran away from in Los Angeles.
Hearing this piece has caused me to utterly reevaluate his music. This seems precisely what he was made to be doing, and Zlatko is bringing out the best in him Bravo to both!
One of the greatest bands in the history of Balkan alternative music, Anastasia were fronted by singer Goran Trajkoski (Gotra), who went on to sing for Macedonian legends Mizar, as well as making incredible music as a solo musician. He is also an old friend who is as decent as he is talented.
Here is a sample of what you’re hearing, which is based on a text from the Holy Bible (David’s Psalm 137:1) in historic documents connected with destruction of Jerusalem by Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II in 588 BC.:
На реките Вавилонски
таму седевме и плачевме
сеќавајќи се на Цион
На врбите среде него
ги обесивме нашите харфи
Таму нашите поробувачи ни бараа песни
нашите мачители се радуваа викајќи:
Пејте ни од песните ционски
Како да пееме песни господови на земји туѓински
Ако те заборавам тебе, Ерусалиме
нека се заборави десницата моја
Нека си го голтнам јазикот
ако не се сетам на тебе
ако не го издигнам Ерусалим
над мојата најголема радост
Сети се Господи на синовите едомски
кога дента во Ерусалим викаа:
разурнете го, разурнете го до темели.
Ќерко вавилонска, опустошена
блежен нека биде тој што ќе ти го направи тебе
она што ти ни го направи нам
Блажен нека биде тој што ќе ги земе децата твои
и ќе ги удри од камен.
By the rivers of Babylon,
There we sat down and wept,
When we remembered Zion.
Upon the willows in the midst of it
We hung our harps.
For there our captors demanded of us songs,
And our tormentors mirth, saying,
“Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”
How can we sing the LORD’S song
In a foreign land?
If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
May my right hand forget her skill.
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
If I do not remember you,
If I do not exalt Jerusalem
Above my chief joy.
Remember, O LORD, against the sons of Edom
The day of Jerusalem,
Who said, “Raze it, raze it
To its very foundation.”
O daughter of Babylon, you devastated one,
How blessed will be the one who repays you
With the recompense with which you have repaid us.
How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones
Against the rock.