|Cigdem Aslan A Thousand Cranes/Mortissa (Paket/package, 2 CDs)|
|From the 1920s Smyrna and Istanbul of Çi?dem’s debut album ‘Mortissa’, ‘A Thousand Cranes’ expands to Athens, the Balkans and South East Anatolia. A band of world class musicians, led once again by the musical director Nikos Baimpas, accompanies her journey with a modern and crisp sound, embellishing the deep rooted melodies with modern jazzy influences and inspired improvisations.
Released by Asphalt Tango Records, 2016, Format: CD
"Mortissa" (a strong independent woman) is an album of smyrneika/rebetiko songs in Greek and Turkish with musical roots in Anatolia. The music arose in the turbulent times of the 1920s. This is the music of the alternative, the underground scene, the music of freedom-loving people; appropriate for the current political situation. Although there have been many recordings of rebetiko over the years, Cigdem Aslan presents a fresh take, an immigrant herself from her homeland, a person from a minority ethnic group, a female singer in a usually male genre. Having made her mark singing as front singer of award-winning She’koyokh Klezmer Ensemble and also having graced the stage as opening act for Turkish diva Sezen Aksu and for Yasmin Levy, with this debut album Cigdem (pronounced ‘Cheedem’) is ready to take the stage as a star in her own right.
Released by Asphalt Tango Records, 2013, Format: CD
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