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Burhan Öçal + Istanbul Oriental Ensemble

Burhan Öçal + Istanbul Oriental Ensemble / Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

Turkey’s most internationally successful ensemble, Burhan Öcal's Istanbul Oriental Ensemble, takes us by surprise with this thrilling CD played by a freshline-up incorporating conservatory-trained young musicians who have injected an astonishing burst of new energy into the group. Taking their inspiration from Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar – the world’s biggest covered market – they present arrangements with a contemporary feel that echo the atmosphere of this vibrant city on the boundary between orient and occident while still respecting the great tradition of Ottoman music. Virtuoso and at times filigree solos on clarinet, ud, kanun and fiddle are underpinned by groovy percussions. With their live performance from the repertoire of this CD at the triumphant finale of the World Music concert series in Frankfurt Palmengarten these “breathtaking magicians of sound” (Mojo, London) had the audience, young and old alike, in a frenzy. It was a rare highlight of live world music that plumbed the depths and scaled the heights of musical aesthetics.

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