Reviews that mention Sevket Akinci

January 25, 2012

Mark Alban Lotz & Islak Köpek

Istanbul Improv Sessions May 4th
Evil Rabbit Records ERR 16

Mark Alban Lotz

Istanbul Improv Sessions May 5th

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More below the Jazz radar than its equivalent in any city of similar size, Istanbul’s Free Music scene is still evolving. Nevertheless, as these demonstrated by these CDs, recorded on subsequent days by a Dutch-based German flautist plus local Turkish improvisers, many of the city’s players are ready for prime time.

A bandleader and composer who plays most members of the flute family and has worked with musicians as different as the Zapp String Quartet, vocalist Fay Victor and trombonist Wolter Wierbos, German Mark Alban Lotz is cast in a distinct role on either CD. Although each intermingles the flautist’s playing with subsets of local musicians, those on May 5 are a motley group who often work in different combinations. The date from the day previously however, has Lotz alongside members of Islak Köpek (IK), who have regularly played together since 2005, including a festival appearance with French percussionist Lê Quan Ninh. MORE

December 24, 2010

Dead Country

Featuring Eugene Chadbourne
Konnex KCD 5250

Asaf Sirkis Trio

Letting Go

Stonebird Productions SBPT 002

Unique and somewhat freaky glimpses into music that usually percolates a little outside as what can only be described as mainstream avant garde is provided by these CDs. While that term may be an oxymoron, how often is British-Israeli Jazz-Rock or Improv-Country-Rock played by a Turkish American combo on the musical front burner?

In truth, Letting Go, consisting of seven compositions by London-based, Petah Tikva-born drummer Asaf Sirkis is high-class Fusion that ignores neither the inventive Jazz nor the rhythmic Rock thrust of that particular hybrid. Besides Sirkis’ inventive – and most importantly never overpowering – percussion work, the CD features solidly reflective electric bass fills from Tel Aviv-born Yaron Stavi and roistering lead-guitar licks from Greek guitarist Tassos Spiliotopoulos. MORE