Friday 25 February, Doors 6pm, for 6.30pm start
Location: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London
An evening of Anatolian & Alevi music and storytelling with the talented Making Tracks alumni Ozan Baysal and his band.
Anatolian Groove is led by Turkish bağlama player Ozan Baysal, who specialises in traditional şelpe technique which he blends with the harmonic practices in tonal and jazz music.
For this performance of Anatolian folk, Baysal will be joined by Melisa Yıldırım on kamancha, Rıza Koyupınar on percussion, Suna Alan on voice, and Dursun Can Çakın on bağlama.
The bağlama or saz is an emblem of Anatolian culture, played during Alevi religious practices, spiritual songs and dances. Come journey through Anatolia as Tuna Semih Savaşal shares the real stories behind the music.
For questions or further details, please email SOAS Concert Series coordinator Georgie Pope on firstname.lastname@example.org
About the artist:
Eliane Correa & La Evolución is a fresh, high-energy 12-piece Cuban timba fusion orchestra consisting of some of the top Cuban and Latin musicians in the UK. Led by Latina powerhouse pianist Eliane Correa who has MD'd for the likes of Mayito Rivera from Los Van Van and Maite Hontelé and written for Mixael Cabrera among others, the band is fronted by renowned Cuban vocalists Dunia Correa and Barcelona-based Yadira Ferrer. After selling out 4 shows in a row at the legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, the orchestra is now preparing to release their album, Signo de Fuego, at the beginning of 2022.
Eli & La Evolución started out inspired by the modern Havana sound of large-format timba orchestras and soon found its own London-infused voice, featuring electric guitars and synths over powerful, distinctively Cuban grooves. La Evolución has been bringing their entirely original repertoire (written and composed by Correa herself) to the stages of the UK since 2011, including a 7-year uninterrupted monthly residency at Ronnie Scotts Upstairs and an array of performances at leading UK festivals including a headline show at Glastonbury's Glasto Latino stage in 2019.
The powerful yet intricately weaved arranging style of Correa's timba-based repertoire lets the listener dance to the groove without letting go of any of the compositional complexities of timba music – even nodding occasionally to soul and reggae music and modern jazz pianists such as Robert Glasper and Herbie Hancock. Correa's lyrics make a point of highlighting the female experience from a place of celebration, liberation and empowerment; changing the gender narrative in Latin music lyrics is an important part of her vision.