Thursday 31 January 2019, 7.30pm
Friday 1 February 2019, 7.30pm
Grup Simsek + Nilufar Habibian
Hailed as a Anatolian Psych-pop sensation, after the sold out show at Oto last summer Grup Simsek are back for a two days residency. With members originating from Turkey, Germany, France, Italy and Great Britain, Grup Şimşek (pronounced « Shimshek ») encapsulates the Outernational generation.
Unlike in Western Pop culture, Turkish Pop music rather lives from traditional songs and endless ways of re-imagining them. Grup Şimşek take the righteous and rich Turkish poetry to the future whilst not losing awareness of the past. Grup Şimşek deliver their own interpretation of Turkish jewels (by artists such as Selda Bağcan, Barış Manço, Özdemir Erdoğan), but also draw their originality from their compositions and abilities in improvising.
Nilufar Habibian is an award-winning Iranian qanun player, composer and improviser based in London, UK.
Nilufar performs a variety of musical styles ranging from Persian classical and Middle-Eastern music to avant-garde and experimental contemporary Western music.