Olcay Bayir was named by the Guardian as “an impressive newcomer to London's vibrant global music scene” for her first release in 2014. She launches her new album Rüya - Dream for Anatolia, produced by award-winning jazz collective Kefaya, members of which also perform in her band, bringing groove and first class London musicianship to her velvet voice and heartfelt songs in Turkish and Kurdish.
Most reviews of Olcay focus on her striking voice. She was opera-trained in London but, born in Gaziantep in Turkey’s south not far from the Syrian border. Her soul is rooted in the deeply emotional music of Anatolia. Her father was an aşik singer in the Alevi tradition, where music is highly valued, and she has been writing songs since the age of six. Alongside traditional songs in sparkling jazzy arrangements, her powerful live set presents her own life-enhancing compositions that were awarded a Women Make Music grant by the Performing Rights for Music Foundation PRS.
“An impressive newcomer to London's vibrant global music scene” The Guardian
“We’re going to hear a lot more about Turkish Olcay Bayir" ★★★★★ fRoots Magazine
“A truly astounding debut. I can think of no better introduction to the music of these traditions.” Fatea Magazine
"Rüya (dream)" will be released by @ARC Music on 29 March.
Preorder the album here, CD direct from ARC or Amazon and download from iTunes http://smarturl.it/olcaybayir
Listen on previous recordings by Olcay
Olcay will be accompanied by Giuliano Modarelli and AlMac Sween from the award winning band Kefaya who are also the producers of "Rüya .
Olcay Bayır - voice
Al MacSween- piano/keys
Aurel Qirjo- violin
Giuliano Modarelli - guitar
Huw Bennett - Double Bass
Joost Hendrickx- Drums
and surprise musicians !
See you all there!!!
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