Aşık Duo - feat. Defne Şahin & Guy Mintus

Aşık Duo

Aşık (Lover), this is what turkish folk singers are called, which used to travel throughout the country with their Bağlama sanging their songs. These were simple poems and clear melodies, which were enhanced by complex rhythms in the accompaniment.

In the 20th century these songs were played by one Aşık. Singer Defne Şahin (Germany/Turkey) and pianist Guy Mintus (Israel/USA) however are interpreting the anatolian folk song as a duo.

The two musicians met each other in 2012 at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. Their interpretenations are full of rich harmonies and rhythmic variations, which always enhance the meaning of the folk song. Their sounds range from simple chords to complex odd-meters, sometimes accompanied by Defne Sahin’s clapping. The Turkish musical tradition is presented in a new light reaching from modern jazz in New York to mediterranean music in Istanbul.

The Aşık Duo has performed in several venues in New York, at the a-trane in Berlin and in Istanbul, where they were invited for an Artist Residency by the Goethe Institute and Foreign Office of Germany.



GA Seated || PLEASE NOTE: There is a TWO DRINK MINIMUM in the room.

Advance tickets are available online until 5:30PM, day of show. Any remaining tickets can be purchased at the door at showtime.

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