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Olcay Bayir in Sheffield

Olcay Bayir
The HUBS, Sheffield
Friday 20th March 2020, £8.00
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Talking Gigs 2 are really excited to announce the arrival in Sheffield of the wonderful Anatolian talent that is Olcay Bayir. Along with her six piece band Olcay (spoken as Ol-djai) will take us on a journey of emotions through her musical heritage.Born in Gaziantep in the south of Turkey the geographical and cultural counterpart to Aleppo across the Syrian border Olcays childhood was characterized by transition. Moving every few years to different areas of Anatolia gave the young Olcay an insight into the diverse cultural and religious approaches of the region, and what it means to be Anatolian: I believe that culture more than religion or nationality provides identity. Id rather talk about traditions and regions, rather than specific religions and nations. You are you, whatever religion or country youre from.Classically trained as a soprano, collaborations with musicians from all around the world have informed Olcays music as much as the rich tradition of Kurdish and Turkish folk songs of her youth. Olcays music, arranged and produced by Al MacSween and Giuliano Modarelli, exemplifies this and bears the musical stamp of their worldjazz collective Kefaya a lilting west African feel somehow sits comfortably with Kurdish song Ferz, and the traditional Cypriot dance song Dolama is restructured with a catchy melodic hook and a groove that builds to an ecstatic climax. Olcay prefers to think of herself as a citizen of the world, an identity carved moving from place to place, absorbing cultural influences along the way.Talking Gigs2 looks forward to you joining us at The HUBS in Sheffield for a magical Middle Eastern musical evening.

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