Esmerine, the Canadian modern chamber music ensemble which produces in a variety of genres such as drone music, post-punk and Turkish folk, will be at Zorlu PSM on May 4th as a part of Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival!
Founded in Montreal in 2000 by Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Bruce Cawdron (drums) and Thee Silver Mt. Zion's Beckie Foon (cello), Esmerine released two albums in early 2000s on their own Madrona Records label; If Only A Sweet Surrender To The Nights To Come Be True (2003) and Aurora (2005).
The critical acclaim that the first two albums received with their experimental and visceral take on modern chamber music carried on into the next two; La Lechuza (2011) and Dalmak (2013), both released on Constellation. Dalmak received multiple accolades including a Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year, leading to the fifth album of the band that was released once again on Constellation; Lost Voices (2015), which featured a contribution by Godspeed You! Black Emperor's violinist Sophie Trudeau and was nominated once again for a Juno.
Esmerine's current crew also includes percussionist Jamie Thompson, multi-instrumentalist Brian Sanderson and bassist Jéremi Roy, enabling the band to refer to itself as a chamber rock quintet. They are known to be using lightbox projections by artist/puppeteer Clea Minaker in their live performances to carry their minimalistic style that consists mainly of percussion, cello and marimba forward with a visual touch.
On May 4th, Zorlu PSM will host Esmerine, the Canadian ensemble of minimalist classical and chamber music, as a part of Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival!
Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival
Istanbul is getting ready to host a brand new festival! Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival, which looks at music from a broad perspective while adopting the polyphony of it, will take place for the first time between May 3rd and 12th!
Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival, which will also feature shades of blues, electronic, ethnic, funk, indie, classic, pop and rock, will position itself in the middle of the art and culture scene of the city between May 3rd and 12th.
Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival, which will take place between May 3rd and 12th, will feature the following line-up full of jazz legends and amazing talents: Chick Corea, the legendary American jazz/fusion pianist and composer, who will share the stage with American jazz drummer Brian Blade and Puerto Rican jazz contrabass player Eddie Gómez; Jan Garbarek, the Norwegian saxophonist who is considered as the founder of Scandinavian jazz, and Indian percussionist/composer Trilok Gurtu; American jazz, soul and blues artist Beth Hart; Grammy award-winning pianist Michel Camilo and Spanish flamenco virtuoso Tomatito; Stephan Micus, the multi-instrumentalist from Germany who is one of the most esteemed names of contemporary classical music and world music; Brazzaville, the American band which combines indie-pop, bossa nova and chamber pop; Esmerine, the Canadian band which brings together modern chamber music with sub-genres such as drone, post-punk and Turkish folk music; Pantha du Prince, the German producer/composer and conceptual artist; Oriental Wind, the project of Okay Temiz which will harmonize jazz and improvisation with influence from Turkish folklore and sufi music; the concert which will feature the music from Nezih Ünen's documentary Lost Songs of Anatolia being performed by esteemed musicians; Funkbook, the project of Önder Focan and Şallıel Bros, two prominent figures of Turkey's music scene; Gaye Su Akyol, who has continued the success of her debut album Develerle Yaşıyorum in her second one, Hologram İmparatorluğu; Redd, one of the most successful pop/rock bands from Turkey; Gülün / Allulli / De Raymondi, a multicultural project which brings together music from different geographies and Esra Kayıkçı, an up-and-coming singer/songwriter from Turkey!
Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival will kickstart a brand new tradition in the art and culture scene of Istanbul with the parties, panels, workshops, record market, open air free events, film and documentary screenings it will host along with breathtaking performances that will cover a diverse range of genres under one roof; jazz!