Oriental Wind, the project of Okay Temiz which derives its influence from Turkish folklore and sufi music as it brings together jazz and improvisation, will be at the Drama Stage on May 8th as a part of Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival!
Oriental Wind was first founded after Okay Temiz, who went to Sweden in 1967, decided to distill his musical experience into a project. Coming together with musicians such as Bobo Stensson, Palle Danielson, Lennart Aberg and Ahmet Tekbilek, Temiz founded Oriental Wind in 1974.
Having released 6 LPs so far and took the stage in 308 festivals as well as a total of 3600 live performances, the band played a critical role in the reemerge of the genre titled world music by bringing together the music of Turkey, Africa, India, Macedonia and South Africa. Using the hand-made signature instruments of Okay Temiz, Oriental Wind received critical success from all over the world.
After he returned to Turkey in 1994, Okay Temiz rejuvenated Oriental Wind with musicians based in Turkey. The band currently consists of Ahmet Özden (shrill pipe), Aydın Borucu (trumpet), Çağdaş Oruç (soprano, tenor sax), Eylem Pelit (bass), Tom Temiz (piano) and Rüstem Çenbeli (drums, chalice drums), with Temiz leading them on the percussion and dümbuka, his signature instrument.
On May 8th, Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival will host Oriental Wind, one of the defining bands of where improvizational jazz meets world music since over 40 years, at the Drama Stage!
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!