Tuesday 19, February 2013
This month Izzet and I teamed up as a duo to explore some new approaches. February 5 saw us play at JeanSanat Sahne, a program of free improvisations, seeking Now. We had the great pleasure of being joined by Köln art trumpeter Matthias Mainz, during his very brief visit to Istanbul.
On February 14th, (the day when women in Istanbul gather in the main square to stand up for respectful treatment within relationships), Izzet and I performed Pasif.ist as a duo at Alt. to an intimate crowd of great listeners. It was an exciting evening and we had a lot of fun. Kerem - I think we're officially adding Kasimpaşa Cats to our program.
Wednesday 19, December 2012
Izzet Kizil (percussion), Sercan Halili (klasik kemence), Ceyhun Kaya (uflemeler), Abdullah Shakar (bass). The pasif.ist ensemble together again, freely blending ideas from east and west folk, urban, classic, with the universal resonance of improvisation.
Cafe Mitanni - is a great little jazz cafe near Cihangir off Istiklal.
Katip Çelebi Mh. 34433 Beyoğlu/Istanbul
0212 244 8666
Thursday 15, November 2012
This week we went over to Deneyevi Studios and recorded new music for new albums. Dine Doneff, Izzet Kizil, Robert Reigle and myself ...
For me, playing with these musicians is a real thrill, they are so creative on their instruments, and very experienced players. I had a ball. In the studio we played with conceptual ideas and directions, but for me the essence of the session was about each musician doing what he/she felt at that very moment, catching art in real time - communing with 'now'. It wasn't exactly easy sometimes - preconceptions, judgements and habits crept in, and we would have to refocus. But you know when you hit 'now', because everything miraculously makes sense and it feels fresh as crunchy vegetables straight out of the ground.
Thanks to all the musicians and also to our able sound engineer Emre, and to Emrah and Ergin at Deneyevi.
Monday 10, December 2012
Izzet Kizil (percussion), Sercan Halili (klasik kemence), Ceyhun Kaya (uflemeler), Abdullah Shakar (bass). The pasif.ist ensemble comes together, freely blending ideas from east and west folk, urban, classic, with the universal resonance of improvisation. 'Difference creates Harmony'.
Monday 12, November 2012
Natalia Mann Trio consider the poetry of music in a new project with bassist DINE DONEFF (aka Kostas Theodorou) from Greece, and percussionist IZZET KIZIL (Istanbul Sessions). We'll be joined by special guest avant garde saxophonist ROBERT REIGLE (Islak Kopek, MIAM).
We had a great show at Alt. jazz club. Thanks to all who came. We played some numbers from Dine Doneff, and also from myself and Izzet Kizil. We finished with Tribute to Okanagan, a 25 minute improvisation inspired by Giacinto Scelsi's Okanagan for harp, percussion and bass, which Robert Reigle introduced us to. That was fun. Thanks to the audience who were important parts of the ensemble! Thanks to Robert who joined us and Dine who came over from Thessaloniki.