Friday 1 February 2019, 7.30pm
Hailed as a Anatolian Psych-pop sensation, after the sold out show at Oto last summer Grup Simsek are back for a two days residency. With members originating from Turkey, Germany, France, Italy and Great Britain, Grup Şimşek (pronounce « Shimshek ») encapsulates the Outernational generation.
Unlike in Western Pop culture, Turkish Pop music rather lives from traditional songs and endless ways of re-imagining them. Grup Şimşek take the righteous and rich Turkish poetry to the future whilst not losing awareness of the past. Grup Şimşek deliver their own interpretation of Turkish jewels (by artists such as Selda Bağcan, Barış Manço, Özdemir Erdoğan), but also draw their originality from their beautiful compositions and abilities in improvising.
After the success of their first EP Nem Kaldi in 2017 Catapulte Records/Bongo Joe Records) they are now promoting the brand new single 'Eminem' also featured in the upcoming new Album due in spring 2019. The line up include Derya Yildirim at the Saz, Antonin Voyant on Guitar; Graham Mushnik on Keys and Synth; Andrea Pirovano on Electric Bass and Greta Eacott on Drums
Nilufar Habibian is an award-winning Iranian qanun player, composer and improviser based in London, UK. She has received her diploma in music (kanun performance) from Tehran Music Conservatoire and studied Persian classical music in Iran under the supervision of the most prominent Iranian Maestros. She has received her bachelor in music from the Royal Holloway University of London and her master in composition from Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has performed in prestigious venues and concert halls in Iran and the UK.
Nilufar performs a variety of musical styles ranging from Persian classical and Middle-Eastern music to avant-garde and experimental contemporary Western music. In her solo performances, she tries to offer new interpretations of the Persian classical repertoire approaching it from a new and modern (technically and aesthetically) viewpoint. Aiming to introduce Persian classical music to a wider audience, she performs a mixture of improvised and composed pieces in Iranian dastgahs (modes) on her instrument, qanun.