The King of Balkan Brass, an icon of modern Turkish music and a virtuoso of traditional South Korean percussion will play at 15th edition of Globaltica World Cultures Festival!
Boban Marković’s music was first introduced to Western audiences through Emir Kusturica’s films Underground and Arizona Dream. But now the band is touring all over the world with 13 albums released so far.
Marković’s attitude concerning the development of brass band music is consistent with the history of the style. Rooted in early transpositions of popular folk tunes, Gypsy brass band music began with the introduction of the trumpet to Serbia in 1804, during the Karageorge uprising. Used as a tool for communication amongst Turkish soldiers, the trumpet was eventually picked up by Gypsies, who incorporated their own intricate rhythmic sensibilities into the style, bringing the music closer to the ecstatic, danceable form that is heard today.
Located somewhere indefinably between Anatolian roots and Oriental psychedelia, Gaye Su Akyol's ingenious melding of influences covers a broad, and visually inventive canvas, bearing the influence of her Anatolian family history, her love of Turkish singing stars such as Selda Bağcan and Müzeyyen Senar, her teenage discovery of the likes of Nirvana, Sonic Youth, and Einstürzende Neubauten. The daughter of a famous Turkish painter, Akyol studied anthropology and worked as a visual artist herself before creating music took over when she met the band Bubituzak. They recorded their first album Develerle Yaşıyorum together in 2013, though they had to wait another three years for their international breakthrough. Having created a post-Turkish classical music which is a modernized version of the traditional form and made a retro entrance to the space age with rock/arabesque elements in debut album, Gaye Su Akyol reached a wide fan base with her cosmic live performances.
After taking the stage in many prestigious venues and festivals around Turkey, Akyol performed at Roskilde Festival in Denmark and released one of the best albums of the year 2016; Hologram İmparatorluğu at prestigous Glitterbeat label, which was praised by many prestigious media outlets, most notably Wire, The Guardian and Rolling Stone, winning her the name "the new voice of Istanbul".
Following the widespread critical acclaim for the second record, Gaye and her sublime band spent 18 months travelling up and down Turkey, Europe and the Middle and Far East sharing with audiences a vibrant mix of raki laced traditional balladry, futurist surf and post-punk opposition. The latest album İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir, produced by her and guitarist Ali Güçlü Şimşek, is arguably more immediate and visceral than the first two, reflecting her and the band’s growing reputation as a powerful live act.
A multi-award winning Korean traditional percussionist, composer, and ambassador of Honam Province Jeongeup folk music, Kim So Ra is one of the most skilled and prominent janggu (Korean double-headed drum) players in Korea. Kim is known for her genre-bending performances combining Korean traditional sounds with creative, charismatic and modern interpretations.
Kim is trained under the direct apprenticeship of Master Yu Jihwa. Kim has received eight 1st-place awards from major national music competitions since 2005, including National Nongak Master Competition, Gyeonggi Nongak National Competition, National Women’s Korean Traditional Music Festival, JeonJu International Sori Festival, just to name a few. These awards demonstrate her widespread recognition as one of the top janggu players in Korea.
The janggu is the most popular drum used in traditional music of Korea. It is available in different kinds, and consists of an hourglass-shaped body with two heads made from animal skin. The two heads produce sounds of different pitch and timbre, which when played together are believed to represent the harmony of man and woman.