Main Stage, 19/07/2019
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 Turkish post-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 Guclu Simsek, is arguably more immediate and visceral than the first two, reflecting her and the band’s growing reputation as a powerful live act.
Each of their concerts contains everything which makes Akyol irresistible: a wonderful voice with Anatolian roots, enveloped by traditional instruments' sounds and psychedelic guitars, soaring high between East and West.
Gaye Su Akyol - vocals
Ali Güçlü Simsek - guitar
Emrah Atay - drums
Gökhan Sahinkaya - bass
Görkem Karabudak - keyboards, guitar