I use what we at Dave's preach from our guide, How To Execute the Punkt Festival in Full at other festivals. [Remind me to read that guide! - Dave] Among other things, this means that one should never research upcoming acts. By browsing the programme, I had an very vague idea on what would happen during the event.
And it was wonderful. It was excellent.
It was something completely unexpected. Actually, I got what I vaguely expected - but not the massive percussion. It was a wall of rhythm, first hitting you on your nose tip - the penetrating your brain, and finally embracing your soul.
As far as I am from the Asia Minor region, I am not very much exposed to these kinds of sounds and music. I cannot really speak for the words being sung - so the voices become their own instruments in a greater capacity than if I would have understood the words. This is at first, a strange feeling - but it's easy to love.
Two things I found cool beyond, is that Kardeş Türküler has a lot of women in their ensemble, and the sheer size of the band. How often will you experience a 9 person band that is so in tune with each other - and their public. The public was definitively in tune with the band this evening.
I was standing close to the stage taking photos. The music was going on heavy, captivating, drumming - I was really in the middle of an ornamented wall of sound (it might have had something to do that I was literally hugging one of the 2 meter high monitor speakers). Then I looked up from my camera after getting several excellent shots - and I was suddenly in a Bollywood movie - people where dancing all around me. Clapping their hands, singing along. This is not something that happens every day.
According to my sources, the orchestra plays quite traditional music from areas in Asia Minor often associated with much conflict. According to the presentation the band gave of themselves this evening, one of the major points about the band is that it does not discriminate on religion, on ethnic background, or musical form. It is all about reconciliation. When the cultures and music from the Anatolian and Mesopotamian areas meet, we get tunes that are unique.
The tunes are groovy - and the members are very focussed when they need to be, but have a lot of smiles on hand. I really felt that I had been welcomed into a warm, inclusive party that would never end.
The only regret I have is that the concert did not last twice as long.
Some boring facts: The band was started in 1993, have done more than 450 concerts, executed 7 albums, and been the headliners on several world music festivals.