He formed Istanbul Sessions with Ersonmez, Bekoglu, and Kizil four years ago for an art event. The sound they created together worked so well that they went on to perform at a variety of prestigious stages worldwide including Banlieues Bleues (Paris), Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Quasimodo (Berlin), Summerstage (New York), Rock N Coke (Istanbul), Akbank Jazz Festival (Istanbul), A38 (Budapest), Dock des Suds (Marseille), MITO (Torino), and eventually recording their first release last year. Night Rider is a perfect example of the magic that can happen when the best of cultures meet and something of elusive wonder is created. This is New York City's East Village meets late-night Istanbul. Each song is a revelation of organic composition, birthed from the sometimes all-night sessions in the clubs of Istanbul, and together they create a series of comfortably loose, but perfectly deep vibes that melt the listener into a state of nocturnal delirium.
Jump in and take a midnight ride with Ilhan Ersahin's Istanbul Sessions. Here's what critics have to say: "The music of Istanbul Sessions is formidable renewal of today's jazz. Can we call it jazz? Yes, This music performed with the energy of rock sound where you can find many influences like Miles Davis of 70's or turkish percussions. They are good representative of 2010's jazz : open to the world, passionate and fascinating." Patrick Duval, director of Musiques de Nuit "Ersahin's Istanbul Sessions, proceeded to show a seen-it-all-before crowd of European jazz festival promoters, club owners and media just how you can excite and grab a new audience by the scruff of its neck without compromising the integrity of the music, or intensity of improvisation. Swedish/Turkish musician, has conjured a highly distinctive new sound that connects the dense modal funk of Miles Davis' Agartha group with the dervish whirl of Turkish and middle-eastern melodies and spikes it with a potent shot of dub electronics. Jon Newey, JAZZWISE Dec'10-Jan'11, #148 Read more on Last.fm.
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