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Light In Babylon

Light In Babylon

Light In Babylon


Light in Babylon is a multicultural Istanbul-based band that has turned heads in the city with its original music that speaks to all cultures and languages. In a span of few years, their fan base grew miles beyond Turkey. Their songs are in Hebrew, but the themes are diverse. Michal Elia Kamal, the singer, is Israeli of Iranian origin; Julian Demarque, on guitar, is French; and Metehan Çiçi, on santour, is Turkish. Praised by fRoots Magazine as Read more on Last.fm
Light in Babylon is a multicultural Istanbul-based band that has turned heads in the city with its original music that speaks to all cultures and languages. In a span of few years, their fan base grew miles beyond Turkey. Their songs are in Hebrew, but the themes are diverse. Michal Elia Kamal, the singer, is Israeli of Iranian origin; Julian Demarque, on guitar, is French; and Metehan Çiçi, on santour, is Turkish. Praised by fRoots Magazine as “A celebration of the cosmopolitan traditions of both Istanbul and the Sephardic Jewish community and another example of the great music that is coming out of the Eastern Mediterranean right now”, Light in Babylon brought to the world scene their first official album “Life sometimes doesn’t give you space” in 2012 and on November 2016 their new second album “Yeni Dunya” (which means in Turkish – New World). Their project is the fusion of different ethnicities and cultures with the strength and openness of their youth and the various musical influences they have, they intuitively created a original colourful blend of their inner voices with flavours that would carry the imagination on a travel trough the Middle east and beyond. What became the core trio of the band met in 2010 in Istanbul.

Michal Elia Kamal, would writes lyrics, and arrangement and composition would be made by the trio including Metehan Çifçi (santour) and Julien Demarque (guitar). The trio now performs on stage with the support of two other musicians, the percussionist Stuart Dickson and the bassist Jack Butler. Today the band continues its journey with the support of thousands of fans. They have toured in Turkey, Cyprus, Germany, Switzerland, France, Hungary, Greece, Finland, India… They also are getting more attention from media, they appear regularly on turkish TV Trt Haber DD and Trt Music, in a few documentaries about the Turkish music scene and appeared also on the german/french Arte Channel. Their youtube videos have millions of views.

As an example of the multicultural and alternative scene in the middle east, the band gives through music all the love that it carries in his heart to inspire individual healing with the wish that every human will follow the vision of a world full of diversity, freedom, peace and light. deutsch bio: “Light in Babylon” ist eine Verschmelzung von verschiedenen Ethnien und Kulturen: die Sängerin ist Israelin mit iranischen Wurzeln, der Santurspieler kommt aus der Türkei, der Gitarrist ist Franzose und gemeinsam kooperieren sie mit Musikern unterschiedlichster Herkunft (Türkei, Frankreich etc). Dieses Projekt fand seinen Anfang 2009 als sich zwei Reisende, Michal und Julien, begegneten. Später, im Jahr 2010, entschieden Michal und Julien nach Istanbul zurückzukehren und das zu gründen was wir heute “Light in Babylon” nennen. Dabei wendeten sie sich von Covern der Folkloremusik ab, hin zu eigenen Kompositionen und trafen Metehan Cifti (Santurspieler). Seit dem spielen sie zusammen und performen mit viel Freude auf der Straße, in Cafés und an bekannten Istanbuler Veranstaltungsorten.

Im Mai 2010 nahmen sie ihr erstes professionelles Demoalbum auf: “Istanbul”. Im Sommer desselben Jahren spielten sie bereits auf europäischen Festivals. Mit der Zeit wuchs ihr Publikum in der Türkei und im Mittleren Osten, weshalb diese inspirierende Gegend zum Lebensmittelpunkt der Band wurde. Im November 2011 veröffentlichten sie ihr zweites Demoalbum “Life sometimes doesn´t give you space” in Zusammenarbeit mit weiteren Musikern, wie dem Bassgitarristen Fethi Hincal, dem Perkussionisten Gürkan Özkan und Drehorgelspielerin Eléonore Fourniau. Mittlerweile arbeitet die Band an ihrem ersten Album in Masterqualität und sie schreiben und komponieren für ihr drittes Demoalbum. Obwohl die politischen Spannungen im Mittleren Osten die Musiker in ihrem Alltag nicht unbeeinflusst lassen, bleibt die Band hochkreativ und verbreitet durch ihre Musik Liebe, Hoffnung und Frieden.

Immer in dem Wunsch, dass alle Menschen der Vision einer lichterfüllten Welt folgen werden. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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