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Gülay & The Ensemble Aras

In 1989, Gulay & The Ensemble Aras was established in Vienna with the intention of creating a type of world music in which elements from Asia and Europe blend together.

Exotic instruments are used beside European ones. Singer Gülay interprets the songs in the original language of the respective countries and uses her special Asiatic singing technique, which is shaped by the art music of the Ottoman court.

The musical raw material consists of original melodies from the countries along the historical Silk-Road, which led across Asia and, as well known, in old times even connected Rome and the Chinese empire.

The Ensemble has performed worldwide from the Imperial Palace in Vienna to Carnegie Hall in New York.

"Bringing people together"

I am in love with the whole universe and all human being. For this there is no border on this earth and am feeling happy. Of course, we have different cultures, colours, customs and music... This makes us rich and makes living beautiful. Now let us enjoy these diversities. Music opens everything and gives us everything!

The historical Silk Roads was also rich on cultures and is of great importance to me. These trade routes caused the cultural exchange between Eastern and Western world. And most of my songs are sung in languages, which origins of these high cultures.