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Kulak Misafiri

by Brenna MacCrimmon

Turkish & Balkan folk songs with original arrangements that emphasize the rhythmic character of the tunes and post production that lets every sound be heard.
Genre: World: Turkish contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Evlerine Varagele Usandim
4:16 $0.99
2. Kar Yagar Alcaklare
4:39 $0.99
3. Dolama Dolamayi
4:41 $0.99
4. Oj Ti Mome Ohrigance
6:35 $0.99
5. Yildiz Dagi Iste de Geldim Yanina
5:35 $0.99
6. Semsiyemin Ucu Kare
5:41 $0.99
7. Getme Gel
6:39 $0.99
8. Kamran Olsam
6:08 $0.99
9. Sabah Sabah Seyredelim Yaliyi
6:39 $0.99
10. Bir Allahi Taniyalim
5:45 $0.99
11. Kuslarin Gecis Taksimi
1:59 $0.99
12. Mussels in the Bay
6:18 $0.99
13. Son Gecis
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Album Notes
Brenna MacCrimmon is Canadian. She likes to play Turkish music. She has been endeavouring to do so for upwards of 20 years. She is still learning.

Kulak Misafiri follows Karsilama.
There are no Karsilamas on Kulak Misafiri, however there are tunes you could dance a Karsilama to. Aren't those dangling participles something?

Karsilama was recorded in Turkey with a band headed up by Selim Sesler in 1998. Kulak Misafiri was recorded in North America with 30 musicians, few of whom were Turkish. It took about three years and was finished in 2008.
Kulak Misafiri is Turkish music as imagined and performed by people who have been listening to the music of Turkey, the Balkans, the Mediterranean and elsewhere. On Kulak Misafiri you will find Dan Cantrell, Ryan Francesconi, Tobias Roberson, Paul Brown, Lise Liepman, Polly Tapia Ferber, Sandy Hollister, Char Rothschild, Robby Rothschild, George Chittenden, Rumen Sali Shopov, Matt Moran, Patrick Farrell, Greg Squared, Rima Fand, Jodi Hewat, Haig Manoukian, Reuben Radding, Beth Bahia Cohen, Lefteris Bournias, Nicole LeCorgne, Umut Yasmut, Souren Baronian, Mal Stein, James Hoskins, Jesse Manno, Phaedon Sinis, Adam Good, Ben Grossman, Rick Hyslop & Bret Higgins.

All the mixing was done by Lex & Rew MacCrimmon.

More details about the tracks and performers on Kulak Misafiri can be found in the little 32 page booklet accompanying the CD which was designed by Yesim Tosuner. It also has the song words and translations.

A Discography of Sorts

Brenna MacCrimmon & Selim Sesler: Karsilama. Green Goat Music 1998, Kalan Muzik 1999.
Muammer Ketencoglu, Sumru Agiryuruyen, Brenna MacCrimmon, Cevet Erek: Ayde Mori. Kalan Muzik 2000.
Brenna MacCrimmon: Kulak Misafiri. Green Goat Music 2008.

As a guest on:
Baba Zula: Uc Oyundan Onyedi Muzik, Ruhani Oynuhavalari, Duble Oryantal, and Roots. All from DoubleMoon, Turkey.
Shantal: Disko Partizani. Essay Records, Germany.
Nekropsi: Nekropsi. AK Muzik, Turkey
Edessa: Bereket. Aga Rhythms, USA
Lubo and Kaba Horo: 100% Gypsy.
Mercan Dede: Sufi Dreams. Golden Horn, USA

Brenna also appeared in Fatih Akin's documentary about the Istanbul music scene "Crossing the Bridge" with Selim Sesler & Baba Zula.



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This is not merely for your ears, this is for your entire soul
Well, albums like this are the future of the physical media. Not only the music is simply breath-taking and a valuable experience to listen to but also the artwork of the album is so lovely it really adds a value, warms your heart, is fragile and demands careful handling. It's a precious thing and deserves a special place and not to get squeezed between other CDs in a rack. Thank you Brenna!

Jan Williams

Yesterday was a fretful day in my household. At the end of the day, as I planned to throw myself onto the sofa in dejection, a glimmer of a hopeful idea popped into my head: "I can finally listen to Kulak Misafiri." So I did, and it was a transporting experience. Brenna MacCrimmon's unique sensibility shines through in this album. The singing is extraordinary, which is not surprising, as those who know her are accustomed to her beautiful voice and perfectly-honed musicianship. The many musicians who shape and support the songs display skills and depth that are a joy to behold. But even more, there is an aesthetic that emerges all of a piece in this album. Consider the drawings, the old-style type-face, the choice of songs, and their words in translation. Together with the music, they form a lovely whole that nourished my sagging spirit and added richness to my day. Well done, Brenna and friends. I hope that everyone will enjoy this lovely CD as much as I have.

Salih Selçuk

Kulak Misafiri
I have been waiting for this album so long and I know lots of people waiting for it. Are you not planning to distribute it in Turkey? It will sell so well in Turkey!

LA Star

Excellent work
The songs choices are excellent, the arrangements are moving, and the musicianship is supreme. Brenna MacCrimmon takes traditional Turkish and Balkan folk music to a new and original place while respecting its roots.