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by Teslim

This potent duo, featuring Kaila Flexer and Gari Hegedus, performs Greek, Sephardic and original music on violins, saz, oud, lauoto and hand drums.
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Teslim (TesLEEM) means both 'commit' and 'surrender' in Turkish and features violinist Kaila Flexer and Gari Hegedus on various (mostly plucked) strings including oud, Turkish saz, Greek lauoto and hand drums. This potent duo performs Sephardic, Greek and original music.
Here’s some background on Kaila and Gari:
Kaila Flexer, violin, viola
Kaila Flexer is a violinist, composer and producer. In addition to performing with Teslim, Flexer also performs with Persian vocalist Hamed Nikpay. She has been at the helm of bands such as Third Ear, Next Village and Kaila Flexer;s Fieldharmonik, ensembles that feature her original material. As a composer, her work reflects her deep respect for folk music. She has performed both nationally internationally with her own ensembles as well as with groups including The Hollis Taylor-Kaila Flexer Duo, The Flexer-Marshall Duo, Club Foot Orchestra and KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble. She has recorded two CD's of original music for Compass Records (Nashville) to critical acclaim.
Gari Hegedus: oud, saz, laouto, baglama, violin, viola, bulgari, divan, cura, lavta, tarhu, frame drum, pennywhistle
Gari Hegedus plays violin and viola and variety of stringed instruments from Greece and Turkey including lauoto, oud, saz and hand drums. In addition to his work in Teslim, he performs with world music group Stellamara and Persian vocalist Hamed Nikpay. He has studied with oud master Naseer Shamma and has recorded and performed with Ross Daly. He has toured with the Mevlevi Dervish (Sufi) Order of America and continues to participate in Turkish ceremonial and devotional gatherings around the country.



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peter jaques

This music is exquisite. It's in the tradition of Cretan innovators like Ross Daly & Stelios Petrakis (who also use Turkish, Persian, and other influences), yet also carries an element of Celtic music, as well as something transcendent & beyond categorization. Thank you Gari & Kaila!

BJ Grubb

Transported miles and centuries away to another place, another culture...that's what happened to me when I heard Kaila Flexer and Gary Hegedus for the first time, in person, in Oakland at a book reading. It was purely happenstance that I had the pleasure to enjoy their performance as I was a visitor to the area, and a guest of my aunt. I was enthralled and totally mesmerized by their music, taken by the sleeve and gently transported on a magic carpet ride. And when the evening was over, I wanted to hear more, and more and more. This introduction was in July 2007, before the release of Teslim, and I waited anxiously for the opportunity to bring that soulful sound into my own home in the mountains of an isolated town in northern California. Teslim is all that I expected and when I want a mental getaway I push #5 on my CD player, sit back, close my eyes and jump on that magic carpet for a cultural journey. I thank Kaila and Gary for their talents and for sharing them with me.


really enjoyed this hypnotic, mystical and relaxing CD!