Cappadox, whose program brings together various disciplines such as music, contemporary art, gastronomy and open-air activities together, will take place in Cappadocia again after two years with the theme “Ways Out From The World” between 18-21 May.
The musicians who will perform during the festival are: Kaan Tangöze, Dead Combo, Büyük Ev Ablukada, Kuan, Lars Danielsson Duo feat. Gregory Privat, Akın Sevgör, Peter Broderick & David Allred Duo, Emma Shapplin feat. Mercan Dede, Dj Yakuza, Rhye, Oceanvs Orientalis vs İlhan Erşahin, Mercan Dede İstanbul Quartet, Kalben, Kubalas, Yasmine Hamdan, Acid Pauli, Ah! Kosmos.
The most prominent jazz musician who will perform at the festival is undoubtedly Lars Danielsson. We have met and had a long conversion with Lars when he gave a duo concert with Ulf Wakenius at Borusan a few years ago. Even though Lars was extremely humble during this conversation, we have to state that he is one of the most important representatives of Northern jazz. I am eager to listen to his live performance for the third time.
Lars is a Swedish double bass player. His first band, Lars Danielsson Quartet, consisted of David Liebman on the saxophone, Bobo Stenson on the piano and Jon Christensen on the drums and this quartet received various awards, placing themselves on the global music map. Lars played the roles of the composer and the arranger. In the meanwhile, he has worked with symphony orchestras and big bands. He composed for and directed Jazz Baltica Ensemble for two years. He has been recording and performing with his own quartet and various other musicians since 1980. He will be accompanied by Gregory Privat in Cappadocia.
His album Liberetto was released in 2012. Liberetto, which could be considered as an extension of Pasadoble and Tarantella albums, embodies expressive and lyrical melodies reminiscent of classical music and I believe these combined with Lars’s usual groove will have us under their spell us in Cappadocia.
Another interesting concert will be Mercan Dede and Emma Shapplin’s performance. Mercan Dede has released his first album Sufi Dreams in 1997 and has attended many prominent festivals worldwide since then. He is known for his popularization and modernization of tasavvuf (Islamist mysticism) music.
Emma Shapplin started her music career with classical opera, and was influenced by lyric poem, trance music to synth-pop while creating her unique style. Emma Shapplin has performed in breathtaking venues like Acropolis, Kremlin and Roman Mausoleum in Belgrad, and now she will collaborate with Mercan Dede at in yet another breathtaking environment, Cappadocia. Let’s wait and see how the outcome will be…
İlhan Erşahin is another repeat-participant of Cappadox like Mercan Dede. İlhan will be accompanied by Oceanvs Orientalis. Oceanvs Orientalis brings Southern Africa’s tribal rhythms into their music and is in great harmony with İlhan Erşahin’s saxophone. Oceanvs Orientalis was founded by Şafak Özkütle, and made an impressive entrance to the electronic music world with their unique productions and remixes. The archeologic findings that are restored in its sound and transformed musical legacies are interesting. Oceanvs Orientalis performed in Mexico, Tulum, Brooklyn, The Lab NYC and at Burning Man festival.
Let’s tale a look at how Cappadox mentions other participating musicians on their website.
“Yasmine Hamdan draws from the repertoire and attitude of great Arab women singers from the middle of the 20th century. Yasmine is inspired by these women, by the mischievous sensuality of a period of freedom and emancipation in the history of Middle-Eastern societies. She brings a fresh new perspective to the vocal melodies of that era. Her music embodies elements from Persian music but overcomes the boundaries of Middle East, and becomes a global phenomenon. You can recognize Yasmine Hamdan with her original contribution to the movie called Only Lovers Left Alive. She now invites you to a journey across geographic borders.”
“Peter Broderick and David Allred have performed together onstage many times after meeting in Oregon, and they continue on with their collaborations through Allred & Broderick project.
Mastering many instruments, including the piano, Peter Broderick is a productive musician who released two albums, Partners and Grunewald, last year. He has worked with Efterklang in Denmark, Nils Frahm in Berlin and Dustin O’Halloran among many others. David Allred is an artist who has masterfully used bass, guitar, trumpet, violin and percussion on his album ‘Woods’ he recorded at the end of 2016.
Allred & Broderick use music and visual arts together in their collaboration piece ‘The Ways’, and express their wish for a better world, signalling an inspiring performance through their experimental style.”
“After meeting each other on the internet, Canadian Mike Milosh and Danish Robin Hannibal founded Rhye, which consists of sensual visuals, exciting rhythms and an incredible contralto voice. The band has received the acclaim of millions with their videos ‘The Fall’ and ‘Open’ on the internet and recorded their first album called Woman in 2013. Their music is influenced by R&B, accompanied by masterfully written lyrics and the end result is a selection of energetic and peaceful compositions.
Even though Hannibal doesn’t participate in the tours, Milosh has performed with other musicians at popular festivals like Coachella and Pitchfork and he carries the live Rhye experience to the stage. Don’t miss out on this concert if you wish to experience the harmony between this sensual voice and various instruments.”
Wishing for another fun Cappadox experience this year. Cheers to everyone!