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DOLAPDERE BIG GANG
(TURQUIA, 2010) @
Ya sabéis que Crisol de Músicas promueve las fusiones musicales de diferentes culturas. Una de las formas que expone este hecho con más evidencia es realizar versiones standard muy conocidas a la manera de cada uno. Por poner un ejemplo cercano, el flamenco siempre ha versionado temas del pop y del rock con resultados muy brillantes.
Hoy traigo a Dolapdere Big Gang un grupo procedente de Turquía que se atreve con todo tipo de canción, por supuesto interpretada con instrumentos tradicionales de su país, incluidos el kanun, violines y darbukas. A diferencia de otros grupos de folclore su cantante Emir Yesil emplea el inglés, imprimiéndole su propio sello a las conocidas melodías. Pero la verdadera magia está en el arreglo. Baste escuchar alguna canción.
Me maravilla que algunos grupos de hip hop ya los hayan descubierto como Black Eyed Peas â€“no perderse el vÃdeoâ€“, además de atreverse con versiones de sacrosantas canciones del rock como Smoke on the Walter.
No funciona todavía la parte inglesa de su página web, pero si la turca. Allí puedes escuchar sorprendentes arreglos de canciones que tenemos todos metidos en lo profundo de nuestros cerebros y el resultado es estremecedor.
Cover bands aren't usually musical innovators. But Dolapdere Big Gang of Turkey might be the exception. Most of the group lives in Dolapdere, an Istanbul neighborhood with a rough reputation. This eight-piece band of young Roma musicians, plays Western pop hits in a traditional Turkish style. Matthew Brunwasser has the Globzl Hit.
Even though you've probably heard these songs about a zillion times before, Dolapdere makes them sound fresh.
Singer Emir Yeshil is Turkish, the only member of the group who is not Roma, or Gypsy. Most of the group lives in Dolapdere, an Istanbul neighborhood with a rough reputation.
YESHIL: Its also where the gypsy musicians live, they call it as a music factory. and the best musicians of turkey mostly come out from dolapdere.
YESHIL: They first called it dolapdere big band, as in a jazz band, like big band, because there were like 10 people in the band, but then some newspaper wrote it wrong. they said dolapdere big gang.
The band liked the mistake, with its vague hint at Roma criminality. So they kept the name. Part of the band's mission is to celebrate the musical traditions of Dolapdere and Turkey.
Here's a Turkish-Roma twist to the 1986 rock epic by the Swedish band Europe. The final countdown.
YESHIL: Turkish traditional music is huge, there are 12 notes and one octave in normal western music, and in Turkish music, every half note has 9 different notes too, and there are maybe 500 scales in Turkish music, and we are trying to show the world.
YESHIL: "We do a lot of these things in our music, maybe in the beginning or the end, but it still comes to the point that you understand what turkish music is all about, no harmony, no nothing, just melodic instruments and percussion instruments. "
Dolapdere uses traditional turkish instruments that you don't hear much in pop music. The kanun is like a zither, played with picks. Then there's the tambur, which looks like a long-necked lute. The band also has a clarinet and violin. Not your standard pop ensemble.
Emir Yeshil says a big difference between western and oriental music is the rhythm. Dolapdere likes to switch back and forth between western and Turkish rhythms in the same song... like this 9/8 rhythym. In the song sex bomb.
YESHIL: The rhythm makes you feel a little confused, when you first hear it, you can not clap to it, you can not understand where it starts, you have to listen to maybe 4 or 5 times and then you get the idea
Listeners are getting the idea. The group is playing for an increasingly diverse public these days, in western europe and the former soviet union, as well as here in Turkey. The bands third album is due out in March and Yeshil says there'll be a bit more rock, drums and guitar. Whatever comes out of the new mix, Dolapdere clearly knows how to create chemistry between genres.
For the World, Im Matthew Brunwasser in Istanbul.