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08 MAY 2017

OKAY TEMIZ ORIENTAL WIND 08 MAY 21:00

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Oriental Wind, the project of Okay Temiz which derives its influence from Turkish folklore and sufi music as it brings together jazz and improvisation, will be at the Drama Stage on May 8th as a part of Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival!

Oriental Wind was first founded after Okay Temiz, who went to Sweden in 1967, decided to distill his musical experience into a project. Coming together with musicians such as Bobo Stensson, Palle Danielson, Lennart Aberg and Ahmet Tekbilek, Temiz founded Oriental Wind in 1974.

Having released 6 LPs so far and took the stage in 308 festivals as well as a total of 3600 live performances, the band played a critical role in the reemerge of the genre titled world music by bringing together the music of Turkey, Africa, India, Macedonia and South Africa. Using the hand-made signature instruments of Okay Temiz, Oriental Wind received critical success from all over the world.

After he returned to Turkey in 1994, Okay Temiz rejuvenated Oriental Wind with musicians based in Turkey. The band currently consists of Ahmet Özden (shrill pipe), Aydın Borucu (trumpet), Çağdaş Oruç (soprano, tenor sax), Eylem Pelit (bass), Tom Temiz (piano) and Rüstem Çenbeli (drums, chalice drums), with Temiz leading them on the percussion and dümbuka, his signature instrument.

On May 8th, Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival will host Oriental Wind, one of the defining bands of where improvizational jazz meets world music since over 40 years, at the Drama Stage!