Fahrettin Aykut, Umut ?a?lar & Jone Takamaki – Myth of the Drum. Urban Transformation


Myth of the Drum. Urban Transformation, Pt. Ia
Myth of the Drum. Urban Transformation, Pt. Ib
Myth of the Drum. Urban Transformation, Pt. IIa
Myth of the Drum. Urban Transformation, Pt. IIb
Myth of the Drum. Urban Transformation, Pt. IIIa
Myth of the Drum. Urban Transformation, Pt. IIIb
Myth of the Drum. Urban Transformation, Pt. IVa
Myth of the Drum. Urban Transformation, Pt. IVb
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Multi-instrumentalist UMUT ?A?LAR (KONSTRUKT, KARKHANA), former BABA ZULA-drummer FAHRETTIN AYKUT and the Finnish saxophone player / shakuhachi specialist JONE TAKAMAKI join forces in a stunning improvised live set that blends Free Jazz with East-Asian ZEN-sounds.
The idea for "Myth Of The Drum. Urban Transformation" dates from an art exhibition in Istanbul 2017 where FAHRETTIN AYKUT exhibited an installation called "Urvban Transformation" that combined painting and music, dealing with the relation of humankind and earth which is symbolized through a tree put upside-down.. AYKUT, former drummer in the Turkish group BABA ZULA and these days a well-known architect in Turkey, asked his longtime friend UMUT CAGLAR, multi-instrumentalist in KONSTRUKT and KARKHANA, to join for an actual performance ? CAGLAR on his side was in touch with JONE TAKAMAKI who has been a central figure of the Finnish Free Jazz / Avantgarde scene since the 1970s. His album "Universal Mind" (1982) is a sought-after collector's item of European Spiritual Jazz, he was a member of the group ROOMMUSHKLAHN (with RAOUL BJ?RKENHEIM a.o.) and in 1991 he joined the ECM signed Finnish jazz/rock/improv collective KRAKATAU, founded and run by RAOUL BJ?RKENHEIM, and last but not least TAKAMAKI received the first ever Pekka P?yry Award. Besides being deeply rooted in jazz, he is also a specialist in Japanese shakuhachi and hocchiku flute playing which makes this adhoc-trio so extraordinary: repetitive drumming, shamanistic throat sounds and plenty of string and reed instruments, a constant ebb and flow of sounds and energy ? neither pure jazz nor world music but a blend of both, forming a fascinating third! Meditative in its continuously pulsating rhythm, cathartic in the moments of sonic outbursts ?
A few months after the Istanbul art fair performance, the trio (augmented to a quartet by ALAN WILKINSON) played 2 showsatLondon's Cafe OTO and gossip has it saying that THURSTON MOORE who attended the show confessed afterwards that he was very touched emotionally.

All Music by Fahrettin Aykut/Umut ?a?lar/Jone Takam?ki.
A Konstrukt Joint.

Jone Takam?ki: tenor saxophone, ney, shakuhachi, clarinet.
Umut ?a?lar: guimbri, kalimba, gralla, zurna, mey, flutes.
Fahrettin Aykut: electronic percussion; drums, cymbals.

Recorded live at BantMag. Havuz/Bina in Istanbul (October 3rd, 2017) through a Tascam portable recorder.
Produced by Umut ?a?lar.
Mastered & cut by Anne Traegert at D&M, Berlin