Andrew Downing and the Güç Başar Gülle ANAHTAR Project
You may not know the ud in fusion with the jazz cello and the Arabic tabla. That can change. Pretty much right now with Çarşı by Andrew Downing.
Anahtar, Turkish for ‘key’, is symbolic of Istanbul, a doorway between East and West. As a musician and composer Andrew Downing has received two JUNO awards. In recent years, his time in İstanbul has led to the study of centuries-old Ottoman/Turkish ‘Makam’ music and collaborating with ud (Turkish lute) player Güç Başar Gülle (with assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts). During his stay he happened to witness the ‘Gezi Park’ protests and subsequent violence that will change Turkey forever. These life-altering events inspired a series of compositions about the great city of İstanbul and its great mosaic of cultures, beliefs and people. The music combines East, West, old and new, and is styled after Makam music, true to it’s structure, but infused with Western performance sensibilities and forms.
- Andrew Downing – cello
- Güç Başar Gülle – ud
- Debashis Sinha – percussion
- Peter Lutek – clarinet