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Salon Continues to Host Major Names of Contemporary Music in Istanbul

March 3, 2018 Whats On No Comments Email Email

An indispensable venue offering new discoveries for those seeking alternative sounds in Istanbul since 2010, Salon İKSV is as vibrant as ever in March. The artists to take the stage at Salon include King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Khruangbin, Son Lux, and Stimming x Lambert.

Khruangbin / Thursday-Friday, 1-2 March, 22.30-22.00

Indie pop band from Texas, Khruangbin caught the attention of many newspapers and magazines from The Guardian to i-D by the strength of the exotic touches apparent in their sound. They became widely known through Bonobo’s cure for the craving of new and good music, the Late Nights compilation. Their name means ‘airplane’ in Thai, which points to the international scale of the names they are inspired by, in their own words. The instrumental surf-rock band The Shadows are their musical gods. They tread the waters of both psychedelic and dream-pop as they bring the unwalked musical paths on to the stage. The band described by The Guardian as ‘…wistful soul and slow-motion funk with an exotic ambience that might not sound out of place in a Tarantino movie.’. They left everyone in awe when they appeared on the Salon İKSV stage in 2016 and they are back to captivate even more music lovers as they take the stage in support of their new album Con Todo El Mundo.

Garanti Jazz Green: Son Lux / Saturday, 3 March, 22.30

The post-rock, trip hop band from NYC headed by Ryan Lott, Son Lux released their debut album in 2008, whichwas followed by a stamp of approval from NPR in the form of ‘Best New Band’. The sophomore album was described by Consequence of Sound as ‘the dark, operatic middle ground between Owen Pallett and In Rainbows-era Radiohead or Wild Beasts’ fantastic operatic heights’. They signed to ‘Best Indie Label’ Glassnote Records – home to such marquee names as Childish Gambino, and Mumford & Sons – and graduated to the Major league. They worked with Lorde, Sufjan Stevens, and Woodkid and released their brand new Brighter Wounds in February. They will be playing brand new songs for the first time in Istanbul at Salon İKSV.

Gevende / Thursday, 8 March, 21.30

One of the most prominent bands of the Turkish alternative music scene, Gevende played at many leading festivals both in Turkey and abroad. They enchanted their fans with their concert at St. Antoine Church and the following live album. Having scored the video game “Monochrama”, theyreleased their much anticipated album Kırınardı at the start of 2017 and rocked the internet with their video for Vertigo shot in Çıplak Ayaklar Kumpanyası by Tolga Karaçelik. The band gives a master class on improvisation with every performance and carries the audience to new horizons as they continue to explore. This spring, the band will be at Salon İKSV to enchant the audience.

%100 Music: IndieCity VI / Friday-Saturday, 9-10 March, 22.00

A three-day festival organised by Partapart, a record label that have always kept our hopes high for the independent and good music in the country, Indiecity was organised first in 2012 with the intention of bringing together people in search for more unique stand points in music. The event, which gathered outstanding bands of the local and international music scene under one roof, was first housed in Peyote where people flooded the streets. Music lovers have found the chance to watch many performances from different genres from the first hours of the evening until dawn. Some of the names who shared the stage until today were: Weval, Dark Sky, Throwing Snow, Jmii, Jacob Korn, Marc Pinol, Fakepakt, Men With A Plan, Astrofella, solardip, Akkor, Audio Kombat, The Away Days, Son Feci Bisiklet, Softa, Mind Shifter, Da Poet, Ahu, Glasxs, Jtamul and Farfara. With new names and extended programme to last for three days, IndieCity will be at the Salon İKSV stage for the third time, as well as at Mama and Mini Müzikhol.

%100 Music: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard / Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday, 13-14-15 March, 21.30

Considered as the best thing that happened to psychedelic rock music lately, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard was formed in 2011 in Australia, the land of Tame Impala, Pond and Jagwar Ma. Some mistaken their raw and dirty productions reminiscent of the 60’s psychedelic explosion for relics from dusty archives, but they were brand new. So prolific, they managed to fit three albums in one year. Quickly increased their worldwide recognition with genre-jumping albums where they experiment with different concepts each time and their almost custom-made records. They garnered the majority of their fans in Turkey by being quite versed in Turkish melodies, Aşık Veysel vibes and their shout out from Primavera. After years of anticipation they will be in Istanbul for the first time at Salon İKSV.

The Turbans / Friday, 16 March, 22.00

The Turbans consists of musicians from Turkey, Bulgaria, Israel, Iran, Spain, Greece and the UK; enticing its audience with the carpe diem spirit of the East Mediterranean that they evoke. The band was nourished by the Levantine and Balkan cultural heritage and ancient melodies, and makes a unique music directed towards the 21st century. They have travelled to every continent with a dense touring programme and festival participations in as far as Hong Kong and India, absorbing their audience into the carnival-like atmosphere they create on stage. They will be on the Salon İKSV stage for the first time with songs from their debut album to be released on 23 March by Six Degrees Records. The album was recorded with the producer of the legends, Jerry Boys, and crowdfunded on Indiegogo.

minimalismus+: Stimming x Lambert / Saturday, 17 March, 22.30

The joint project of Diynamic Music’s veteran producer Stimming and pianist and composer Lambert. Martin Stimming started playing the violin, piano and drums at the age of 10. By the age of 16, he was producing electronic music. He moved to Hamburg, where he met cult producers Solomun and Adriano who had just formed Diynamic Music, and ever since he has been a staple at dance clubs. Lambert is a pianist and composer, who is in love with jazz piano and known to take the stage wearing a Sardinian bull mask. He drew further attention when the linear notes of his first album released by Berlin-based Staatsakt had Nils Frahm on mixing and mastering. The partnering of Stimming and Lambert, who continues his solo avant-garde piano works, resulted in Exodus; an album fusing minimalist techno and avant-garde with touches of classical music. They will be on the Salon İKSV stage as part of their tour in support of the album.

Ah! Kosmos / Friday, 23 March, 22.00

Electronic music composer and producer Başak Günak’s project Ah! Kosmos released her debut EP Flesh in 2103 through Müzik Hayvanı. While composing for works that focus on theatre, contemporary dance, video and space, she released her debut LP Bastards through German label Denovali Records. Reached a broader audience with her single Mavi featuring Mabel Matiz. Released an EP called Together We Collide in March. Ah! Kosmos is accompanied on Salon İKSV stage by Özgür Yılmaz as well as Deniz Erk on visuals.

Jakuzi / Saturday, 31 March, 22.30

Introducing the much talked about darkwave/synthpop band of the year, Jakuzi was formed by Kutay Soyocak and Taner Yücel. Last summer, with the video for their suddenly released first single Koca Bir Saçmalık they started the long expected, big, Istanbul earthquake in the music industry. Their synthezisers and Kutay’s vocals take the listeners on a tour through the 80’s.True to its title, they released their first album Fantezi Müzik on cassette tape through Domuz Records and without missing a beat, they made a splash internationally as well and signed with Berlin based City Slang Records. Their European tour in May extended their reach overseas. Jakuzi will grace the Salon İKSV stage on 31 March.

Tickets for Salon İKSV’s new season can be purchased from Biletix sales channels and the box office at İKSV (without service charge, every day, except for Sundays, between 10.00-18.00).

Members of Vodafone Red and Vodafone FreeZone purchasing one ticket will receive a second one free of charge.

This season, both %100 Music concept concerts, and Garanti Jazz Green concerts held within the sponsorship of Garanti Bank will meet the audience again at Salon İKSV.

Salon İKSV events are also held with the contributions of MasterCard with its Priceless İstanbul programme.

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