In a flying start Çiğdem Aslan’s debut album Mortissa is Songlines Magazine Album Of The Year 2013 and nominated as Best Album in the fRoots Magazine Critics’ Poll 2013. The album, a journey through Greek and Turkish rebetiko song, immediately spent 2 months in the Top Ten of the World Music Charts Europe and was selected as one of 5 International Albums You Must Hear on NPR (USA). But Cigdem Aslan’s live performances are no less winning. With a variable line up to suit the venue featuring at times kanun, guitar, bouzouki, violin, clarinet, Middle Eastern percussion, and double bass, the clear focal point is a voice that has measureless character, charm and emotion, transporting audiences to a café aman music house in the Beyoglu district of 1920s Istanbul, a hash den in Athens during the turbulent 1930s and 40s, or further back to the shared culture of Greek-Turkish communities of Smyrna/Izmir in the1900s. She opens the door to old songs which were a way of life – the life-style of rebetiko, the so-called ‘Blues of the Aegean’.