BASHKA - Dance music from the dirt streets…
“ - a heady Aussie Eurasian ride and a true international collaboration. Surprisingly, it just might please both Middle Eastern traditionalists and dancefloor fans alike, and that’s quite an impressive accomplishment’ - Seth Jordan, Songlines Magazine UK
“ there’s definite method in Bashka’s musical madness, with well considered arrangements, permutation of instruments and vocal interludes creating breathing space and dynamics, thus allowing the music to slip between East and West with relative ease” ‘ - Tony Hillier, The Australian
“Exotic and infectiously danceable” -PBS Radio
"...blur the arbitrary borders between ancient and modern musical forms."
Christopher H James - The Music
Drawing their inspiration from the vast ocean of Turkish music, Melbourne based group Bashka are creating a new genre which slips between east and west with natural ease.
Musically spanning two continents and many centuries Bashka explore the contrast between east and west, composed and improvised, original and traditional, acoustic and digital. The group was created in late 2014 by Murat Yucel and Alisha Brooks (Unified Gecko, Baro Banda) both of whom have toured extensively throughout Turkey, Europe and Australia. They recently joined forces with ELFTranzporter and their live performances are energised with a truly new sound combined with the delicacy of traditional Turkish instruments and master players. Live samples and loops merge seamlessly with ancient acoustic and modern western instruments to create music which brings to life old folk songs, gypsy ballads and dance music from the dirt streets of old Turkey.
Debut album “Fihi Ma Fihi”
The difficulty of categorising this album is reflected in its title ‘Fihi ma Fihi’ which means ‘It is what it is’. It is anything and everything between very traditional Turkish sufi sounds to gypsy electronica and beyond.
‘Fihi ma Fihi’ is a journey stretching from Turkey to Australia. Produced in Melbourne and mixed in Paris it features over 30 outstanding musicians from Australia, Turkey, France and the UK. The thread of ancient music weaves throughout a distinctly modern and original sound and conjures images of far-flung places and the bands’ local stomping ground of Melbourne.