Forabandit © Thomas Dorn
Forabandit © Thomas Dorn


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  • country:France
  • style(s):Turkish, Impro
  • label:Buda Musique
  • type:Band
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal
  • artist posted by:Molpé Music

Line up

  • Bijan Chemirani (zarb, percussion )
  • Sam Kapienia (mandocello, vocal )
  • Ulaş Özdemir (bağlama, vocal )


Forabandit is the musical creation celebrating libertarian poetry from Occitania and Anatolia. Sam Karpienia, singer and mandolin player, uses a contemporary approach to perpetuate the lyric tradition of courtly poetry employed by the Occitan troubadours. His profound and hoarse voice find a powerful echo in the intimate song of Ulaş Özdemir, who carries on the tradition of Anatolian aşık, a figure of the itinerant troubadour. The Persian rhythms of Bijan Chemirani’s percussion mingle subtlety with the songs of these new poets, who reveal all the vibrant poetry of Occitania and Anatolia in a resolutely Mediterranean setting.

Sam Karpienia mandocello, vocal
From his time spent with Dupain and Gacha Empega, he transformed music in Marseille with his unique voice and his poetic intensity. He has taken his inspiration from traditional Occitan songs only to reinvent them with an energy similar to that of rock. His singing style finds its echo in intoxicating rebetiko, in fiery flamenco…

Ulaş Özdemir bağlama, vocal
Turkish musician and ethnomusicologist, he has participated in a variety of concerts, performing on the traditional instruments of Alevi-Bektashi music, and vocal. He has performed and recorded albums with Ali Akbar Moradi, Kayhan Kalhor, Azam Ali, Niyaz and he has worked for Kalan Müzik as producer. He recorded several solo albums and he has composed film scores…

Bijan Chemirani zarb, percussion
Percussionist hardened to the Persian rhythms, the third of the Trio Chemirani, Bijan Chemirani also penetrate the mysteries of the Iranian saz and assimilate the subtleties of the Cretan music as those of the jazz or the slam. Over the years, he assembled a set of percussions (zarb, daf, udu, cajon) of which he displays the infinite capacities…