Nesrin Sipahi

Sharki: Love Songs of Istanbul

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Here is the first-ever collection of sharki music recorded with traditional instruments. Dating back to the 18th century, sharki is a dark and bluesy offshoot from Turkish classical music lamenting the decline of the Ottoman Empire, and the shivery-voiced Sipahi conveys deep recesses of collective sorrow with her subdued vocal delivery. The eight-piece Kudsi Erguner ensemble adds colorful accompaniment. It is tightly focused, starkly arranged, and emotionally compelling.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 4:05
2 3:37
3 5:02
4
4:56
5
4:03
6
2:40
7
6:05
8 3:47
9 2:56
10
4:44
11 10:07
12
5:05
13 5:08
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