Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Olcay Bayir - The Voice of Dreams and Harmony

Olcay Bayir
Olcay Bayir
Ignacio Monteverde

6th March 2019
A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

The voice of harmony & dreams, Olcay Bayir on this A World in London! 

Olcay Bayir’s hotly anticipated second album, Ruya, comes out on March 29th via ARC Music, and it’s a triumph! On this deeply personal CD, Olcay has tuned in to her inner thoughts and dreams, creating songs drawn from her experiences between Antep and London, adding some vivid story-telling, as well as lush instrumentation topped by her gilted, luxurious voice. Olcay is a trained opera soprano with a three-octave range, which we verified in the studio, but she never sat comfortably in the western classical world. Her musical heart lies in the Anatolian region of her childhood, offering up a vast range of material to inspire and challenge, though Olcay skilfully manoeuvres through Maqams and tricky vocal ornamentations that are easy to get wrong but which she gets  absolutely right - making them seem easy. She’s put her new music partner, Ignacio Monteverde, through his paces with complex Arabic time signatures, despite his prowess with flamenco guitar, but he seems to relish the steep learning curves! Other contributors to Ruya include Kefaya’s virtuosic guys Al MacSween and Guilliano Modarelli, so from start to finish this album has been built by an outstanding cast of musicians, led by Olcay herself. When we first met her in 2015, just after her debut album ‘Neva’ was released, we knew she was special, and ‘Ruya’ affirms that initial insight, but also completes our joy in seeing how much she has evolved as a singer AND songwriter, now graduating in the school of stardom, with flying colours. Hear Olcay and Ignacio live on this AWIL, our 200th edition at Resonance FM, and book tickets now for her album launch at St John’s Church, Leytonstone on April 12th! More about Olcay here: www.olcaybayir.com

6/3/19 – AWIL 200  Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-6th-march-2019/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, and artist Alban Low. Also this week Luganda nursery rhymes with Diana Lwanga at SOAS Radio, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-291-diana-lwanga/  Next week Peyman Heydarian at SOAS Radio and Arhai at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here: https://open.spotify.com/user/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playlist/5hjexMuYohZ6d4zjuoGIfm?si=Gy0ckfI_QaWw4xqKQ-VGhw  #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 https://www.resonancefm.com/ & 4pm SOAS Radio https://soasradio.org/  Online worldwide at #Mixcloud  http://www.djritu.com #InternationalWomensDay #WomensHistoryMonth #WomenInMusic #EqualisingMusic

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