Kadınlar Matinesi

The idea for Kadınlar Matinesi (“Women’s Matinee”) first came about in 2011, at Rome – Donne in Jazz festival, when I was invited to play with a group of Italian musicians in a performance of recent works by women musicians from Turkey. In this concert, as well as my own songs, I arranged and performed songs that I selected from their albums (much fewer than today); and this made me want to turn this project into something more permanent, and share these wonderful pieces with musicians and audiences around the world. After developing the idea a bit further I performed in New York in 2012. Two years later, the work of female musicians in Turkey was showing an exciting increase. In 2014, we began to turn the project into a lasting work through a series of concerts in Turkey with at least two female guest musicians playing their own music in every concert. Despite the difficulties these wonderful women faced, they never gave up, and as more and more albums were released, our repertoire grew tremendously. Then in May, Değer Deniz, who had been a part of this process from the beginning and performed with us on the stage, was murdered in her home. She was an innocent victim of femicide, and it shook us all to our core. It was then that we had the idea to make the album Kadınlar Matinesi with A.K. Müzik, and I thought, “If we don’t stand together and create now, when will we?” Much more than just an album of songs by creative women, this album is also a serious work of women’s solidarity. I will never be able to thank sufficiently all of my colleagues who took part in the album to create such an important example of solidarity, the first in the history of Turkey. The more you continue to create, the more we will grow together, and overcome every obstacle in our path.

Selen Gülün
released April 7, 2017

Düzenlemeler | Arrangements: Selen Gülün

Şarkılar | Songs & Lyrics written by Ayşe Tütüncü, Başak Yavuz, Çağıl Kaya, Ece Göksu, Değer Deniz, Elif Çağlar Muslu, Jehan Barbur, Selen Gülün, Sibel Gürsoy, and Şirin Soysal.

Selen Gülün, Piyano, Hazırlanmış Piyano, Elektrik Piyano, Vokal
| Piano, Prepared Piano, Elektrik Piano, Vocal
Ceyda Köybaşıoğlu, Bas, Elektrik Bas, Vokal
| Bass, Electrik Bass, Vocal
Monika Bulanda, Davul, Perküsyonlar | Drums, Percussions

Vokal | Vocal:
Başak Yavuz, Çağıl Kaya, Ece Göksu, Elif Çağlar Muslu, Şirin Soysal, Ülkü Aybala Sunat

Serhan Erkol, Soprano Sax
Siney Yılmaz, Alto Sax
Barış Ertürk, Tenor Sax
Hakan Güven, Keman | Violin
İmge Tilif, Keman | Violin
Mehmet Yasemin, Viyola | Viola
Umut Sağlam, Çello | Cello

Of! korosu | Of! Chorus
Ece Göksu, Selen Gülün, Sibel Gürsoy, Çağıl Kaya, Ceyda Köybaşıoğlu, Elif Çağlar Muslu, Ülkü Aybala Sunat ve Başak Yavuz.
Kayıt | Recording Babajim İstanbul Studios & Mastering, 17-19 November, 2015
Recording by Saygın Özatmaca
Editing by Emre Malikler
Mixing by Michael Nielsen
Mastering by Emily Lazar at The Lodge, assisted by Chris Allgood
2017 A.K. Muzik Yapim Org.