Dear friends and lovers of awesome music!
Today I'm very happy to present to all of you another very special interview I had recently with Sanem Kalfa, singer from Turkey and living in Amsterdam (NL).
I first met Sanem during a festival in Zuidhorn, where she performed with George Dumitriu. Recently she gave two concerts in Groningen, in the very famous Atelier "Il Sole In Cantina", Groningen's underground jazzclub. One was a duo performance with double bass player Esat Ekincioğlu, which was just breathtaking. Two weeks later she performed again in the Atelier, with Leonardo Grimaudo (Sibuleo Sibuleo), Esat Ekincioğlu and Aleksandar Škorić, in another amazing unforgettable performance. The same day I had the pleasure to meet Sanem Kalfa for a very beautiful interview.
Please, enjoy our talk in two parts!
"Sanem Kalfa is a Turkish singer with a distinctive style, mixing jazz, improvisation, and world music into a powerful blend of emotions.
After studying cello, she moved from Turkey to the Netherlands to study singing at the jazz department of the Prins Claus Conservatory. During her studies she won several awards, including the 1st Prize Shure Montreux Jazz Vocal Competition presided by Quincy Jones. She has been singing/playing (cello) with musicians such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Michel Godard, Claron Mc Fadden, Oene Van Geel, Steven Kamperman, Michael Moore, Sarp Maden, Oguz Buyukberber, Tobias Klein, Alex Simu, Peter Herbolzheimer, Kaja Draksler and many more. In 2014 she released her debut album “Nehir” in collaboration with George Dumitriu, Mattia Magatelli, Kristijan Kranjcan and Kaja Draksler. In May 1st 2018, she released her second album “Dance” as a duo with George Dumitriu.
“This was contemporary music making of the highest order, with the stunning vocals of Sanem Kalfa finessing their already intoxicating brew with a beguiling approach that found common ground between plaintive folk and excitable jazz harmonies.” (Jazzwise Magazine, England)
“Turkish singer Sanem Kalfa threatens to steal a show with her melancholic, dramatic vocal that haunts the instrumentation and holds the whole proposal together.” (Irish Times, Ireland)
“Sanem Kalfa brought her own folk music into the band, creating a fine, and, for many new sound in music. (Jazznyttred, Norway)."
Cover picture: Taciser Sevine