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elephant songs in suleymaniyah

October 2013 saw another episode of Elephant Songs, my ongoing project in which musicians from different backgrounds meet and create original music together. This time, the backdrop was Suleymaniyah, the economic heart of Iraqi Kurdistan … [...]

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escapism

Waiting for Erik Gustafson of EPIC to talk about elephant songs for his Iraq Matters podcast over more than decent espresso at the Rand Gallery, Suleymaniyah. It’s the second day of Eid … [...]

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teatime with the people

After arriving in hot and bone-dry Suleymaniyah I unpacked half my backpack, met up with the musicians (happy reunions and pleasant nice-to-meet-yous), and we started working. We had a week to come up with a repertoire … [...]

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homely elephant improvisations

tweet    When I visited Berlin in 2007, I lived in my yellow camper van in the Volkspark Friedrichshain amongst other mobile-home dwellers during what must have the coldest spring since the banana war. Snowstorm on 21 March. The Kastanienallee in nearby Prenzlauerberg welcomed me with its [...]

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songs of beyoğlu

Besides the most enjoyable improvised sessions I took part in in Istanbul, I was very lucky to have a few cosy evenings at the studio of streetfolk legends Kara Güneş. I had fantastic cheese, fell in love with the santoor, and had great chats with many wonderful … [...]

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elephant songs: ba1pa, on one leg

The road into the mountains was wet and green and smelled accordingly. At a roadside restaurant our production assistant and general spokesperson complained about the kashk-e-bademjan, one of our lunch dishes … [...]

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beach fun

tweet    After finishing the successful shows in Tehran, I had planned to ride through the Alamut Valley to Qazvin, to visit the castles of the Assassins on the way. Then on to Tabriz, and up to Armenia. However, in the meantime, through CouchSurfing I’d met Komeil, [...]

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elephant songs in lahore – multiple contacts

tweet    On Thursday 26 April, a fantastic selection of musicians from the Lahore rock and fusion scene joined elephant songs for a great show at True Brew Studios, Lahore. The evening was recorded by Jamal Rahman and Fatima Shah, and later mixed by Floris van Bergeijk. [...]

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peeru’s café

tweet    The first time I went to Peeru’s Café, my landlord Sajjad of Lahore Backpackers insisted I take a rickshaw – “for security”. When I told my driver my destination, well-known for its qawwali performances, he proudly announced he was a qawwal himself and sang all [...]

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