“Frontman Richard Laniepce, closes his eyes on his saxophone, improvises and then says: "Normally, you moveto our songs.” Embarrassed audience laugh. But fortunately, the music can still make some slack. Asli Dogan first on trumpet and then singing made the first dance circles. More and more hands turn into the sky. On the ground, the stride feet got faster. And circles in the middle. Bellies knew different scopes. And Party started”
- BIRGIT REUTHER - Hamburger Abendblatt -
Kolektif Istanbul grew up from the meeting of musicians from villages playing at fetes and marriage ceremonies in the "homeland", and musicians with improvisation backgrounds from different modern styles but all in Istanbul with the colors of Istanbul.“Gayda” (Bulgarian bagpipes), clarinet, saxophone, accordion, tuba, percussions, drums all these instruments make this a unit with a great richness of sound which combines both the Balkan fanfare dynamism and the Anatolian “blues” depth. The Ensemble gains in intensity and emotion with Asli Dogan, the voice of this project, which carries all the expressiveness and sensitivity of the popular song.
After their very first album “Balkanatolia”, 2006 the band went through a musical evolution which brought them to “Krivoto” released on June 2008. With a funky and jazzy touch Kolektif Istanbul doubled their tempo and so their energy! In 2013 the band released their third studio album “Kerevet”. Nevertheless, the original characters of the melodies, inspirations, and so themes on the path of musical travel, has been overcome with "respect" and gaining ethical positions, in the other hand, while great freedom is taken with the orchestrations.
Kolektif Istanbul performed some outstanding shows and made out great parties at Montreux Jazz Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, SESC Pompeia and keep touring in prestigious festivals and venues across the world.
Kolektif is now preparing the release of their fourth
studio album and their 10th anniversary!
The mix contains some Turkish folk and modern pop elements, but also funky and jazzy sounds. The listener spurt, as here, the energetic groove of the Balkans and the depth of traditional Anatolian melodies flew together - In short, the music is just as much a melting pot as the hometown of Kolektif Istanbul. A dancy sound for everyone. This is so much fun that also one or another neighbourhood goers realised that something was going on, and joined them to party.
- ANNA NOVÁK - Die Welt -
(In Montreux Jazz festival) This year is no exception, and the knock down,drag out party on Tuesday night was unquestionably at Vernex Park, with Kolektif Istanbul’s high intensity accordion and horn- infused variations on traditional Turkish music.Kolektif’s top notch crew held a mixed crowd including dreadlocked youth andTurkish mothers, in awe for the better part of two hours.
- JARED BLOCH - genevalunch.com -