Magazine article New Internationalist

Dalmak

Magazine article New Internationalist

Dalmak

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Dalmak

Like the two bands Jerusalem in My Heart and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Esmerine hail from Montreal's extraordinarily creative experimental music scene. Favouring, for the most part, acoustic instruments, marimba-player Bruce Cawdron and cellist Rebecca Foon are at the centre of a small chamber quartet that composes a repertoire which extends the contemporary classical canon in intriguing directions.

Just how interesting Esmerine can be is evidenced by its latest album, recorded in Istanbul where the quartet was augmented by four Turkish guest players. 'Dalmak' is a Turkish verb that can mean many things - to contemplate, to become absorbed by, to dive into, to plummet - and it provides an apt title. On Dalmak, the meditative drones and shifting melodies of the Canadians' strings and percussions are vamped up by an array of sounds, emanating from bendir, darbuka, erbcine, m eh, bamma, setz and electric guitar at the hands of Hakan Vreskala, Baran A§ik, Ali Kazim Akdag and James Hakan Dedeoglu in a thrilling and meaningful conversation. …

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