Paul Sartin (Faustus, Belshazzar’s Feast) joins forces with Istanbul-born singer Çiğdem Aslan to lead a choral song workshop weekend exploring traditional song from different cultures.
Paul is well known in the UK as a singer, musician, composer and arranger; he will focus on songs of the British Isles, arranged for mixed voices. These will be taught by ear, so musical literacy is not a requirement. Listening skills, ensemble work, and performance matters will be addressed in Paul’s inimitable manner.
Drawing on her Middle-eastern background, Çiğdem will introduce songs with unfamiliar styles and rhythms (7/8, 9/8 or 10/8). She’ll teach lyrics in Turkish, Kurdish maybe even Greek, and talk about basic scales / maqam and maybe work on vocal improvisation and ornamentation.
Hosted by Meg Rose, expect a fascinating and enjoyable choral journey, with an informal sharing from tutors and participants on the Saturday evening.
Who’s it For?
Singers of all levels of experience are welcome. You do not need to be able to read music.
Paul Sartin is a singer, oboist, fiddler, member of Belshazzar’s Feast, Faustus (Preis der Deustchen Schallplattenkritik 2017) and the late BBC award-winning Bellowhead. He was a Choral Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, then subsequently a Lay Clerk at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and preferred Bass Deputy in Winchester Cathedral Choir. Paul directs the Andover Museum Loft Singers, and arranged Community Choirs Folk (Faber Music). A BASCA-nominated composer, recent commissions include work for the BBC, RSC, Aldeburgh Music, and the Southbank. He arranged and MD’d The Transports (Guardian *****), and Anthony and Cleopatra, As You Like It and Cymbeline for Central School of Speech and Drama. He is a recipient of a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
Çiğdem Aslan is an Istanbul-born singer who sings in many languages and regional styles, including Turkish, Kurdish, Greek, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Romany and Ladino. She studied English Literature at Istanbul University, before studying music at Goldsmiths College, London.
Her musical journey started within the family – in which music is one of the pivotal elements of the culture – gradually meeting with the other sounds of Istanbul and beyond. In 2003 she moved to London and joined Dunav Balkan Group, and in 2008 she joined She’Koyokh; “Britain’s best klezmer and Balkan music band” Songlines. She also performs folk songs from different regions of Anatolia accompanied by Tahir Palali on kopuz/baglama and herself on frame drums.
She has released two acclaimed albums; her debut album ‘Mortissa’ in October 2013 (shortlisted ‘Best Album’ of 2013 by fRoots and Songlines Magazine, ‘Best Artist’ for Songlines Music Awards 2014, and winner of the prestigious “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik/ German Record Critics Award”). Second album ‘A Thousand Cranes’ followed in October 2016.
Cigdem is in high demand for collaborations, European tours and cultural radio and TV appearances, with performance highlights including: Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre, Cadogan Hall, Barbican, & Jazz Cafe, London; Elbphilarmonie, Hamburg; WOMAD (UK & Spain); Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Pergamon Museum, Berlin; Gasteig, Munich; Traumzeit Festival, Duisberg (DE); Snape Proms, Aldeburgh (UK); Warsaw Cultural Festival, Warsaw (PL); Jewish Culture Festival, Krakow (PL); Buskers’ Bern, Switzerland; Mawazine Festival, Morocco; Les Nuits de Fourvière, Lyon (FR); Førde Festivalen, Norway; TFF Rudolstadt, Germany; Palace of Arts, Budapest (HU); Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, Istanbul (TR).