Saturday, July 16, 2016

Okay Temiz - 1980 - Drummer Of Two Worlds

Okay Temiz 
Drummer Of Two Worlds

01. East Breeze 4:36
02. Penguin 3:54
03. Galaxy Nine 5:56
04. Savsat Bari 2:42
05. Repercussions 4:40
06. Drummer Of Two Worlds 5:06
07. Sipsi 4:30
08. Ocean Roller 3:44
09. Fantasia Drive 6:48

Baglama [Saz] – Arif Sag* (tracks: A1)
Cowbell, Bells [Sheep Bells], Percussion [Thavil], Goblet Drum, Percussion [Quicca], Bongos [Moroccan], Woodwind [Frog Call], Berimbau, Percussion [Gourd], Talking Drum, Percussion [Log-drum], Bells [Finger Bells], Strings [Indian Tuned Sticks], Flute [Bamboo], Percussion [Flexotone], Zither [Valiha], Jew's Harp, Strings [Gopijantra], Brass [Air Horn], Bells [Tree Of Bells] – Okay Temiz
Drums, Bongos – Akay Temiz (tracks: A1, A2, B2)
Percussion [Kalebas] – Akay Temiz (tracks: A1, A2, B2), Okay Temiz
Synthesizer – Atilla Özdemiroglu* (tracks: A1)
Woodwind [Mey], Woodwind [Zuma] – Ziyaettin Aytekin* (tracks: A4, B1, B2)
Woodwind [Sipsi] – Okay Temiz, Ziyaettin Aytekin* (tracks: A4, B1, B2)

A2, A3, A4, B1, B2 recorded April 28-29, 1980 and A5, B4 recorded July 1-2, 1980 at Metronome Studio, Stockholm
A1, B3 recorded summer 1975 at Studio Sat Yapim, Istanbul
Label says "Made in Turkey by Melodi Records"

Born in Istanbul in 1939, Okay Temiz was influenced early by his mother, Naciye, who was classically schooled in music. Playing professionally since 1955, Temiz studied at the Ankara Conservatory and at the Tophane Art Institute to learn to build his own unique instruments. After meeting Maffy Falay and Don Cherry, he settled in Sweden; with Cherry and bassist Johnny Dyani he toured the U.S. and Europe (Live in Ankara, Sonet 1971). The group Xaba, with Dyani and trumpeter Mongezi Feza, was founded in 1972 (Rejoice, Cadillac 1972; Music for Xaba, Sonet 1972; Music for Xaba 2, Sonet 1979).

In 1974, Temiz created his own Oriental Wind, widely using Turkish instruments such as ney and gayda (played by Haci Tekbilek), zurna, kaval, ud, saz, and sipsi. For some performances, his mother joined the group. He always featured Turkish musicians in order to help them gain international recognition, and kept strong ties with his homeland; his all-star CD Zikir (Ada 1981) features the great ney player Aka Gündüz, pianist Tuna Otenel, and top bassist/arranger Onno Tunc, while Karsilama (Ada) is a glorified, exciting version of the percussion/zurna music accompanying wedding parties in Western Turkey. In 1991 and 1992, he released Fis Fis Tziganes (Label La Lichere) with a group of gypsy musicians from Istanbul, and Green Wave (Uzelli); in 1993, with his Magnetic Band (Ano Kato, 1995), he added South African rhythms to his palette.

After living for almost 30 years abroad, the new, more open cultural climate and the crop of younger musicians coming up motivated him to return to Turkey in 1998. He has a very intense schedule of teaching and performing there, often guesting in the most prestigious orchestras or creating his own projects that feature his invented instruments, like the hand-made copper drums, the Magic Pyramid, and Artemiz made with camel and sheep bells.



  2. Thank you very much, actually I did buy it from iTunes but itunes somehow do not allow me to redownload it.

  3. What an LP - been trying to find on vinyl with no luck - Thanks 4 the listen