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Hear Konstrukt's “Moroccan Sundown”

January 2018

The Turkish group share an exclusive track from their forthcoming EP

Istanbul based multi-instrumentalist Umut Çağlar founded the Turkish free jazz band Konstrukt at the start of 2008. The band's current line-up consists of Çağlar, Korhan Futacı, Apostolos Sideris, Erdem Göymen and Berkan Tilavel, and over recent years they have collaborated with the likes of Peter Brötzmann, Joe McPhee, William Parker and Keiji Haino.

This track is taken from Konstrukt’s forthcoming Oryantal EP, which they recorded in Istanbul in 2017 with two additional drummers and an extra double bass player on board. “In this recording,” says Çağlar, “we tried to explore the rhythmic roots of the band with the use of traditional instruments such as bendirs, tefs and double reeds. We also tried to carry these sounds to the future with the help of electronics. After the wider use of noise elements in our latest release with Keiji Haino, this record will show a more melodic and groovy side of the band.”

Oryantal will be released later this year by Holidays. Konstrukt were interviewed by Nick Hobbs in The Wire 408. Subscribers can access the full article via the online archive.

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