derya's songbook

Live music, steeped in history, remixed with immediacy, vibrancy and virtuosity in the hands of some of Europe’s finest composers and musicians.

Derya Yıldırım, Gesang & Bağlama
Deniz Mahir Kartal, Kaval & Duduk
Sebastian Flaig, Perkussion
Max Andrzejewski, Schlagzeug
Sebastian Schottke, Klangregie
Ensemble Resonanz

Compositions by Ketan Bhatti, Yannis Kyriakides, Max Andrzejewski, Sven-Ingo Koch, Brigitta Muntendorf, Ali N. Askin, Taner Akyol, Antonis Anissegos

A project of Körber Resonanz Lab

Old songs – new compositions.

Written for sensational vocalist and bağlama (a long-necked lute) player Derya Yıldırım and performed by a crew of virtuosic musicians across bağlama, strings, duduk, hand drums and drum kit.

A stage full of the sounds of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Greece. Tunes passed on by centuries of mouths and ears — tunes that have been twisted, warped, fondly echoed and deftly weaved to shape nine utterly new, modern pieces. A song cycle, brought to you by Hamburg’s Ensemble Resonanz.

derya's songbook

derya's songbook in concert
Short documentation about derya's songbook

10 composers have written their own versions of Turkish, Anatolian, Kurdish and Greek songs as well as compositions inspired of Derya's voice, the Baglama and the ensemble. A new 80-minute song cycle that crosses borders and combines old folk songs with new compositions and pop-cultural settings. 

The project »Derya's Songbook« is designed to address new audiences and communities. The process has been intensely documented and there is a broad range of digital footage, films and snippets for you to use.