8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2013
I fully endorse the official review on this page. This is entrancing music with a violin type instrument combining with a lute type instrument to fashion improvisation of the highest calibre. And all before a sensitive Turkish audience. ECM have done themselves proud. World music album of 2013 for me!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2013
Of a flurry of fascinating cross-cultural projects ECM has released as summer heads south, "Kula Kulluk Yaksir Mi" (which translates apparently as "how unseemly it is to follow anyone slavishly") is arguably the most fantastic. Recorded seven years after the duo's first collaboration "The Wind", this live performance in Bursa is a heady brew of the ancient and the new, tradition and improvisation, the engaged and the removed. The kamancheh (spike fiddle) is so innocuous to look at, one can hardly below at the power of the sound which emanates from the hands of Kalhor (witness the fifth numbered improvisation where Kalhor really soars against the more delicate, harmonics of the baglama). Although the recording is compelling throughout the closing medley of intertwining melodies constitutes my highlight and is simply music of the highest order no matter the genre(s). A highlight of 2013.