The German-Turkish trio ensemble FisFüz opens up the borders between tradition and modernity, between Orient and Occident with its intelligently arranged and passionately played »Oriental Jazz«. Elements from all ages and styles merge to create musical suspense which reflects the attitudes and flair of this metropolis on the Bosphorus.
Annette Maye has spent years investigating Turkish folklore and art-music. The clarinet player has played together with Turkish, Arabian and Moroccan musicians on numerous concert tours. This is how she found her way into Turkish/Oriental sounds without imitating antiquated stylistics. The virtuoso, multi-faceted improvisations of this exceptional clarinet player reflect equally what she learned from her studies of jazz and her experience of klezmer music, Italian folklore and improvised music. She is also involved in world music and jazz projects such as Schäl Sick Brass Band, Doyna and New Gate as well as playing in various »new music« ensembles.
Gürkan Balkan studied classical oud and composition at the Istanbul Conservatory. He is without doubt one of the few oud players in Europe who can be tastefully innovative in a mature musical manner on this instrument. He sensitively crosses traditional barriers with his melodious and harmonious expressiveness without losing due respect for them. As a sought-after producer and studio musician, he works with European musicians such as Giora Feidman as well as with a number of Turkish artists.
As a specialist for frame drums, Murat Coskun finds his style in the combination of the most varied styles of percussion playing. He feels just as much at home with old and new European music as he does with world music which is impressively illustrated, on the one hand, by his close co-operation with Giora Feidman and, on the other, by his involvement with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. As festival initiator and director, he manages to bring together a whole host of music and drum cultures on international stages.