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Onur Özer im Cabaret

22. February 2011

The currents of influence that have shaped Istanbul for thousands of years, continueto flow today in the only city in the world situated on two continents. At this crossroadthe “Queen of Cities” has sat while Middle Eastern, Asian and European waves ofinfluence surged and receded. In these tides Onur Özer was born and raised and inhis music they all come radiating through.

Onur’s developmental years were spent listening, not playing an instrument.The melodies and harmonies he composes today are a result of what he heard,interpreted, and “somehow” was able to play spontaneously. The development of theIstanbul club scene started in 1999, close to the time Onur began producing music.From 1999 to 2004 tech and minimal house thrived in Istanbul as did Onur’s positionin it. In 2003 Onur quit his day job to peruse music exclusively and held variousresidencies in Istanbul’s best clubs. He exported his sound via DJ performancesfirst. In 2005 he released his debut “Freakdisko EP” on Freude Am Tanzen followedby the “Envy EP” on Vakant. From these releases combined with his amplified DJtouring, Onur was recognized as one of Groove magazine’s best newcomers for2005.

Onur provided two more highly acclaimed Vakant EPs, “Twilight” in 2006 and “RedCabaret” in 2007, followed by a full length album. The debut album for both Onurand Vakant, “Kasmir” presents the musical world Onur was surrounded by, from themystical Arabesque and Turkish art music to the deep synthetic pulses that comethrough the drivers of some of the world’s biggest sound systems on which he plays.Together they melt drifting ideas left and right, east and west, moody to motivated.Onur expresses the music which unexplainably comes out of him sans musicaltraining with textures widely varied.

With his production or DJ sets, Onur evokes a vivid mind melt of intersectingthoughts and movements, venting in synergy from a sweltering ancient yet modernmelting pot. Funneling the currents that have shaped his hometown together into onetruly exceptional torrent, Onur uniquely expresses the style he has become known foras a staple of expanding and far reaching club sounds.

Sa 28.05.2011 23.00
Cabaret Club Zürich

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