This review goes out to one of my all time favorite CDs! "Orient Expressions - Divan" released in January 2004
Orient Expressions is originated in Istanbul (Turkey). This music band was one of the first pioneers who blend Turkish traditional music with electronic grooves. It is only the last 10 years that musicians are exploring the boundaries between different musical traditions. The sound that Orient Expressions has created in this masterpiece is original, unique and deeply soul touching.
All soundtracks are the result of a collaboration between five amazing artists. Each of them are sharing their strengths. Dj Yakuza is bringing the sound ideas and structures. Cem Yyldyz is the traditional turkish instrumentalist who plays the ud, cumbus and sazbus. Richard Hamer is sharing his flute sounds to harmonize the songs to a deeper level. Suat Borazon is the percussionist who strengthens the electronic grooves with drum rhythms and Adille Yadirigi is enriching the sound with her soul touching voice.