Minor Empire
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Minor Empire

İstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | MAJOR

İstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey | MAJOR
Established on Jan, 2011
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"Feature TV Interview"

Feature TV Interview - TRT Turk


"Late Night Show - Musical Guest"

Late Night Show - Musical Guest - CNN Turk


"A review by Tiina Kiik, THE WHOLENOTE, CANADA"

“Careful combinations of Western pop sounds, jazz improvisations, and Turkish traditional music and superb arrangements. The result is a
smart band creating intriguing sounds and melodies set to a backdrop of funky beats. Ozman’s sultry vocals weave effortlessly through a
tapestry of musical influences.“ - THE WHOLENOTE


"A quote by José Miguel López, RNE RADIO 3, SPAIN"

“Canada is producing some of the best contemporary world music.” - RNE RADIO 3, SPAIN


"A review by Holger Brandstaedt, FOLK WORLD, GERMANY"

“...among the best I’ve heard lately. Ozan Boz touches no world music soup, he creates a dynamic virtuosity and masters the balance
between electronic and acoustic instruments. Be sure to listen!” - FOLK WORLD


"A review by Holger Brandstaedt, FOLK WORLD, GERMANY"

“...among the best I’ve heard lately. Ozan Boz touches no world music soup, he creates a dynamic virtuosity and masters the balance
between electronic and acoustic instruments. Be sure to listen!” - FOLK WORLD


"A review by Li Robbins, SONGLINES (#82), UK"

“Contemporising traditions has become commonplace; less frequent are results as unselfconscious and cohesive as this. This group of
talented musicians have a deep understanding of what is takes to create dreamy and cinematic textures that unfold with a seeming
simplicity. Pure and sinuous vocals and percussion that simmers with delicious intensity” - SONGLINES UK (#82)


"A review by TJ Nelson, WORLD MUSIC CENTRAL, USA"

“A delicious dance that is both fresh and stylishly hip. Deeply exotic, Second Nature moves effortlessly through 14 evocative tracks
fashioned out of ripe Turkish hues and moody Western atmospheric landscapes. Bold, expertly worked and voluptuous, Second Nature
will surely have world music fans clamoring” - WORLD MUSIC CENTRAL


"A review by TJ Nelson, WORLD MUSIC CENTRAL, USA"

“A delicious dance that is both fresh and stylishly hip. Deeply exotic, Second Nature moves effortlessly through 14 evocative tracks
fashioned out of ripe Turkish hues and moody Western atmospheric landscapes. Bold, expertly worked and voluptuous, Second Nature
will surely have world music fans clamoring” - WORLD MUSIC CENTRAL


"A feature article by Roger Levesque, EDMONTON JOURNAL"

“Group addresses Turkish roots in entrancing musical project. Ozman’s exceptional emotional expression becomes a language unto itself.” - EDMONTON JOURNAL


"A review by Eelco Schilder, FOLK WORLD"

"It’s tradition from a new generation, perfectly arranged, highest quality and an exciting collaboration... A dream debut!" - FOLK WORLD


"A review by Eelco Schilder, FOLK WORLD"

"It’s tradition from a new generation, perfectly arranged, highest quality and an exciting collaboration... A dream debut!" - FOLK WORLD


"A quote by Alan Davis, SMALL WORLD MUSIC SOCIETY, TORONTO"

“Minor Empire’s debut concert was an impressive affair all around. Musically sophisticated and well-played they also demonstrated their
ability to draw the community and a broader audience together, celebrating their CD release to a full house at Lula Lounge.” - SMALL WORLD MUSIC SOCIETY


"A review by David Dacks, EXCLAIM!, CANADA"

“A slinky, dub-y Turkish soup of knotty rhythms, largely unsweetened. Ozgu Ozman is front and centre with effective vocals, both sexy and
serpentine, but never outlandishly so. The atmosphere is successfully dreamy without being wan and its sunny moods aren’t cloying.” - EXCLAIM!


"A review by David Dacks, EXCLAIM!, CANADA"

“A slinky, dub-y Turkish soup of knotty rhythms, largely unsweetened. Ozgu Ozman is front and centre with effective vocals, both sexy and
serpentine, but never outlandishly so. The atmosphere is successfully dreamy without being wan and its sunny moods aren’t cloying.” - EXCLAIM!


"A review by Yves Bernard, LE DEVOIR, QUEBEC"

“De Toronto, la chanteuse Ozgu Ozman tisse l’une des plus belles musiques à partir de ses racines turques: tout en élégance,
l’interprétation est raffinée dès le départ. Et Ozman marie sa voix aux splendides croisements de guitares électriques et atmosphériques.
Il s’agit bien de cela: le disque propose un équilibre quasi parfait entre les climats d’intimité et les claques percussives, entre la nuit des
temps et l’urbanité qui s’y fond.” - LE DEVOIR


"A feature by Errol Nazareth, CBC RADIO ONE, CANADA"

“Second Nature marks an important way forward for Turkish and world music, in general. The captivating voice you hear on the
CD “Second Nature” belongs to Ozgu Ozman, the lead singer with Minor Empire. I love how their sound blurs the lines between electronic
and traditional Turkish music. I like how textured and trippy it is, and I especially like the guitars on this album – ominous and psychedelic.” - CBC RADIO ONE


"A feature by Errol Nazareth, CBC RADIO ONE, CANADA"

“Second Nature marks an important way forward for Turkish and world music, in general. The captivating voice you hear on the
CD “Second Nature” belongs to Ozgu Ozman, the lead singer with Minor Empire. I love how their sound blurs the lines between electronic
and traditional Turkish music. I like how textured and trippy it is, and I especially like the guitars on this album – ominous and psychedelic.” - CBC RADIO ONE


"“An amazing debut album” - A review by RIGAS LAIKS, LATVIA"

“An amazing debut album” - RIGAS LAIKS, LATVIA


"“An amazing debut album” - A review by RIGAS LAIKS, LATVIA"

“An amazing debut album” - RIGAS LAIKS, LATVIA


Discography

"Second Nature", 2011, World Trip Records
Distributed in Canada by Outside Music, in USA by Burnside Distribution

Radio Airplay:
"Second Nature" No.1 on national World Music Chart in 2011.

Awards:
2012 Canadian Independent Music Awards, Recipient of “World Artist/Group of the Year” award
2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Recipient of “World Group of the Year” award

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Bio

--- Short Bio ---

Variously described by reviewers as "trippy", "dreamy", "cinematic", "stylishly hip" and "deeply exotic", award-winning Turkish-Canadian world music group Minor Empire has racked up a lengthy list of plaudits for its seamless blend of Turkish traditional music and modern sounds. Its debut album, Second Nature, earned it a Canadian Folk Music Award for World Group of the Year, an Indie Music Award for Favourite World Artist of the Year and a nomination for the About.com World Music Readers Choice Award. The band has showcased its captivating blend of ethereal vocals and trancey, trip-hop-inspired arrangements at prominent venues such as Yoshis in San Francisco, National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Banff Centre, Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Hillside Festival, Luminato Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival and Calgary Folk Music Festival.

Second Nature was released in Turkey in January 2014, and has been in the top 10 best selling albums since. The group has been featured in countless daily newspapers and art magazines, and made numerous TV appearances on national shows like CNN Turk's Late night show and TRT National.

Instrumentation:

Ozgu Ozman; vocal

Ozan Boz; guitar, electronics

Tamer Pinarbasi; kanun

Chris Gartner; bass

Michael Occhipinti; guitar

Debashis Sinha; percussion, electronics

Ben Riley; drums


--- Long Bio ---

Winners of two major music awards for the years best world album, Minor Empire is a captivating global music supergroup, born out of its founders love of lo-fi and their homesickness for the music of their native Turkey.

Its sound is defined by the dreamy vocals of Ozgu Ozman, which soar above an ambient bed of organic instrumentation kanun, saz, oud, and world percussion, clarinet, guitar and bass -- to create the airy, atmospheric vibe of an updated Buddha Bar collection. Band features some of Canadas finest musicians; Michael Occhipinti on guitar, Chris Gartner on bass, Deb Sinha on percussion.

Exclaim praised its debut album, Second Nature, for its slinky, dub-y, Turkish soup of knotty rhythms. Le Devoir called the sound refined and said Ozman weaves a most beautiful music from her Turkish roots. Songlines praised Ozmans pure and sinuous vocals and the percussion that simmers with delicious intensity without ever quite reaching a boil. CBC Radio said the album marked an important way forward for Turkish and world music, in general.

Boz, projects lead and producer, laboured over the recording for months, working to perfect the mixture of East and West, organic and electronic, traditional and trippy. His perfectionism paid off in January 2011, when the album was released to instant acclaim.

It won the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award for World Group of the Year and the 2012 Indie Award for Favourite World Artist of the Year. It also topped the Canadian national world music chart and was nominated for an About.com World Music Readers Choice Award.

Second Nature was released in Turkey in January 2014, and has been in the top 10 best selling albums since. The group has been featured in countless daily newspapers and art magazines, and made numerous TV appearances on national shows like CNN Turks Late night show and TRT National broadcast.


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