MIRCAN

MIRCAN

BandWorldSinger/Songwriter

Biography

Mircan Kaya
Introduced by David Seddon

Introduction
Mircan Kaya, who lives now for the most part in Istanbul, but has her roots in Mingrelia (in what is now the independent Georgia), has become increasingly well known in recent years for her distinctive music; but she brings to the Turkish cultural scenemuch more than her music- as we shall see in the interview. Further more, as she herself notes in the interview, she has been able to combine her private life with not only a musical career but also with a career as astructural engineer. She prefers to earn her living through her professional engineering skills and to allow her musical and wider cultural productions to be less constrained. Nevertheless, there are many ways in which her various talents and interests are connected. For example, she is currently studying ethno-musicology and is also taking an advanced MSc in the analysis of historic buildings, which will involve her in studies in Italy (at the University of Padua), Portugal and Spain.

Her work, which has involved close collaboration with other musicians, including both Turkish and British artists, is strongly marked by her social origins and background, and by her own life experiences. Her early childhood memories in particular and her continuing links to the mountain village where she was brought up, and where her mother still partly lives, feed into many aspects of her adult life.

She has now produced five solo albums: Bizim Ninniler (Our Lullabies) with Çan Müzik in 2005; Kül with Kalan in the same year; Sala with UCM in 2006; and Kül & Ashes – a reprint of Kül-with UCM in 2007. She also produced Numinosum, together with Limbo (a group based in Bristol) in 2008, and OUTIM (Once upon a Time in Mingrelia), also with Limbo which was released in September 2008, not long after this interview. She has appeared (together with Kalıncacık) in the compilation Made in Turkey 3/ The World of Turkish Grooves, with Yeni Dünya Müzik.

Her works published by Turkish labels can be found at www. Kalan.com and www.tulumba .com. For further details, see her websites: www.mircan.net, www.ucmproduction.com, www.myspace.com/Mircan and www.myspace.com/Mircananatolian.

Discography

Bizim Ninniler (Our Lullabies)
Kul & Ashes
Sala
Numinosum
Outim

Set List

Voice
Turmpet
Cello
Piano
Accordion
Viloin, viola
Baglama
Flute
Bagpipe
Guitars
Bass
Percussions