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"Zitty (Berlin)"

„Die Band ORIENTATION wechselt spielend zwischen der musikalischen Tradition des Abendlandes und westlichen Popgrooves.“ - Zitty (Berlin)


"Tagesspiegel (Berlin)"

„Die erste wirklich homogene Mischung aus Orient und Okzident, die die Stadt bisher hervorbrachte.“ - Tagesspiegel (Berlin)


"Berliner Kurier"

„Das Line-Up der Band ist ebenso außergewöhnlich wie die Musik: ORIENTATION kreuzt Funk, Soul und Hip-Hop mit orientalischen Sounds.“ - Berliner Kurier


"Berliner Zeitung"

„Die Gruppe ORIENTATION illustriert noch deutlicher, wie die deutschtürkischen Musiker mit schlangengleicher Wendigkeit die doppelten Infrastrukturen nutzen. Mit ihrer Mischung aus Jazz, Arabesk und Clubbeats tritt die Gruppe gleichermaßen in Multikulti-Spielstätten wie in den Jazzclubs auf, in türkischen Musikcafés wie auch als Vorgruppe für Popstars aus der Türkei.“ - Berliner Zeitung


"Tip (Berlin)"

„Und tatsächlich gelingt es den Musikern, die schweren, süßen, traditionell-türkischen Melodien gleichberechtigt neben Jazz- und Club-vibes zu platzieren. Eine beachtliche Leistung!“ - Tip (Berlin)


"Volksstimme (Salzwedel)"

„Stimmungsvolle soulige Grooves gingen über in lebhafte, fast gehetzten Funk und Jazz. Schienen Harmonie und Rhythmus für europäische Ohren wohlvertraut, wechselten sie immer wieder spielerisch in Gefilde wehmütig klingender orientalischer Melodien. Die Musik von ORIENTATION ist ein gelungenes Produkt kultureller Verschmelzung.“ - Volksstimme (Salzwedel)


"www.ay34.de"

In türkischer Sprache schmettere Sänger Bekir Karaoðlan, sowohl alte als auch die neuen Hits des kommenden Albums. Schon in der ersten Hälfte des Konzerts, wurden die Mix-Künste der Musiker deutlich. Der Song ¨Mehtap¨ (dt. Mondschein) - funky, jazzig und zwischendurch begleitet mit der türkischen Darbuka (Turkish Percussion) - regte das Publikum zum Tanzen auf. Auch bei ¨Salla¨ (dt. beweg´ dich) machte das Hagener Publikum bei 8/9 Takt, schnellen Beats mit. Insbesondere die Klänge der orientalischen Instrumente Darbuka und Kanun (Zither ähnliches Seiteninstrument) sorgten für eine abwechslungsreiche Stimmung und füllten die Luft mit türkischem Temperament. Nach der Pause trugen Andreas Advocado (Akustikgitarre) und Bekir Karaoðlan (Geige) ein Stück vor, das normalerweise ein ganzes Orchestra spielt. Nach melancholischen Songs servierte Orientation dann wieder rhythmische Sounds, wie dem Summer-Reggae-Song und dem funky Track ¨Son¨ (dt. Ende) - natürlich in türkischer Sprache. Es machte den Musikern sichtlich Spaß, wie sie moderne Sounds spielten und dann in die traditionelle Musik hinübergingen. Mit viel Enthusiasmus beherrschten sie ihre Instrumente und beeindruckten das Publikum. ¨Wir sind Orientation, machen Musik und kommen aus Berlin¨. Ein Statement von Andreas Advocado, das schon alles sagte. - www.ay34.de


"Morgenpost (Berlin)"

„Im Sound der smarten Jungs verschmelzen soulige Grooves und jazzig-funkiger Sound. Eine explosive und brillante Mischung aus Orient und Okzident.“ - Morgenpost (Berlin)


"PRI`s The World - Interview"

ORIENTATION
Berlin, March 26/2007

Our Global Hit today comes from Berlin. The German capital has a large Turkish population. It's the result of a long history of Turkish immigrants heading to
Germany. Their presence in Berlin is felt in many ways -- as Julie Siple reports.

These days, Berlin is as well-known for Turkish kebabs as it is for schnitzel. Some guest workers from Turkey have stayed here for generations and transformed many
aspects of the city. That includes the music. Turkish and German musicians are combining their traditions. Few are doing it as deliberately as this band, Orientation.
The seed for Orientation was planted in the mid 1970s, when Andreas Advocado was
growing up in Germany's Rhineland region.

ADVACADO: The first time in my life that I met a Turk was when I was eight years old, and for me this guy was a complete stranger, and that left a remarkable impression on me. And then I came in Berlin, and Berlin is loaded with those
foreigners, those auslanders. And since I am a musician, I thought to myself, what kind of music do these people play?

Advocado found out at a Turkish wedding in Berlin. He wanted to combine that
Turkish music with German music. But he needed help.

ADVACADO: I would never be able to play Turkish music like a Turkish musician, because I'm not. I'm a German, potato nose, Rhinelander.

But Bakir Karaoglan is a Turkish musician. His parents moved to Germany as guest workers, and he grew up in a part of Berlin where women in headscarves share the
street with blue-collar Germans. He listened to as much western hip-hop as Turkish classical. Then Karaoglan picked up on what Advocado was doing.

KARAOGLAN: When I heard the music for the first time, I thought: Wow. That's it. This is my music.

Karaoglan joined Orientation in 1998. He's the one who suggested writing a song in 9/8, a traditional Turkish time signature. The result was Salla. That's Turkish for
"Shake it."
The members of Orientation say integrating traditions is the key to their music. The band now has a Turkish percussionist, an Iranian guitarist, and a German drummer.
That context makes it tempting to think that Orientation is out to make a political statement with its multi-cultural music. But Advocado insists that he and his band
mates are interested only in making a musical statement.

ADVOCADO: I mean, take Wagner. Wagner and the Ottoman Empire just don't go. And that's our goal, to get them together. It's far more interesting than being a part of
never-ending word debates or debacles.

Orientation's latest CD is called "9 in Istanbul, 8 in Berlin." The title refers to the fact that the two cities are only one time zone apart. The band members say Berlin is a
perfect place to explore the musical connections. The city was once known for its wall that divided the east and west.
Now, Orientation is taking aim at any walls between and German and Turkish music. Those barriers appear headed for the same fate that befell the Berlin Wall.

For The World, I'm Julie Siple in Berlin. - PRI`s The World


Discography

Band: ORIENTATION
Album: Orientation Biz
Release: 04-17-2009
Label: akuma recordings

Album: 9 in Istanbul, 8 in Berlin
Release: 2006

Album: Bosporus Bridge
Release: 2002

COMPILATIONS:
- Play up
- East to West
- Kasbah (Greek)
- Head On / Gegen die Wand (Fatih Akin)
- Obsession Lounge
- Oriental Garden Vol. 5
- Klassik Lounge Night Flight Vol. 1
- Beyond Istanbul Vol. II (DJ Ipek)

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HOMEPAGE: www.orientation-music.com

The band ORIENTATION from Berlin has release their third album ORIENTATION BIZ at akuma recordings (www.akuma.de) in 2009. It was written and produced by Orientation singer Bekir Karaoglan and bassist Andreas Advocado. Both are known as producers and songwriters for numerous artists – e.g. for Killa Hakan, Ceza, EkoFresh, Aziza-A, Sultana, Waldemar Bastos, Astrid Suryanto or Muhabbet.

The band is especially known for its musical contribution to the movie "Head-On" (German title: "Gegen die Wand). The movie by director Fatih Akin (www.gegendiewand.de) received, among other things, a "Golden Bear" at the Berlinale in 2004.

Orientation turns the sound of Berlin - gateway between East and West - into pure music. With their Turkish-Persian-German band members they represent the city more than any other band. Their music stands for cultural variety, togetherness and the energy of Berlin. The music of Orientation merges original oriental sounds and powerful, funky groove into something completly new and different. Orientation says, "we love Berlin. The city means the world to us. It is our heart." And this is their sound.

The fans may expect 10 new ORIENTATION songs: powerful, sonorous, rhythmic, vivid – but also fitting to relax and chill. Pop music at its best. In contrast to earlier ORIENTATION works, the band dispensed with purely instrumental songs. Of course ORIENTATION BIZ cannot do without some good old acquaintances: violins, the kanun (the oriental zither), rock guitars, intricate sound arrangements, and the powerful bass.

This time Bekir's voice stands at the center of all songs. Advocado: "For me, Bekir has always had the most beautiful of all voices. I have listened to so many different singers and produced them, but Bekir is just able to express every feeling: from pain to happiness, despair to desire, contemplation to cheerfulness!"

The new Record "ORIENTATION biz" released at October 2008!!!