Sunday, June 20th
@20h Lisbon / @22h Izmir
(online via zoom for max 35 people)
The world is but how you define it.
For Hasret, Cenk and Mahzun the Anatolian peninsula is where the world unfolds. It is their cradle of sound: borrowed, lent and absorbed from neighbours close and far.
In this world, bağlama, a long-necked guitar played by Mahzun Erdoğan, is the primary source of music: characteristically broken, melancholic, and infinite-sounding. Building on top of this Anatolian base, Mahzun has also mastered the guitar that reflects the broader geography of the music Neva Pangea plays.
Hasret Yildiz contributes with her daf – a Kurdish hand drum widely played in her native Erzurum in the far east of Turkey, and her voice, that carries the accents of the nearby Georgia, Armenia and Iran.
Cenk Arslanbuga brings with him the density of Anatolian history, rescuing the sounds of the last days of the Ottoman Empire with its vestiges of ethnic diversity before the nationalistic purges. One such sound is that of bouzouki, a now Greek instrument of a Turkish origin that the Ottoman Greeks fleeing from the persecution carried with them. Another is lavta – a type of a lute loved by the Greeks and Armenians of early 20th century Istanbul that also got forgotten after these minorities had to leave. Finally, he plays çağlama, in shape reminding a long stick, which is a modern 21st century invention that crosses a guitar with a bağlama for a rounder sound. Such interest in the uncommon instruments is actually but a quest for the commonality of emotion that music provokes, and ultimately a way to overcome prejudices against otherness.
All three met in Izmir to play the music of their world, which they call Neva Pangea, weaving Macedonian folk and Balkan gypsy chants into their Asia Minor tradition.
How do I see the concert?
Once you have made your donation, we’ll send you an online ticket with a secret code to our invisible private room in Zoom, for which we have a professional account for maximum quality. We do NOT RECORD the concerts and keep our virtual room intimate and cosy, limiting the participation to 35 people.
Will I have a good sound?
We make sure that the artists have the fastest internet connection possible and are properly geared. We run numerous soundchecks prior to the concert to make sure everything is tuned on the artist side! You can do your part: make sure your setup is as perfect as possible with our self-soundcheck guide.
How much should I donate?
We encourage you to make a donation on behalf of every person who participates in this online concert together with you.
We believe that 4 euros per person is fair, yet most guests usually contribute around 9 euros, so if you have the means and wish to support the artists and Invisible City further, we’d be grateful if your donation corresponds to what feels fairest to you.
You can also make a donation directly to the Invisible City account (for example, from your Revolut app or similar):
Account name: Invisible City MTÜ
IBAN: EE88 7700 7710 0336 8942
(Depending on your bank, the transfer may take some time to arrive, this is why please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know you made a transfer so that we send you your ticket right away!)
How much does the artist actually get?
Even before the gig starts, Invisible City guarantees a minimum of 100 euros to the artist no matter what. This is our investment into the performance which provides a safety net for the artist. We make sure it is never a lottery! These funds come from reinvesting the donations from the previous performances as well as from our private sponsors who support Invisible City directly (here is how you can become one).
What the campaign receives above the 100 euro mark, we share with the artist in equal parts. In this way, we provide a guaranteed income to the artist while staying sustainable and helping more artists run more wonderful gigs.
How do I pay in my currency?
If your bank does not allow foreign payments, just write to us at email@example.com and we find a way, promise!
Do you have Apple/Google Pay?
Yes. When you click on 'donate' the Apple/Google Pay option will appear automatically.
I need further help with donating!
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