Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek
In Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek’s songs, psychedelic music, jazz and Anatolian folklore merge to create a musical style which thrives on the sound of the Bağlama, a traditional Turkish lute, and Yıldırım’s yearning and distinctive voice which lends their compositions and reinterpretations of traditional Turkish folk songs a strikingly unique quality. The year 2017 saw Derya Yıldırım and her band release their first EP Nem Kaldı which was soon followed by numerous live shows and their debut album Kar Yağar, released in May 2019. On stage, the five talented musicians, who originate from various corners across Europe, form a well-rehearsed unity that delivers its hypnotic songs with an irresistible sense of conviction, wittiness and humour. When Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek play their first show on the festival’s opening night, no on will be able to resist the groove.