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GEVENDE

Eclectic Prog • Turkey


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Gevende is a band from the recently evolving music scene of Turkey.

On stage Gevende makes a music which has no boundaries. They build up a context, start ?playing? around it and end up with an inconceivable performance constructed with simple musical elements. It is hard to insert such a musical approach into a musical genre but ?folk rock? or ?psychedelic folk? would be convenient to define their music.

Gevende?s musical taste consists of collected pieces from every place they go, all the music they listen to, every culture they touched and make a fusion which can be loved by the people of all lands. In September 2006 they hit the road for a musical journey which influenced their music and affected their lives forever. They took a route through Iran, Pakistan, India, to Nepal where they shared their music with local artists and experienced a musical interaction with those lands which was a lifetime experience for sure.

In their songs, Gevende uses a language which belongs to nowhere. It is an imaginary mixture or phonetic imitation of the world languages so that everyone could find a word or a sound of his/her own. ?The spontaneous tongue of world? we call it.

Since their formation in 2000, the band has performed at several prestigious festivals around the world, has been awarded for their works many times. The interest of their music is growing rapidly. Followed by international musicians, Gevende has projects with acclaimed bass clarinet player Tobias Klein and French guitar player Damien Cluzel. In 2008, the band has started another project with Paris based ?soundpainting? band called Balbazar, on the improvisation of large number of musicians on stage. (Adapted from the band's Myspace)

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EMI Turkey 2006
Audio CD$18.68
$21.97 (used)
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  • Gevende at iKSV salon, Istanbul on 31 Oct 2014

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3.57 | 11 ratings
EV
2006
4.78 | 18 ratings
Sen Balik Degilsin Ki
2011

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 Sen Balik Degilsin Ki by GEVENDE album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.78 | 18 ratings

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Sen Balik Degilsin Ki
Gevende Eclectic Prog

Review by Sanki

5 stars I just became a forum member to write a review for this album. I have been visiting progarchives for years;I have been tempted to submit ratings and write reviews before but it took this album to finally get me to act. This should indicate how strongly I feel about it. This album is absolutely creative, unique, emotional and universal. The band was formed in Turkey and the members are all Turkish but it is difficult to find any distinct Turkish "flavor" in the music (not that anything is particularly wrong with that; I have been enjoying their first album, which had more of that flavor, for years). Having said all of this, we all have different tastes, we seek different sounds; so, I am sure not everyone will like this album but I recommend it as strongly as possible to those who enjoy good melodies, compositions and a wonderful use of brass and string instruments along with traditional rock structures. Call it eclectic if you like but I don't like those classifications that much, it is just excellent music, pushing boundaries, trying new things that will move you and take you places.

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 EV by GEVENDE album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.57 | 11 ratings

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EV
Gevende Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars A Turkish band coming from Eskisehir, found in 2000 with the driving forces being guitarist/singer Ahmet Kenan Bilgic, viola player Ömer Öztüyen, bassist Okan Kaya, drummer Gökce Gürcay and trumpetist Serkan Emre Ciftci.The first years Gevende focused on developing a Balkan-oriented sound and performing live.It was the establishment of the Baykus music label in 2005, that gave them the opportunity to record their debut ''Ev'', released in 2006.

''Ev'' sees the group playing an upfront mix of Psychedelic Rock and Folk Rock, creating pleasant and cheerful atmospheres, led by the enjoyable grooves of the rhythm section and the heavy use of brass instruments and viola.The performaces are nice with a pretty abstract mood and extended solo parts by the users of traditional instruments.The music is mostly highly energetic and passionate with the weird Turkish language supporting the arrangements, even perfectly suitable for a party atmosphere.Around the middle the album offers a different and more emotional mood with laid-back, refined and more progressive compositions, influenced by traditional Turkish Music, arranged with a somewhat Classial feeling.Viola, flutes and mellow psychedelic guitars lead the way, while Bilgic'es voice has an evident melancholic color.''Sermest'' is propably the most complex track of the album, here the band delivers a really adventurous Folk/Fusion style with tons of interplays and sudden breaks.''Ev'' offers also lots of mellow acoustic moments with a nostalgic touch and generally the album has a nice flexibilty regarding its emotional content.

Nice and recommended debut, full of passionate, elaborate or groovy compositions.Gevende are definitely a band to keep an eye on.

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 Sen Balik Degilsin Ki by GEVENDE album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.78 | 18 ratings

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Sen Balik Degilsin Ki
Gevende Eclectic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

5 stars I thought their debut was a solid 4 stars but it took a while to grow to that for me. I knew this second album was special after one listen, in fact it's on a whole other level when compared to the debut. It's in the same style with the trumpet and violin taking prominant roles but for my tastes the music is much better. For my final listen for this review I went through this song after song waiting for that high level to drop off but it never did. An incredible release !

"Vigeland" opens with bass and drums and I love that intro. Violin comes in screaming. How good is this ! It settles back before 2 minutes. So good as we get a powerful atmosphere with drums. Trumpet 3 minutes in then vocals for the first time after 4 1/2 minutes. "Esinti" has this relaxed beat as the guitar then violin joins in. Reserved vocals follow. Chunky bass too. Trumpet 2 1/2 minutes in as the vocals stop. Incredible sound 4 minutes in. A calm follows then the vocals return. Violin replaces the vocals and it's dissonant at times. Killer stuff. "Akvaryum" has relaxed trumpet to open then reserved vocals before 2 minutes as the trumpet stops. Deep guitar notes then violin before the trumpet returns. Amazing tune. "Igloo" has picked guitar as reserved vocals join in. Percussion and trumpet too as it builds. It does settle back. Such a great sound here. Violin before 4 1/2 minutes.

Love the dissonance in "Kadibostan" along with the outbursts of sound. It kicks in around a minute and vocals follow. This is catchy and entertaining. Love the vocals 3 minutes in. Intense violin before 4 minutes. It kicks in. Hell yeah ! A calm follows with trumpet then it builds. "Sanki" opens with picked something as clapping joins in. Vocals before a minute. A full sound follows as contrasts continue. The guitar 4 1/2 minutes in lights it up. "Beboyi Yerki" opens with heavy and deep sounds with atmosphere. Vocals a minute in. Killer sound. Fantastic track ! "Sustum" opens with bass as a beat joins in. Smooth vocals follow. Guitar too. It picks up with trumpet. Great sound late.

An absolute pleasure from beginning to end. Thanks Todd !

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 EV by GEVENDE album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.57 | 11 ratings

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EV
Gevende Eclectic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The first time I listened to this I was saying to myself (after the first two tracks) "This is just too Spanish for my tastes". When I looked up their bio here and saw they were from Turkey I had to laugh. Besides drums, guitar and bass we get viola and trumpet which play significant roles in their sound. I can't forget the male vocalist who sounds incredible. I would describe their sound as in a similar style to FULANO from Chile. This is a blast !

"Celik Comak" has these fast paced spoken vocals and some laughter, then it kicks in reminding me of AREA. Love the guitar a minute in. Trumpet too. This is insane. Vocals and viola follow. A top four track for me. "Refik" builds nicely and we get vocals before a minute. Lots of trumpet and viola here. Man this sounds Spanish to me. "Nem" turns darker with sampled spoken words and viola before 1 1/2 minutes. A melancholic mood follows. Trumpet joins in. It starts to pick up later. An amazing song and a top four. "Nayu" is acoustic with laid back vocals early on. Spacey sounds before 3 minutes then back to the earlier soundscape to end it.

"Okyanus Duguna" has some spacey sounds to start. Trumpet, viola and a beat take over. "Anonim" opens with stoic vocals and when they stop 1 1/2 minutes in the viola comes in then a full sound. Vocals are back only this time they are alive and passionate. Catchy stuff. "Gozegn" is a top four and it sounds like a different vocalist. I like this one a lot. When the vocals stop it picks up and becomes more intense. "Sermest" kicks in before a minute with fast paced vocals. He puts on quite the show. I like when it settles 2 minutes in. It picks back up late. "Seker" is the final song and my last top four. Acoustic guitar and deep bass sounds lead off. It builds and vocals come in. A child speaks around 2 minutes then the sounds of a school yard can be heard with the children laughing and playing. The child is speaking again before the school yard sounds end it.

This was fun, adventerous and an entertaining listen.

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