Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek

With members originating from Turkey, Germany, France, Italy, and Great Britain, Grup Şimşek (pronounced ‘Shimshek’) are an Anatolian Psych-pop sensation who take traditional Turkish poetry (by artists such as Selda Bağcan, Barış Manço and Özdemir Erdoğan) and re-imagine it in endless ways.

Led by Derya Yıldırım’s hypnotizing saz and vocals, the super-quintet combine Anatolian Folk and modern grooves as well as hints of Psychedelia, Jazz and Funk. Their originality comes from their beautiful compositions and ability to improvise around a rhythm. After the success of their first EP Nem Kaldi in 2017, their debut album Kar Yağar wowed us with its hectic energy, impeccable drumming, and gorgeous guitar grooves. Dynamic and incredibly fun, their live shows are electrifying.

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