TANGO LINE, the first UK-based ensemble to specialize in performing Turkish Tango music revisits Turkey’s 1920’s and 30’s tango scene. Innovative interpretations of Turkish Tango combine nostalgia with the multiculturalism of London’s music scene.
Turkish classical and traditional vocalist Eylem Korkmaz is joined by Greek accordion virtuoso Stelios Katsatsidis, Balkan and Mediterranean violin specialist Meg Hamilton, Jazz – Balkan bassist Thodoris Ziarkas, and classical cellist Victoria Walker. Formed in 2014 this sophisticated ensemble already performs regularly in London and further afield.
Eylem Korkmaz sings sublime songs about love and separation. Recorded by the greatest Turkish singers of the time including Seyyan Hanim (1913-1989) and İbrahim Özgür (1905-1959), these songs are rooted in Argentine tango, particularly the Milonga, blending Western classical salon music with Turkish lyrics and post-Ottoman nuances both in the music and the dance.
Tango Line explores the internal passion of the music, performing with a freedom that openly invites both listeners and dancers to enjoy the subtle Turkish variety of the tango.