By Heidi Trautmann
It was in 2010 that I led an interview with Vic Lundie
from Karmi – very sadly he died a year ago - on rumours of Jazz coming to
Cyprus since I had heard of Jazz workshops held on a bi-communal basis. http://www.heiditrautmann.com/category.aspx?CID=8373432144#.VrOBydJ96JA
Within the last five years the situation has completely
changed. Jazz has arrived for sure and recently I was made aware that there are
some places, restaurants/bars in Nicosia that now bring concerts on a regular
basis. One of the first ones to invite top musicians was Cadi Kazani, the well
known and classic Studio Café led by Nilgün Güney and Ates Kozal, others
followed, and the recent talk of the town are snug little places, such as The
Ghetto and The Gospel, both in the same area in the Osman Paşa Road. There are
some remarkable bands that have formed.
of the musicians I know for their great talents and so I followed an
announcement for 03 February at The Gospel after I have missed one at The
Ghetto and one at Cadi Kazani with Cahit Kutrafali a very good bass guitarist I
had listened to at some other occasions. Now, on Feb 03, my husband and I went
to listen to Suleyman Akosman (vocal and guitar), Ersen Sururi (viola) and Naim
Korudağ (guitar); the concert was supposed to start at 9 pm which for us oldies
is not too late. What kind of jazz do they play, I was asked, I mean the title
says it all.
place is small but a bar should be just that when you listen to jazz music, sit
close together and feel the vibrations of the people around you, see them smile
and go with the music, snap their fingers and tap their feet to the rhythms. Young people who all know each other, nice
young people, artists, theatre people, musicians, or just fans. We ordered some
wine and with it came some cheese and dried fruit and my husband had a burger freshly
made. Very good.
music ….. we just loved it. With their solos the three musicians showed us what
can be done with an instrument. Unbelievable. The whole atmosphere reminded me
of the 1970s in New Orleans, those small pubs, one next to each other and in
each a different kind of music played by small groups or soloists.
are many other little places making good music but I have not visited them. For
those who love jazz, blues and soul, even rock music, they sure will find some
The coming events, in this case for The
Gospel, are announced on their facebook sites, for example on Feb 05, 09 and 13
etc.. there are different groups performing; the costs are TL 10 per person. You
better call them and reserve a space. In future I will pay more attention to
such events and place them on my website.