By Heidi Trautmann
It was a perfect idea to finish the Music Festival off
with the Gommalars – The Friends – a music group that has touched the nerve of
Cypriot sensitivity….with Simge and Aytunç Akdoğu, the vocalists, Onur
Kasapoğlu and Görken Muniroğlu, guitar and percussion, being the basis of the
Gommalar Cover Band, and some friends and colleagues from the Gommalars as
such, a movement, as they say, not just
a music band, a movement created by young people for all people that …. “want to
in peace with the whole of nature, humanity and the infinite life forms of our
universe and beyond. There is a philosophy within every song played and
instruments, melodies and lyrics indirectly speak of “the Law of One” that we
are all united in truth.”
The audience sat with closed eyes, smiled and swayed
back and forth to the music, to the voices that became instruments. It is like
the birds that twitter, the tree leaves that rustle in the wind, the sun that
shines, nature as it shines and blinks, just like the song Mavı Kuş / Blue Bird.
Listen to it if you want, either via youtube or this link http://video.ibrahimay.com/?video=2ihU5Di1KtI It has something so pure and innocent, it is
the way you want to live and be in balance with yourself and nature.
In the course of the evening they were joined by
three more musicians on the piano (Atakan Sarı),
violin (Kasim Erkut) and oud (Adil). The stage was covered in instrument bags
and in-between they were opened to bring out still another instrument to go
with the songs. They seem to be able to play them all.
But not only this spherical music enchanted the
audience, it became passionate, full of laughter and love of life, the voices
became lovers, brother and sister, they conversed with each other, jubilating.
It was the last evening of the Music Festival in
Nicosia and a huge cake was brought in by the organiser to later celebrate
together the successful undertaking of bringing music into town, right into the
heart of Nicosia. Our thanks go to the organiser, the Naci Talat Foundation and
to the many musicians. Do it again and see you next year.