Active since 2001, Istanbul based AYYUKA was one of the first bands looking back at 70’s Turkish music to find a new voice. Not caught up in the retromania but reincarnating Turkish Psychedelic within their own sounds, the band managed to develop an unmistakable unique sound.
Inspirations of Dick Dale, John Fursciante and local heroes like Erkin Karoay and Orhan Gencebay make their music more guitar oriented, but their fascination for film music and improvisation brings unexpected twists within most of their songs.
Right after their eponymous debut in 2007, the band shared stage with Sonic Youth and Jonathan Richman. Heading toward a completely instrumental music, their 3rd studio recording “Sömestr” had already become a cult album for records collectors.
They’ve collaborated with Olrando Julius, Ilhan Ersahin and had guests on almost every album.
For every new album AYYUKA is experimenting with techniques of music writing and flirting with genres like afrobeat, funk, dub or arabic music.
Özgür Yılmaz – guitar, vocals, synth
Ahmet Kul – guitar, synth
Altan Sebüktekin – bass
Alican Tezer – drums
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