Taksim Trio
Taksim Trio


5.0
classic

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
January 7th, 2009 | 48 replies | 11,970 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ‘Taksim Trio…making music inspired by the heart of Istanbul’.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Although being the sort of statement that may unnerve particular music aficionados, it’s vital that it’s stated rather than implied - Taksim Trio’s self titled album is one of the most beautiful compositions of music you will ever hear. Three musicians, all of whom have a complete mastery over their respective instruments, have set out to make a piece of music that is as involving and deep as the cultural background it comes from. Comprising of a clarinet, a bağlama (otherwise known as the saz) and a kanun (a string instrument on a trapezoidal soundboard), Taksim Trio give an absolutely absorbing and luscious portrayal of contemporary musical styles played within a traditional Turkish soundscape. As with any band, the connection and relationship between each member is essential to the execution of the music. It is with this in mind one can easily see why Taksim Trio’s music is faultless; the way Hüsnü Senlendirici, Ismail Tunçbilek and Aytaç Dogan weave in and out of various moods and melodies, the way they presuppose each other all while giving their fellow member the utmost instrumental support, and the way their collusion incorporates so many diverse styles of music into a single fluid composition is literally perfect. Their complete cohesion as musicians can be seen in the way they are able to improvise together, in the traditional style, remaining harmonious while playing without any prescribed notation. Furthermore, this immaculate fusion of styles stems from the very concept that drives Taksim Trio’s music – the city of Istanbul. For centuries, Istanbul has been the point where East meets West, and it is with this idea that Taksim Trio lay out their music. Obviously rooted in their own musical heritage of traditionally styled Turkish music, Taksim Trio incorporate such styles as classical and jazz into this traditional mould, allowing the direction of their playing to represent Istanbul in its ultimate grandeur, both historically and musically.

As an entirely instrumental album, it’s crucial that Taksim Trio remains completely captivating throughout its hour length, and commendation must be given to the three musicians for accomplishing this to the finest degree. With simply three acoustic instruments, Taksim Trio’s music is leaps and bounds ahead of most other styles of music in both its complexity and intricate melody. The skill of each musician, while being immediately apparent on any song, is exemplified by each instrument’s solo track, revealing the inherent nature of the instruments, two of which are native to the traditional music that is being played. Listening to the bağlama solo is a moving experience; with a faint hum in the background, Tunçbilek gives a performance that is simply breathtaking. The way he trails off into silence with frantically bended notes is alarmingly eerie, and the entire piece has a peculiar brooding feel to it. Nevertheless, it remains one of the album’s highlights, if such a term could be used regarding such a fulfilling piece of music. Moreover, as much as Taksim Trio tingles my musical palate with the forcefulness of its melodies, it’s actually in the album’s more subtle musical nuances where its strength lies. The way it seamlessly transitions between the album’s aforementioned styles, or how one instrument picks up a musical line where another left off with absolutely no dent in its fluidity is remarkable. Along with this, Taksim Trio’s delicate nods towards more commonly known traditional melodies give the album a very interesting vibe. On certain tracks, such as ‘Belalim’, the familiarity of the music will ring personal bells in a listener acquainted with Turkish music, furthering Taksim Trio’s grounding in its fusion of styles.

I’m left with no qualms concerning the statement that began the review, and am again completely confident with the one which will close it – Taksim Trio is a musical opus, not only in its perfect union of Eastern and Western styles of music, not only in the three musician’s extraordinary musical capabilities, but also in the way the album flows, almost slowing time to a crawl. Listening to Taksim Trio is an otherworldly experience, its ambient features coming together with the mystical aura associated with traditional Middle Eastern music. Regardless of what musical grounding a listener has, it is simply on the shoulders of the album’s beauty and composition that its emotional fragility can be understood. It is an album in which one can really lose themselves, flailing in the music’s completely overwhelming magnificence; an album that removes you from wherever you are and places you somewhere completely unique, in between the musical lines.



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rasputin
January 7th 2009



14512 Comments


Wrote this up in a state of complete exhaustion, will go through for mistakes now.

Willie
Moderator
January 7th 2009



15875 Comments


Well, I'm reading it in a state of complete exhaustion and it seems alright to me. I'm going to try to find this.

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

rasputin
January 7th 2009



14512 Comments


You shouldn't have too much trouble, it's relatively popular in its genre (or so I think).

jingledeath
January 7th 2009



7104 Comments


wow I just read this in a state of complete exhaustion as well.
although I wouldn't have given this much interest, review has gotten me intrigued.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
January 7th 2009



7956 Comments


I am pretty well rested, but great review nonetheless. As always, hats off to you Ras.

charlesfishowitz
January 7th 2009



1794 Comments


Rasp, I do enthusiastically applaude your glorious command of the English language, and bask in the revelry of your in depth evaluation. Refreshing, to say the least. Thank you for a good read.

rasputin
January 7th 2009



14512 Comments


You are too kind.
I knew this would be completely ignored. Thanks for the comments guys.

charlesfishowitz
January 7th 2009



1794 Comments


album is too fresh fo the masses

[quote=rasputin]frantically bended notes[/quote]


i believe its "bendy"... that's what you should use instead.

Zoo
January 7th 2009



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm downloading this now.

TricksterGRex
January 7th 2009



2087 Comments


Holy shit this rules. Awesome review.

rasputin
January 7th 2009



14512 Comments



i believe its "bendy"... that's what you should use instead.

no way faggot
I'm downloading this now.

You'll love it man
Holy **** this rules. Awesome review.

Cheers mate

SnackaryBinx
January 8th 2009



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

from what i'm hearing right now this is at lowest a 4, easily a 4.5 and quite possible a 5. some really amazing shit on here.

rasputin
January 8th 2009



14512 Comments


Yeah, it's an extraordinary album.

rasputin
January 9th 2009



14512 Comments


Bumping this shit.

Willie
Moderator
January 9th 2009



15875 Comments


I'm going to track this down this weekend, thanks for reminding me.

rasputin
January 9th 2009



14512 Comments


No worries, I really want more people to listen to this. It's not the sort of thing a lot of people would initially go for, but this has such appeal that I think literally anybody could make a connection to it.

TricksterGRex
January 9th 2009



2087 Comments


More people need to listen to this.

rasputin
January 9th 2009



14512 Comments


He speaks truth!

TricksterGRex
January 9th 2009



2087 Comments


Stuck between 4.5 and 5 at the moment. It's just so goddamn good!

rasputin
January 10th 2009



14512 Comments


I think it's rather comfortably a 5, but that's me.



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