Forabandit - Port

Born 5 years ago, based on a project of fusion between the Occitan troubadours and the aşik Turkish repertoire, Forabandit has become this amazing small creative bubble that shines with assertion when listening to the album “Port”; second album of the trio produced by Full Rhizome, which is being released under the label Buda Musique. The aesthetics of Forabandit has been reinforcing itself – unique and distinguishable. The three musicians - Sam Karpienia (Occitan chanting, mandol), Ulaş Özdemir (Turkish chanting, saz) and Bijan Chemirani (percussions) - now rule over a space of free and spontaneous explorations, a kind of creolized Mediterranean universe from which willingly springs the unexpected. A special melodic color, a structure suddenly broken, a rhythmic or vocal arrangement with a hint of psychedelic-rock…inventions flow in. Having become the author of their own texts, Forabandit puts into verses love and exile to make the ports of Istanbul and Marseille rime, through ten pieces were the lived part and the imaginary part blend, transported by each one of the musicians. And to say that in this poetic universe nothing is totally gained or totally desperate, the music and the words of Forabandit take on a form of reasonable optimism that makes all the majesty and fragility of an autumn sun. The art of semi-shading, of subtlety, that Forabandit explores until the studio by playing with the roughness of the acoustic and the shine of the processing machines. Like the port that it pays tribute to, this second album is a stop, a step in continuity.



Sam Karpienia: Mandocello, vocal

Ulaş Özdemir: Bağlama, vocal

Bijan Chemirani: Zarb, percussion


1. Mum Olduk
2. Dil
3. La Novia Baranê
4. Nemidoonem
5. Tafori
6. Liman
7. Monde Marcha
8. Keywan
9. Gardas
10. Lost


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