Cevdet Erek (TR)

The title refers to the instrument performed by Erek, a large drum with many names, common from Eastern Europe to the Middle East, known variably as a daouli (Greek), tapan (Macedonian), dahol (Kurdish), or tabla (Arabic) to cite a few. Erek plays the drum with his own unusual method, utilising a large soft mallet alongside various smaller implements to beat and distort the skin of the drum, tuned lower than normal, taking advantage of being able to walk around space with the instrument. At times Erek describes “playing to get the negative and aggressive away from inside of me, hoping that I could do the same for the other people surrounding me”. He refers to a shamanic history of healing rituals – although the davul is most commonly used for weddings, dances and celebrations. “Of course the aesthetics of dark electronics and noise that I’ve been exposed to for decades informs the overall feel as well”, adds Erek.