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Seyir Trio

Driven by a common passion for Turkish Ottoman music, Tristan Driessens, Ruben Tenenbaum and Simon Leleux had a rigorous musical training allowing them to travel through the east Mediterranean to meet their masters and fellow musicians. When Seyir Trio was created in 2016, it was originally designed to be a reduced formation of the Lâmekân Ensemble. However, the trio’s identity was soon revealed thanks to the strong human and musical affinities these musicians share when performing together. Displaying their understanding of music and aesthetics with a modern approach, they express both freedom and deep respect towards the music which has been transmitted to them. Every instrument – violin, oud and doholla (bass derbouka) – is played with soloistic flair, enhancing both rhythm and melody. With unbridled surrender, virtuosity as well as a touch of humor, Seyir reveals a rather remarkable story: three restless companions who found their way through the labyrinths of a foreign musical idiom.

The press about Seyir Trio’s first album

“A phenomenally beautiful album, in which rhythm, melody, solo and harmony all come together perfectly.” Moorsmagazine.

“They know how to combine virtuosity with immersive, exciting beauty. in every way a world class album!” De Subjectivisten.

“One can hear they have deep respect for the multicolored ottoman tradition” Vrije Geluiden.

“A true pleasure to listen to and at the same time a fresh, heart-warming ode to this extraordinary oriental music. Listen tip for the more adventurous listeners.” Written in Music.

“An extremely fascinating album.” Rootstime.

“intimate and virtuoso music in which each instrumentalist takes the lead in turn.” Marc Vandemoortele.

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