Lisle Ellis: acoustic bass
Larry Ochs: sopranino, tenor saxophones
Donald Robinson: drums
Saadet Türköz: vocals
About What We Live:
What We Live is a San Francisco based jazz/ improvised music group formed by bassist/composer Lisle Ellis in 1994. The three regular members are Lisle Ellis: acoustic bass; Lawrence Ochs, tenor and sopranino saxophones; Don Robinson, drums and percussion. The ensemble's formation was inspired by and a direct result of Ellis' work with Ochs and Robinson within the context of The Glenn Spearman Double Trio, which performed and recorded from 1991 until the leader's death in 1998. Ellis' initial vision was to bring together a small group of musicians to investigate concepts central to the tradition of jazz-based improvisation swing, song form, modalities, etc - in a less explicit manner than the mainstream but in a more emphatically traditional way than offered by the practice of free jazz. Over a period of time the concept of the trio evolved more towards a collective situation rather than being solely the vision of an individual musician. A group voice or sound has emerged that is immediately recognizable. Their resumes include time spent with Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley, ROVA, Fred Frith, Terry Riley, Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, John Tchicai and a virtual whos who of improvised/creative music.
About Saadet Türköz:
Saadet Türköz was born in Istanbul in 1961. Due to the political pressures of the Chinese government upon the Turk people in East Turkestan, her parents fled to Istanbul where they settled as Kazakh refugees. They transmitted to her the rich oral and musical traditions of Central Asia. As a child, living in Istanbul, Saadet was fascinated by the Arabic language and the melodious texts of the Koran which gave her the first opportunity to deliberately improvise without paying attention to sense and correctness.
At 20 years of age, she left Istanbul for Switzerland, where she experienced an exciting new world of music: free jazz, improvisation and a refreshing openness towards experimentation that paralleled her unbiased approach to the musical traditions of her origins.
In her performances of Kazakh and Turkish songs, she is looking to transform memory. She seeks to evoke pictures and atmosphere by means of voice and music, which transcends cultural boundaries. Memory is everywhere and every time the same - not changeable - but the expression is different: Individual perception develops a universal impression of the cultural life.
WHAT WE LIVE:
Quintet For A Day (New World Records 1998)
What We Live/ Four (Black Saint 1994)
Never Was (Black Saint 1994)
Urumchi (Intakt Records 2005)
Mamara Sea (Intakt Records 1999)
Kara Toprak (Amori Records 1994)
RAISE UP AN OCEAN
ARVAK (THE SPIRIT)
NATIVE GIRL WITH BIG EARS
What We Live website
Saadet Türköz website