Minor Empire Concert TACA (Turkish American Cultural Alliance)

Wed July 17 8pm - TACA presents Chicago Debut of Turkish, Electro Jazz band, MINOR EMPIRE:

“a polished, sophisticated sound...coaxes both Western and Turkish music into a delicious dance that is both fresh and stylishly hip...deeply exotic” - TJ Nelson, World Music Central 

”The ineffable quality of Ozgu’s voice at the center of each song is the jewel from which the band radiates" - P. Corby, Roots Music Canada

“..sound blurs lines between electronic and traditional Turkish music... textured and trippy" -E. Nazareth, CBC Radio One 

Tix $30/$20 (students)

Reception featuring authentic Turkish cuisine at 6pm

07/17/13 - 07/17/13

6p Reception; 8p Concert

TACA presents
"Turkish Roots meets Electro-Jazz"

Wednesday, July 17th, 8pm
$30 $20 (students)

Award-Winning Turkish World Music Ensemble Debuts in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, San Cruz, Calgary and Fort MacLeod

July 17  Chopin Theatre, Chicago, IL

July 18  Drom, New York City, NY

July 19-21  South Country Fair, Fort Macleod, AB

July 25  Yoshi’s, San Francisco, CA

 July 26 Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz, CA

July 26-28  Calgary Folk Festival, AB

            Variously described by reviewers as “trippy”, “dreamy”, “cinematic”, “stylishly hip” and “deeply exotic,” award-winning Turkish world music group Minor Empire has racked up a lengthy list of plaudits for its seamless blend of Turkish traditional music and modern sounds.

Its debut album, Second Nature, earned it a Canadian Folk Music Award for World Group of the Year, an Indie Music Award for Favourite World Artist of the Year and a nomination for the About.com World Music Readers Choice Award.

Now the band is showcasing its captivating blend of ethereal vocals and trancey, trip-hop-inspired arrangements for the first time this summer in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Calgary and Fort MacLeod.


Since releasing their debut album in January of 2011, the band has performed at Luminato, Sunfest, Harbourfront, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, the Hillside Festival and the Arab World Music Festival in Montreal. They’ve earned praises from Exclaim, Songlines, Le Devoir, the George Straight, the Edmonton Journal and the Wholenote – among countless other places – and CBC Radio has described their music as “an important way forward for Turkish and world music in general.”

Minor Empire’s tour is made possible by the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

Minor Empire

Sound Engineer - Rachel Regan

Tags: Music, Old Europe, 2013