Gaye Su Akyol

»A world in which everyone is free to live the life they want«

Before her Elbphilharmonie debut, Gaye Su Akyol talks about her vision and the things that inspire her..

»After all this time, we have such a longing to dance. That’s why I’m currently writing a lot of music you can dance to!«, explains Gaye Su Akyol. The young musician is one of Turkey’s most interesting and refreshing artistic voices. After her concert at Knust 2019, she and her band now make their debut on the Elbe as part of »Elbphilharmonie Summer«. »It is so exciting to perform in a hall where everything can be heard so clearly. There’s an even greater focus on the music«, says the singer.

In a Zoom interview with the Elbphilharmonie’s Cathérine Dörücü, she talks about her new album and about her desire to see an open and tolerant world. To finally be able to stand on stage again after the lockdown makes her incredibly happy, and shows what’s really important to her: »A lot of things suddenly became more valuable to us again, we were able to enjoy them more.«

On 24 August, Gaye Su Akyol presents her new album »Rebellion Manifesto« in the Elbphilharmonie.

Gaye Su Akyol’s cosmopolitan sound blends post-punk and psychedelic surf-rock with Middle Eastern folk. It’s impossible to resist the power of her voice. After originally training as a painter, the singer from Istanbul’s hip Kadiköy quarter won a global following with her thrilling live shows and avant-garde music videos.

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