From mysterious Sufi devotional love songs and Arabic verses to Turkish folk tunes and rousing Thracian dance music, each of the four members of Turkwaz bring their own distinct vocals, instruments and unique cultural experiences. The love and respect they have for the traditions they draw from are clear, but they are not afraid to arrange songs in new and unexpected ways to give them a fresh spin.
Turkwaz is a unique combination of four musicians and singers, each bringing to the table diverse traditions from mysterious Sufi devotional love songs and rousing Thracian dance music. Maryem Hassan Tollar draws on her Arabic language heritage, Jayne Brown and Sophia Grigoriadis bring their experience with Greek music to the mix and Brenna MacCrimmon adds her Turkish fascination.
They have a long-standing collective interest in Balkan traditions and add Albanian, Bulgarian and Macedonian into their repertoire. The love and respect they have for the traditions they draw from are clear, but they are not afraid to arrange the songs in new and unexpected ways to give them a fresh spin.
Dates & Times
Maryem Tollar – Vocals, Qanun, Riqq, Daff
Brenna Maccrimmon – Vocals, Tambura, Ukulele, Zills, Frame Drum
Jayne Brown – Vocals, Dumbek, Frame Drum
Sophia Grigoriadis – Vocals, Tambura, Dumbek, Frame Drum
Between Lower Spadina and Dan Leckie Way