Olcay Bayır’s new album: Dream of a good world put into words

Olcay Bayir is setting out on a journey from Anatolia by her new album ‘Rüya’ (Dream). In Rüya where she tells the story of peace and love, she brings together the musical heritage of different cultures in a fascinating way.

The new album offers Olcay Bayır’s own compositions for the first time. Olcay, who voices her dream of a better world in Rüya, said the process of producing the album made her feel like a child again and thereby, she was able to express her wish for love and peace innocently.

Love in Olcay Bayır’s music is a dominant theme as in the song ‘Arı Oldum’ (I became a bee). Olcay said “You cannot separate bees and honey, and this metaphor is referred to in the Alawite and Sufi tradition. It is useless when they are separate. Together and in a fertile vineyard, they form something meaningful and very nice. When love is romantic or platonic, it leads to love at a higher level; the divine love.”

The Dream album is the next step in a long journey that began in one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, more than 3,000 kilometers away from cosmopolitan London. The opening song of her new album called ‘Uzun İnce Bir Yoldayım’ (I am on a long narrow road). It is an excerpt from Âşık Veysel Şatıroğlu, one of the most respected Turkish folk poets. Inspired by Şatıroğlu, Olcay reinterpreted the lyrics: “I’m on a long road between two doors. I walk all day long; I walk all night long.” The song shows parallels with Olcay’s journey from birth to afterlife by referring to the metaphor of the Alawites. Classically trained as a soprano, collaborations with musicians from all over the world have enriched Olcay’s music as much as the rich tradition of Kurdish and Turkish folk songs.

This album, edited and produced by Al MacSween and Giuliano Modarelli, bears the musical mark of the world-famous jazz collective Kefaya.

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