Led by Derya Yıldırım’s hypnotizing Saz and vocals, Grup Şimşek deliver their own interpretation of Turkish jewels, but also draw their originality from beautiful compositions and a fantastic ability in improvising. A truly unique musical experience within the scope of today's music scene.
Born in 2014, Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek is an "outernational" band with members hailing from four different countries – Turkey, Germany, UK, France. The line-up: DERYA YILDIRIM, talented Turkish singer and multi-instrumentist; 2 musicians from London/France-based collective Catapulte Records (GRAHAM MUSHNIK and ANTONIN VOYANT from l’Orchestre du Montplaisant); and GRETA EACOTT, British composer and percussionist (G-Bop Orchestra, One Take Records). The 4 musicians met thanks to music antropologist, DJ and friend Sebastian “Booty” Carrell (Bmusic), who was musical coordinator for the New Hamburg festival – where the group performed live for the first time. When the Hamburg project came to an end, they were sure of one thing: the band must live on!
Following the release of Nem Kaldı, the band toured Europe, from small clubs to prestigious festival stages – over 60 shows in 10 countries.