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Middle Eastern band Turkwaz is a unique combination of four musician/singers, immersed in diverse traditions from mysterious Sufi devotional love songs, to rousing Thracian dance music. Each performer brings a special flavour to the group. 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 fascination for all things Turkish. While the Toronto-based players are united by their love and respect for Balkan traditions, they aren’t afraid to arrange tunes in new and unexpected ways to give them a fresh spin. Veteran programmer Derek Andrews (Luminato/Mundial Montreal) says, “If you know Maza Meze or Karsilama, you will love Turkwaz. Four exquisite voices drawing upon a world of talent.”

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