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WONDERLAND feat. H​ü​snü Şenlendirici - Terasta (with Alp Ers​ö​nmez, Volkan Öktem, İzzet K​ı​z​ı​l)

by Ilhan Ersahin



Back in 2013, New York based Istanbuler Ilhan Ersahin (tenor saxophone) and clarinet virtuosi Hüsnü Şenlendirici got together once again with their master level musician friends Alp Ersönmez (bass), Volkan Öktem (drums), Izzet Kızıl (percussion) and performed 4 songs for a warm, friendly live session at their two favorite spots in Istanbul: terrace of Yakup 2 Restaurant (where they used to have their memorable dinners before concerts at the city’s legendary club Babylon); and terrace of Büyük Londra Otel (which we can call "Ersahin’s home in Istanbul", with its authentic spirit and beautiful view). Since then the videos reached a wide interest on Youtube. As we all are globally locked down homes, the band got back to the tapes, cleaned the mixes and invites you now to these beautiful terraces for some fresh air.

Wonderland is the openhearted and vigilant reflection and expression of İlhan Erşahin on his ties with Istanbul. Saxophone, bass, drums and keyboards as jazz’ integral objects and Turkish music’s milestones kanun, darbuka and clarinet are cleverly unified in the rather softened digital milieu of Wonderland. The outcome is universal, pensive and provoking, futuristic, eclectic, but mostly, elegant. Wonderland, recorded two studio albums: their self-titled release featured the unconventional voices of new generation Istanbul vocalists like Nil Karaibrahimgil, Bora Uzar and Lara Di Lara (that all now are established singers in Turkish pop and alternative scenes), that complete this magical togetherness. Their second album “The Other Side” had a wider vision and featured international special guests as Jane Birkin, Gilberto Gil and Seyyal Taner.


released May 1, 2020

Ilhan Ersahin - tenor sax & wurlitzer
Hüsnü Şenlendirici - clarinet
Alp Ersönmez - bass
Volkan Öktem - drums
İzzet Kızıl - percussion
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Recording : Yiğit Yemez
Mix: Yury Kalil
Mastering: Dave McNair

special thanks to Levent Sevi, Asena Bulduk, Yakup 2 Restaurant and Azimet at Büyük Londra Oteli...


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Ilhan Ersahin New York, New York

In the most simple and direct terms, Ilhan Ersahin can be described as a saxophone instrumentalist, composer, music producer, club owner, jazz festival curator, and proprietor of his own record label. Broad as that may sound, it does little to explain who Ersahin truly is and what defines him as a musician. ... more

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