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Aynur, HEDR - Solace Of Time, Contemporary Kurdish Folk Music with one of the richest voices of our times

Aynur is one of the most prominent Kurdish singers of our times. Her impressive voice and extraordinary musical narration represent the Kurdish music heritage of her cultural roots as a global genre. Her unique voice infuses traditional Kurdish folk music with the contemporary sensibility of Western music. On 7th February 2020 Aynur's soulful voice finally meets the audience with the release of her new album 'Hedr'.

Hedr is Aynur's long awaited 7th studio album, it means "consoling oneself, taking solace in time" in Kurdish in her mother tongue. In Aynur's own words the name emphasises the present moment of her musical and spiritual journey. It is "The way of finding inner peace and balancing it; the result of dearth, isolation or even of existence itself."
One of the basis of the underlying themes of the album, "taking solace in time" is without a doubt a reflection of hardships, injustice and the mass misery being experienced in her homeland Turkey.

'Hedr' withholds many first achievements in Aynur's career, including her first experiences as an arranger, composer, and producer throughout her musical journey. Working with German Jazz pianist Franz Von Chossy, Aynur blends traditional music of her Kurdish roots with Jazz elements, creating a contemporary sense of Kurdish music in "Hedr", carrying the ancient Kurdish music tradition into the present. The album presents her own new compositions as well as traditional songs from the archive of Huseyin Erdem, Kurdish writer and initiator of the Kurdish PEN Center. As a special surprise to her audience, Aynur plays Tembur for the first time in a recording, accompanying her own composition Hedr.

Hedr Tour Dates
Feb 1, Hannover Opera Sold Out
Feb 25, Istanbul Sold Out
Feb 26, Istanbul Sold Out
Feb 28, Ankara Sold Out
Feb 29, Mersin YKM
Mar 1, Adana 01 PGM
Mar 3, Urfa City AWM
Mar 4, Diyarbakir KKM
Mar 5, Mardin YAY
Mar 8, Istanbul SKM
Apr 13, Bursa Merinos KM
Apr 15, Izmir Suat Taser KM
Apr 16 Istanbul BGM
Apr 30, Drammen NO
May 30, De Doelen, Rotterdam NL
May 31, Muziekgebauw Eindhoven, NL
Jun 13, Arnheim, NL
Jun 17, Lillie Opera, FR
Jun 26, Nostos Festival, Athens, GR
July 2, Ravenna Festival, IT
July 3, Ravenna Festival, IT
July 24, Montpelier Opera, FR
Aug16, Mela Oslo, NO
Sep 26, Muziekgeabouw Amsterdam, NL
Jan 28, 2021 Klner Philharmonie, DE
May, 7 2021 Carnegie Hall NY, USA

Aynur's success allowed her to collaborate in fellowship with a wide range of acclaimed artists including world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Kayhan Kalhor, Javier Limn, Kinan Azmeh, the Nederland Blazers Ensemble, the NDR Big Band and many more. She appears in one of the most remarkable scenes of Fatih Akın's documentary " Crossing the Bridge / The Sound of Istanbul " and is part of Morgan Neville's documentary about Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, "The Music of Strangers".

In 2017 Aynur received the "Master of Mediterranean Music" Award in the category of "Mediterranean Women in Action" from the Berklee Mediterranean Music Institute. This award recognised Aynur's efforts to preserve and reinterpret Kurdish folk music, which has transformed her into an influential role model for other women artists on the Mediterranean music scene who are seeking to share their voices.
The long awaited album Hedr not only represents a musical return, but also an emotional one as it will mark a heartful 'homecoming' for the artist with a tour to Turkey after five years.

Like only exceptional artists do, Aynur is reaching listeners in all generations, she is connecting the young generation with the roots of Kurdish music, combining treasures of the past with a musical language of today. Hedr is a perfect example for her art.

She is a reason to love live music for centuries." Javier Limon

To hear Aynur's voice is to hear the transformation of all the layers of human joy and suffering into one sound. It reaches so deep into our soul, tears into our hearts, and then we are for one moment, joined as one. It is unforgettable.
Yo-Yo Ma



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