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Ten years into a uniquely fascinating career, Bosnian musician Damir Imamović continues to forge innovative approaches to the venerable tradition of sevdah. We are delighted to announce that he will be embarking on a tour in 2019, with a new quartet comprising legendary avant-garde acoustic bassist Greg Cohen (Tom Waits, Ornette Coleman), one of Turkey’s premium classical soloists Derya Türkan (Kudsi Ergüner, Erkan Oğur) and violin player Ivana Djurić, member of Damir’s band Sevdah Takht and one of the most prominent soloists in contemporary sevdah.

The quartet’s repertoire is based on Damir’s decade-long musical journey. It will include a wealth of original material culled from his acclaimed back catalogue, but will also revisit the sevdah classics. Greg Cohen’s long involvement with Eastern European music, and Derya Türkan’s Turkish musical heritage, which has had a profound influence on the music of the Balkans, should push the boundaries of Damir’s work still further.

Damir will be touring Western Europe in May 2019, after the release of his new CD in March, von Wrasse Records.

On Greg Cohen

Greg Cohen (born July 13, 1953) is an American jazz bassist. Best known for his work with John Zorn's Masada quartet; more recently he has been touring with Ornette Coleman, and performed on Coleman's much-praised Sound Grammar album. Cohen has also often played traditional jazz, including work with Ken Peplowski, Kenny Davern, Marty Grosz and the filmmaker/clarinetist Woody Allen. He has worked with many musicians, including Tom Waits, David Byrne, and Elvis Costello. His bass playing credits include work with artists such as Dagmar Krause, David Sanborn, Susana Baca, Laurie Anderson, Willie Nelson, Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Dave Douglas, Tricky, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts, Joey Baron, Bob Dylan, Nina Nastasia, Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull, Odetta, and Antony and the Johnsons.

He has been a regular member of Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band, which used to play every Monday evening at Manhattan's Carlyle Hotel. He appears in the documentary film Wild Man Blues, which documents a 1996 European tour by Allen and his band. Cohen appears in Robert Altman's 1993 film Short Cuts.

Cohen is a bass professor and the head of string department at the Jazz Institute Berlin.


On Derya Türkan

Derya Türkan is a master of classical Turkish kemenche (3-stringed fiddle). He plays improvisational as well as the Ottoman classical music repertoire.

Derya Türkan was born in Istanbul in 1973. He graduated from İhsan Özgen’s violin class at Istanbul Technical University Turkish Music State Conservatory in 1995. In 1990, he was invited as a guest musician to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Istanbul State Turkish Music Ensemble, which was directed by Necdet Yaşar. He performed with the Ensemble for 7 years. In 1991, he entered TRT Istanbul Radio, and became a full employee in 2000. On the Radio, he performed with many great Turkish artists such as Alaadin Yavaşça, Bedri Sıdkı Sezgin, Niyazi Sayın and Erol Deran. Since 1992, Türkan has performed with Kudsi Ergüner group and with Anatolian Group, directed by İhsan Özgen, and given many concerts in Turkey and abroad including in the US, France, Germany, Finland, Italy, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Greece and Israel. In 1996, with Kudsi Ergüner Türkan participated in a concert, which was held by the French President Jacque Chirac at Sorbonne University in Paris on the occasion of the 80th Anniversary of Yehudi Menuhin.

Türkan has played in Kudsi Erguner’s albums such as “Islam Blues”, “Ottomania”, “Osmanlı Davulları”, “La banda Allaturca” and “Tac Mahal”. He has also given many concerts both as a soloist and a member of various groups, and has given seminars and lessons at Harvard University, UC Santa Cruz and MIT. He founded İncesaz group with Cengiz Onursal and Murat Aydemir, and has been one of the members since then. In 2001, Türkan released “Fuad” with Armenian whistle artist Djivan Gasparyan and Erkan Oğur. He is also well-known for collaborating with Renaud Garcia Fons.


On Ivana Đurić

Born in 1984 in Sarajevo, Ivana Đurić is a Bosnian violinist player. She began classical music education when she was 9 and studied violin in Bosnia and France. In her twenties she started to research traditional Bosnian music, sevdah. She became a member of National radio-tv station orchestra, playing there for several years.

She met Damir Imamović as a studio musician. After few years of their musical collaboration and friendship, she joined his band Sevdah takht (2015).

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All Dates

22 Apr
Balkan Trafik
Brussels, Belgium
01 May
St Luke's
London, UK
15 May
Copenhagen, Denmark
26 May
Rijeka, Croatia
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+ In The Press

  • "The new direction in Bosnian sevdah"
  • "Damir Imamović is in a unique position both to reflect upon his musical roots and to guide the genre of sevdah in a new direction."
    Rhythm Passport
  • "A true revolutionary of the genre"
  • "... a new take on Balkan blues"
    The Guardian
  • "The king of sevdah music"
    The Huffington Post