Recorded in September 2019 at St Pancrace Church in Dangolsheim, France over the course of a three-day residency curated by inventor and musician Léo Maurel, "Health To Your Hands" is Merve Salgar and Ross Heselton's first collection of recordings as a an improvised and traditional music duo for tanbur, voices and guitar.
Drawing on their different influences and backgrounds to weave their repertoire, the album ties paths between the blues and the folk music and poetry of Ireland and Britain and those of the Ottoman Empire: here threading together the taksim of the tanbur with the cry of the bottleneck slide guitar, there drumming the words of Dylan Thomas to the rhythm of the tef, or yet making resonances between the the songs of Turkish troubadour Aşık Veysel and traditional Irish folk ballads.
Playing with an sensitivity to improvisation and a shared attention to silence and space, the instruments call, respond and entangle, disappearing into drones to make ground for one another, or singing in unison to become one.
released March 20, 2020
Merve Salgar: tanbur, voice, tef
Ross Heselton: dreadnought and resonator guitars, voice, recording
Tracks 1, 4 & 8, improvisations; Track 2,music by Mesut Cemil, words by Nazım Hikmet Ran; Track 3, traditional Irish folk song (this version is based on Anne Briggs' interpretation); Track 5, words and music by Aşık Veysel; Track 6, words by Dylan Thomas; Track 7, music by Davy Graham
Recorded in September 2019 at Eglise St Pancrace, Dangolsheim, France; Recording residency hosted by Léo Maurel; Artwork by Léonie Risjeterre; Mixed and mastered at Mount Analog Studio, Strasbourg by Ross Heselton & Merve Salgar, in December 2019
Released with Soleils Bleus, March 2020 • SB021
Thanks to Léo Maurel !
Merve Salgar: mervesalgar.com
Ross Heselton: cargocollective.com/rossheselton
A playlist of some of the music that inspired the album: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtbwQla-33x7WPwKx4abdOCSY9K1jLfLQ