Thu, January 11th

APAP Showcase Presents: ASEFA, Joe Kye and Demir Demirkan

pop rock singer-songwriter Turkish world music TICKETS

Doors 6:30PM
Show 7:00PM
Advance Price Free
Door Price Free

Advanced online ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of show
If available, more tickets are available at door

APAP Showcase:

7pm - 7:40pm - ASEFA
8pm - 8:40pm - Joe Kye
9pm - 9:40pm - Demir Demirkan

7pm - 7:40pm - ASEFA

ASEFA (n., gathering) traverses the rich and rooted confluences of Hebraic and Islamic musical traditions, interweaving North African and Middle Eastern styles together on one stage. Multi-instrumentalist and ethnomusicologist Samuel Torjman Thomas, Ph.D, leads the ensemble through a repertoire of classical and modern Arabic, Hebrew, Ladino, and Spanish songs. Serpentine vocals, lush oud, haunting violin, breathy nay, resonant bass, and riveting percussion characterize their sound.

Joe Kye

Born in Korea and raised in Seattle, singer/composer/violinist- looper Joe Kye has drawn rave reviews since launching his music career in 2013, "discharging world[s] of emotion" and delivering "divine messages" with his lush string loops and eclectic style (Guitar World). Drawing upon his migrant upbringing, Kye blends indie-rock, jazz, classical, pop, and world folk to create a unique sound that "leaves everyone in awe" (Sacramento News and Review). With his innovative use of digital effects and looping, Kye weaves together diverse textures, catchy melodies, and rich, sweet vocals to create soundscapes that groove, uplift, and empower listeners: "A single mesmerizing symphony" (Sacramento Bee). 
Following the release of his acclaimed 2015 EP, Joseph in the Well, Kye has toured the United States with recent performances opening for world-renown cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Senator Bernie Sanders, along with a nationally broadcast performance on NPR's Science Friday. Previous collaborations include the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, the Sacramento Ballet, Alvin Ailey Composer/Percussionist William Catanzaro, original Wailer Devon Evans, and LA hip-hop artist Jason Chu. Kye has performed in venues like Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Community Center Theater (TEDx Sacramento), NAMM MainStage (Anaheim), the Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC), and the White House. Kye is a Fishman and Neunaber Audio Effects sponsored artist. 
Joe Kye is currently planning and booking a Full US Tour, plus Touring Stints in Nepal, Israel, South Korea, Japan, China, and More, and is working on his new album, Migrants, slated for release in January 2018.


Demir Demirkan (9:00 - 9:40)

Demir Demirkan has been known as a musical trailblazer in his native Turkey where his works have reshaped the changing music scene in the country. He is an award-winning singer / songwriter, guitar player, producer and film composer.

Demirkan has recently relocated to New York City and he is working on his first solo US album release entitled “WAR III”. After his incredible success as the lead guitarist of the first Turkish hard-rock and heavy metal band Pentagram in the early '90s, which garnered enough popularity in Turkey to be heralded as a pioneer of the genre. Two years later, he was accepted to the famed Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles, studying music theory. He joined a band in Anaheim and, played regular gigs in L.A., further polishing his onstage presence. Demirkan went on to writing, arranging, producing and playing guitar for other major singers and bands in Turkey including, but not limited to Sertab Erener, Sebnem Ferah, Sezen Aksu and Model. These works represented a turning point for the Turkish market while redefining “Turkish rock music.” Turkish record labels, meanwhile, recognized that Demirkan had fueled a stylistic revolution with both Ferah and Erener—advancing the nation’s popular music scene past decades of traditional folk.

In 2000, Demirkan’s career spiked again when he had an offer to record a solo project for Sony. The album was truly a one-man show: He played all instruments, wrote, arranged, produced and sang vocals. In 2002, he followed with the solo album “Dunya Benim.” Demirkan wrote and composed the hit song "Every Way That I Can" which won him the prestigious Eurovision song contest in 2003 as a songwriter and solidified his rock star status in Turkey. It was Turkey’s first win ever, and the song reached No. 1 in Turkey, Sweden, Greece and the top 10 in Belgium, Austria, Spain, and the U.K. Top 75, selling 400,000 copies. With both Demir’s and Sertab’s careers soaring, they formed their own record label, Simya Muzik, under which Demirkan released a third solo album that reflected his musical roots, with gritty guitars and a hard rock template. “2004 Istanbul” was ultimately released in 11 countries. In 2007, he released fourth album “Ates Yagmurunda Cirilciplak,” and recently, “Yolun Yarisi,” both on Simya. Demirkan’s 5th album, “Ates Yagmurunda Cirilciplak” was released in 2007, and his 6th album “Yolun Yarisi” in 2009.

In recent years, in addition to his successful solo career as a singer/guitarist, he formed the band Painted on Water, touring both the USA and Europe, and collaborating with other world renowned musicians including Dave Weckl, Trilok Gurtu, Alan Pasqua, Al Dimeola and Kai Eckhart. For the last decade, Demirkan has also been composing orchestral music for numerous hit TV series and films (including Gallipoli, Devrim Arabalari /"Cars of The Revolution", Zenne Dancer, Kayip Sehir, and Gunesi Beklerken) which have all won him numerous awards at film festivals and awards ceremonies. As a result of his
work on the film Gallipoli, Demirkan was invited by The Gallipoli Symphony to take part in composing an epic symphony in Australia, telling the story of the Gallipoli campaign through music. Demirkan recently won the "Best Rock Musician" award at the prestigious Bogazici University Radio and TV Awards. The recently produced film, "The Glass" which blends the visuals of master glass artists creating glass via different techniques and Demirkan’s descriptive and full bodied musical film score, is his directorial film debut.