Mavi Güneş 69 (TR)
Mavi Güneş 69: a band formed by Osman Murat Ertel, a multi instrumentalist mainly focusing on electric saz and also frontman and co-founder of Istanbul’s cult psychedelic folk band BaBa ZuLa, together with his partner Esma Ertel, songwriter, singer, bendir player and dancer. Mavi Güneş 69 blends ancient folk tales, theremin dances and words of wisdom with electronics and psychedelia. Their sons Arel and Eren Devran Ertel often accompany them on vocals,dancing and instruments completing the family band.
Mavi Güneş, meaning blue sun, was the very first band Murat Ertel formed when he was 5 years old. Growing up in a family that practiced the Bektashism, an islamic sufi tradition that put spirituality and mysticism in the forefront, Esma Ertel assimilated into folk music and dance, sufi rituals, poetry and myths embracing the rich cultural heritage of Anatolia.
When the two creative minds met, the inevitable force of mutual passion and heritage blessed them to join forces and make the ‘blue sun’ rise. Inspired by Hacivat ve Karagöz, a traditional Turkish shadow theatre, originating from Anatolia, Mavi Güneş 69 often performs behind a curtain, using theatre, visuals and dance to support their mythical vision “we rise in different parts of the planet, our songs are from now to future, and our story is from our ancestors to forever.”