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‘We were like a perfect match on a date’: Grup Şimşek’s multicultural musical magic | Music

The first time singer Derya Yıldırım met keyboarder Axel Oliveres and bassist Antonin Le Gargasson, she was sceptical: “I wasn’t sure if these guys were maybe just taking the piss.” They were two French hipsters living in east London; she was the classically trained daughter of Turkish parents living in the migrant-rich Hamburg district of Veddel. All three were a long way from Anatolia, the traditional folk music of which they’d been commissioned to reinterpret for a 2014 Hamburg arts festival.

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