“Short Tales Of Winter” is the debut release from Turkish violinist Damla Bozkurt, who works under the moniker DMLLL.
Self written, performed, recorded and mixed, Damla cites direct inspiration from dark fables with a moral, from classic folk lore to the writings of Hans Christian Andersen. The compositions are based largely on arrangements for violin ensemble, with additional bass and piano on the pieces “Drown” and “Although” respectively. There is a heavy emphasis on dynamic and harmony, and a fine balance between space and explosive virtuosity. This work represents a deep understanding of discipline as well as emotive performance, and the results are a breath taking collection that presents a musical maturity that is well beyond her years
Per Damla-- "These songs are inspired by the dark sides of some fairy tales. When we were children, we all wished the world to be like the tales, but our world is not like we desired. I wish for a better future, and peace for all the children. This album is dedicated to the children who have to work from such young ages, and die from the cruelty of the world."
Damla has pledged that all artist proceeds from this release will be donated to Umut Cocuklari Dernegi, an association in Turkey whose mission is to directly support children’s health and welfare, with a focus on the homeless and most vulnerable.
All music composed, performed, recorded and mixed by
Mastering: Douglas Kallmeyer
Photo credit: Ogeday Dikmen
CD Layout: Monica Stroik
Thanks a lot to my brother, Arda Bozkurt, and my mom, Mujgan Bozkurt, for always patiently being with me, thanks to my friend Deniz Ozdemir for the awesome winter tales idea, Thanks to Cenk Sanlioglu, Serkan Koseoglu, Deniz Beydili, Mustafa Kucuk, Ozgur Gesli, Burcu Koken, Can Alaosman, and all my friends for moral and material support. Thanks to Ogeday Dikmen, Yasemin Kurttekin, Bengi Nur Kilim, Atacan Aydin, Fatmanur Akyol, Derya Kandaz for the cover photos. Thanks to Monica Stroik for the CD art and layout. Thanks to Multiple Minds, Deniz Ozdemir, Burak Senbak, Dilek Iyigun, and Safak Akyol for the video support. And big thanks to my mentors Dave Harris and Douglas Kallmeyer for teaching, encouraging and trusting me to make this release.
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