Saadet Türköz

Portrait of Saadet Türköz. She is standing in front of a wall ornamented with tiles.
Saadet Türköz: World-renowned vocal artist
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Saadet Türköz

The world-renowned vocal artist

Born in 1961 in Istanbul, Saadet Türköz is a singer, improviser and vocal artist. She has been living in Switzerland for over 40 years and is one of the most prominent figures on the independent music scene in Zurich.

Saadet Türköz has been influenced by the most diverse musical traditions: she assimilated the folk songs of her grandparents, who had to flee Kazakhstan for Turkey, and became interested in the music of India, Central Asia and the Arab cultural area at an early age. In her music, these different traditions meet with the blues, the European and American avant-garde and free jazz.

Saadet Türköz collaborates with musicians from different generations and regions of the world. The album "Kumuska" (2019), for example, was created with the American experimentalist Elliott Sharp in New York. "Urumchi", her 2006 album, was recorded with Kazakh musicians - and named after the capital of the Uyghurs and the hometown of her grandparents. She has enjoyed collaborations with, for example Martin Schütz or the winners of the Swiss Music Prize 2014 and 2021, Julian Sartorius and Nils Wogram. In 2021, she released "We Are Strong" with guitarist Beat Keller. In this album she combines traces of her family history with the experimental sounds of today.

Saadet Türköz's music moves between different cultural spaces and eras. And yet, thanks to her art of improvisation, it is entirely here and now.





Saadet Türköz @ BERLIN SOLO IMPRO 2022 / Day3

MY BOY, MY HORSE, MY DOG starring Saadet Türköz

Saadet Türköz – Thema

Saadet Türköz - Winner of a Swiss Music Prize 2023