VENUES PLAYED in Philadelphia:
1. Painted Bride
2. Tin Angel
3. The Blockley
4. The Legendary Dobb's
5. Hard Rock Cafe
6. World Cafe Live
7. Ruba Club
8. St Maron's Hall
9. The Mermaid Inn
11. N.3rd Bar
12. WELLS FARGO CENTER
VENUES PLAYED outside Philadelphia:
1. Mehanata (New York City, NY)
2. Cin-M-Art (New York City, NY)
3. UC Lounge (New York City , NY)
4. Nublu (New York City , NY)
5. Drom (New York City, NY)
1. Philadelphia Turkish Festival (2008, Philly PA)
2. Italian Market Festival (2008, Philly PA)
3. Turk's Head Festival (2009 West Chester PA)
4. Philadelphia Turkish Festival (2010 , Philly PA)
5. Restaurant Festival (2012 West Chester, PA)
6. Turk's Head Fetsival (2012 West Chester PA)
7. Penn Museum Summer Concert Series (2010,11,12, Philadelphia, PA)
1. Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
2. Temple University Philadelphia, PA
3. UPenn Philadelphia, PA
TELEVISION in the US
1. PCAM Connie's Catch Show
2. Turkish- American Hour
1. Radyo Turkum (NY)
2. Rutgers University Radio (NJ)
3. 93.3 WMMR (Philadelphia, PA)
4. 91.0 WRTI (Philadelphia, PA)
5. Acik Radyo (Istanbul, Turkey)
6. Radyo D (Istanbul, Turkey)
7. Rock FM (Istanbul, Turkey)
8. KUSF (San Francisco ,CA)
4. Maksimum Rock
Barakka was founded by Istanbul native Barış Kaya in 2003, and slowly grew from a collection of personal, original songs he began recording in Philadelphia studios with various local musicians he met over time. While playing folk and traditional Turkish music in the area, he had already developed a great rapport with Roger Mgrdichian (oud) and Joseph Tayoun (darbuka). The Barakka project continued evolving in the studio for a few years, involving various session musicians and took on momentum with the involvement of former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza, who recorded on early versions of the anti-war anthem Ağıt.
Early live appearances generated even more interest, as the group found enthusiastic support from not only local middle eastern and Turkish communities (Barış sings predominantly in Turkish) but from American rock and world music fans as well. Eventually, the group that took shape included keyboardist William Tayoun, middle east music veteran Chris Marashlian on bass, and drummer/world percussionist Jim Hamilton. Special guest on the CD is drummer Engin Kaan Gunaydın from the amazing New York Gypsy All-Stars. The songs for Uzaklardan were all expertly recorded by Jim at his own studio, Rittenhouse Soundworks, a longtime home of creative world music projects in the Philadelphia area. Mixing was done by Grammy winner Tim Sonnefeld of Milkboy, with mastering by Grammy winner Evren Göknar of Capitol Records Mastering.
While personal and at times intense, the themes of Barış'songs are easily related by anyone listening to the feeling in his voice and the emotions in the music. The title of the CD, Uzaklardan, means "far away" or "from a distance" which is a reminder of Barış' roots in Turkey, as well as the general mood of distance, loss, and longing which run through these songs. The cover image of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge reinforces the spirit of connecting over a distance; not only do some of the band members hail from New Jersey, but bridges are beloved symbols in Turkey as well. The band and its music bridge cultures of East and West, as do some of the bridges of Istanbul.
The band celebrated the completion of their CD with a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund production of their first music video for Ağıt. In 2013 the group was honored to open for seminal Turkish rockers Moğollar in their first-ever US concert and also had the good fortune to open twice for Yeni Türkü, both in New York and Philadelphia.
The Uzaklardan CD features:
Barış Kaya: guitars & vocals; Roger Mgrdichian: oud, cümbüş, cura bağlama; William Tayoun: keyboards, piano; Chris Marashlian: bass; Joseph Tayoun: darbuka, percussion; Jim Hamilton: drums, percussion; Engin Kaan Gunaydın:
drums; Hoagy Wing: drum.
Live performance lineup consists of
Barış Kaya: guitars & vocals; Roger Mgrdichian: electric oud, William Tayoun: keyboards; Jay Mintz: bass; Joseph Tayoun: darbuka, percussion; Jim Hamilton: drums, percussion.