Press Quotes

“Turkwaz are a revelation – whether they are making you dance or making you long for loves lost, the music is of the highest calibre, played deftly and with spirit and joy. Though the songs are in languages I don’t speak, the artistry of the band members is such that the sense of the lyrics come through. What a performance!”
– Candace Shaw, Shelter Valley Festival

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“Turkwaz impressed a sold-out crowd at the Small World Centre. Rousing voices and rhythms from Toronto’s finest world music artists.”
– Alan Davis, Small World Music

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“If you know Maza Meze or Karsilama, you will love Turkwaz. Four exquisite voices drawing upon a world of talent.”
– Derek Andrews, Luminato Festival/Mundial Montreal

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“In their concert at the lovely Aga Khan hall, the four women of Turkwaz brought their distinctive, strong voices and harmonies right out to the front of the stage. Yes, they play exotic instruments beautifully, but their primary focus is singing, full-on, and beautiful presentation of the cultural material they sing. The instruments they play were used for lively and clear accompaniment, but it was their voices that filled the hall with gorgeous, meaningful sound.”
– Alan Gasser, Artistic Co-Director, Echo Women’s Choir

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“The naturalness of the vocal work made one feel as if you were sisters – the blending felt familial in a way that seamlessly knit together the diverse traditions that were brought together in the material that was performed. I was very moved.”
– Amirali Alibhai, Aga Khan Museum

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“Turkwaz was a fantastic addition to our line up at Shleter Valley Folk Festival 2015. Their harmonies were spellbinding and their stories resonated with many. In fact, they were one of the groups most often listed as a ‘best surprise discovery at SVFF’ when reading through our post-festival surveys.”
– Lesley Marie Boileau, Artistic Director, Shelter Valley Folk Festival

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