The Brooklyn-based trio Dolunay (Turkish for “full moon”) is pleased to announce the release of their debut album. Playing traditional Turkish and Rumeli songs and original instrumental compositions, Our House features songs of obscurity, rarely heard since the long-lost days of 78-rpm records. While Dolunay pays tribute to the cosmopolitanism of the Ottoman Balkans, the ensemble also captures the intimacy of the region’s timeless songs and melodies while adding its own flair through orchestration with different instruments, changing meters and translating lyrics. These are songs about people’s homes, their families and lovers, their villages, overcoming life’s familiar challenges—the everyday things that create a sense of identity against the backdrop of history and the sweep of the mountains.
Dolunay is: Jenny Luna – vocals/percussion, Adam Good – ud, and Eylem Basaldi – violin. The album features guest percussionists Polly Tapia Ferber and Jerry Kisslinger.