Elif Tanverdi is a name that could be unfamiliar to those without their fingers on the pulse of deep house overseas. A relatively new face in the thriving dance culture of her home city of Istanbul, Elif has quickly become a regular selector at top venues both locally and internationally. Fresh from dates at Babylon, Flamme and Klein in Istanbul, as well as Kater Blau in Berlin, Elif is set to deliver her unique blend of synthesized and organic sounds on Thursday the 29th of March at le Salon Daomé.
A review of past sets from Elif reveals a musical taste that is unafraid to experiment with modern sounds, while also displaying an appreciation for more conventional instrumentation. Her style is characterized by raw percussion that creates relentless groove, combined with melody carried by both electronic and acoustic instruments to achieve an atmosphere which highlights her roots in the ancient city of Istanbul in a contemporary fashion.
Energy levels range from relaxed to raging, the way in which Elif moves between the two demonstrating her understanding of the necessity of diversity throughout a set, as well as her technical skill in creating mixes that progress in an exceptionally smooth and gradual way. Vocal presence is kept to a minimum, with Elif preferring to sporadically highlight quality selections rather than oversaturate the listener with a multitude of messages. This decision results in a greater appreciation for what vocals are present in her sets, as they are tastefully presented at all the right moments. Overall, Elif crafts a musical journey that is a wonderful representation of her life experience and artistic ambition.
Opening duties for the evening fall to Noisefloor records founder Andrés Velilla, a champion of local dance culture who has refined his talent behind the decks at the city’s most reputable clubs. A true chameleon, Andrés is known to delve into a wide range of styles during his sets, providing mixes that are defined by depth, melody, and groove, rather than any single genre. This versatility indicates a level of professional skill above and beyond stricter, less fluid styles of mixing, and has cemented Andrés reputation as top local talent. Visual accompaniment will be provided by Jhota, a Daomé regular with extensive experience.
This collection of artists has been assembled by the emerging events promotion brand Floral Nights. Most recently responsible for introducing Montreal to Brazilian producer and DJ Hauy, Floral Nights are defined by intimate atmosphere in which to experience the best of international and local music.
With the news that Salon Daomé will soon be forced to move to a new location after an impressive 17 year run, a sense of urgency has begun to surround remaining dates at a venue typically taken for granted. This opportunity to enjoy international and local talent in an intimate setting should be seriously considered, at the very least because it will be one of the last chances to party in that legendary loft at 141 Mont-Royal Est.
Date: March 29
Location: Le Salon Daomé
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Written by: Robin Gawn
Recap from the last Floral Nights x Noisefloor party with Hauy: