jazz & oriental & impro


Çağdaş ORUÇ

Oguz Andreas METZELER


İbrahim ŞIRA



bass guitar



The legend

The international epopee of the legendary drummer Okay Temiz started in Sweden in the 1960’s. He is a pioneer of jazz and oriental music fusion, while the concept of “world music” as a mixing of various, traditional and present musical genres did not yet exist.

Beside a prolific career -over 3000 concerts and 300 participations in festivals, many albums- Okay Temiz is also a mad inventor who designed and manufactured many new instruments like the “magic pyramid” or the electronic berimbau.

He always strove to detect and associate new Turkish talents to his projects, to make them discover different music perspectives and to promote them to foreign audiences.


Okay Temiz & Oriental Wind

In 1974, Okay Temiz gathered famous jazzmen and musicians from Scandinavia and Europe in the ensemble Okay Temiz & Oriental Wind. It was a huge success, and the band toured over all the continents. After having spent three decades abroad, he came back to Turkey in 1998 and revived Okay Temiz & Oriental Wind with notorious Turkish musicians coming from diverse musical backgrounds. The band’s repertoire varies between jazz, Turkish folk, Sufi music and improvisation. Okay Temiz & Oriental Wind keeps revisiting its music and pursues its tireless blowing on Turkish and international stages.



Born in Istanbul in 1939, Okay Temiz was influenced by his mother, Naciye, who had had training in Turkish classical music. Playing professionally since 1955, Temiz studied at the Ankara Conservatory and at the Tophane Art Institute, and learnt to build his own unique instruments. After meeting Maffy Falay and Don Cherry, he settled in Sweden; with Cherry and bassist Johnny Dyani he toured the U.S. and Europe (Live in Ankara, Sonet 1971). The group Xaba, with Dyani and trumpeter Mongezi Feza, was founded in 1972 (Rejoice, Cadillac 1972; Music for Xaba, Sonet 1972; Music for Xaba 2, Sonet 1979).

In 1974, Temiz created his own Oriental Wind, widely using Turkish instruments such as ney and gayda (played by Haci Tekbilek), zurna, kaval, ud, saz, and sipsi. For some performances, his mother joined the group. He always featured Turkish musicians

in order to help them gain international recognition, and kept strong ties with his homeland; his all-star CD Zikir (Ada 1981) features the great ney player Aka Gündüz, pianist Tuna Otenel, and top bassist/arranger Onno Tunc, while Karsilama (Ada) is a glorified, exciting version of the percussion/zurna music accompanying wedding parties in Western Turkey. In 1991 and 1992, he released Fis Fis Tziganes (Label La Lichere) with a group of gypsy musicians from Istanbul, and Green Wave (Uzelli); in 1993, with his Magnetic Band (Ano Kato, 1995),

he added South African rhythms to his palette.After living for almost 30 years abroad, the new, more open cultural climate and the crop of younger musicians coming up motivated him to return to Turkey in 1998. He is busy teaching and performing in Turkey, is often invited to take part in the most prestigious orchestras, and he creates his own projects that feature his invented instruments, like the hand-made copper drums, the Magic Pyramid, and Artemiz made with camel and sheep bells.

Francesco Martinelli


-Don CherryOrient (BYG, 1971)

-Maffy Falay & Sevda: ditto (1972) (Caprice RIKS LP 31)

-Maffy Falay & Sevda: Live at Jazzhus Montmartre (1972) (Caprice 1041)

-Don Cherry: Organic Music Society (Caprice, 1972)

-Johnny Dyani/Okay Temiz/Mongezi Feza: Rejoice (1972) (Cadillac SGC 1017)

-Johnny Dyani/Okay Temiz/Mongezi Feza: Music For Xaba (1972) (Sonet SNTF 642)

-Johnny Dyani/Okay Temiz/Mongezi Feza: Music For Xaba, volume two (1972) (Sonet SNTF 824)

-Mongezi Feza: Free jam (2-CD). (1972) (Ayler records aylCD-048/049 first released in 2004)

-Nils Sandstroem: The painter (1972) (Emi Odeon 062-34659)

-Bengt-Arne Wallin: Wallin/Wallin (1972) (Dux 6368002)

-Gunnar “Siljabloo” Nilson: Flickan med den bruna hyn/Det kaenns skoent, det kaenns bra (7″ single). (1972) (Odeon E006-34609)

-Maffy Falay & Sevda: Live at Fregatten (1973) (Sonet SNTF 665 – Kent STX 87020)

-Salih Baysal: The Myth (1973) (Sonet SNTF 739)

-Bjoern Jayson Lindh: Sissel (1973) (Metronome MLP 15506)

-Bernt Rosengren: Notes from underground (2-LP) (1973) (EMI-Harvest 34958/9 – EMI-Harvest 1364622)

-Bo Nilsson: Drei Szenen/Fatumeh. (1973) (Phono Suecia PS 33)

-Bo Nilsson: A Spirit’s Whisper (3-CD) (1973) (Phono Suecia PSCD)

-Tony Scott: Manteca (1973) (Sonet SLP 2543)

-Bjoern Jayson Lindh: Boogie Woogie (sonradan “Second Carneval” adıyla) (1974) (Metronome MLP 15.547)

-Okay Temiz: Turkish folk jazz (1974) (Sonet SNTF 668 – Kent STX)

-Lars Gullin: Bluesport (1974) (EMI-Harvest 1364612)

-Okay Temiz: Dokuz sekiz/Denizalti Rüzgarlari (1975) (7″ single )(Yonca YCAS-076)

-Okay Temiz: Drummer of two worlds (1975/1980) (Finnadar Records/WEA 58186 – Melodi Plaklari 1216)

-Okay Temiz/Johnny Dyani. Yonca (1976) (YCS LP 5013)

-Okay Temiz: Oriental Wind (1977) (Sonet SNTF 737 – Kent STX 87003)

-Lennart Aberg: Partial solar eclipse (1977) (JAPO 60023)

-Bernt Rosengren Big Band: First moves (1977) (EMI 062-35428)

-Nannie Porres: Kärlekens ögon (1977) (EMI 062-35449)

-Oriental Wind: Live in der Balver Hoehle (1978) (JG Records JG 044)

-Björn Jayson Lindh: Bike voyage II (1978) (Sonet SLP-2619) (sonradan “A Day at the Surface” adıyla: Sonet SNTF 833 – Vanguard VSD 79434)

-Oriental Wind: Zikir. (1979) (Sun Records SEB 11005, Fransa – Melodi Plaklari 1138, Türkiye – Paddle Wheel K28P 6011, Japonya)

-Okay Temiz – Oriental Wind: Zikir (1979) (Kent STX 143 100102-2, Türkiye, Ada Müzik 500765, Türkiye)

-Oriental Wind: Mus/Kabak (7″ single) (1979) (Sun Records SEB 33-005, Fransa)

-Oriental Wind: Chila-Chila (1979) (Sonet SNTF 809)

-Hans Calderas: Ziggidim (1979) (Calderas Music production HCLP-101)

-Oriental Wind: Bazaar (1981) (Sonet SNTF 864)

-Oriental Wind: Live in Bremen (1981) (JA&RO 007; EFA 08-4107, Almanya)

-Open-Air Arbon Live 1982 (1982) (Delta Records 8355-001, İsviçre) (öteki müzikçilerle paylaşılan bu iki 2-disklik albümde Oriental Wind’den bir parça bulunur)

-Oriental Wind: Life road (1983) (JA&RO 013, JARO 4113-2, EFA 08-4113, Almanya)

-Okay Temiz/Saffet Gündeger: ditto (1983) (Organic Music OM 5, İsveç – Yeni adla : “Klasikleri 1” (Atlas Muzik 8 691044 150121, Türkiye)

-Oriental Wind/The Karnataka College of Percussion: Sankirna (1984) (Sonet SNTF 930)

-Percussion Summit. (1984) (Moers Music 02056)

-Atilla Engin Group: Memories (1984) (Danish Music Production DMLP 506, Danimarka)

-Atilla Engin Group: Marmaris love (1985) (Danish Music Production DMLP 510, Danimarka)

-Lennart Aberg: Green prints (1985/86) (Caprice CAP 1276)

-Tayfun Erdem: Ararat. The border crossing (1986) (EMI F 669.660, Almanya – Yeni adla “Agri Dagi Efsanesi” Kalan CD 298 (Türkiye)

-Okay Temiz: In Europe. (cass) (“Life Road”‘ ve Saffet Gündeger ile olan çalışmalarından parçaların derlemesi)(1988) (Yanki Müzik Yapim YMC 138, Türkiye)

-Okay Temiz: Dervis. (kaset) (1989) (Yanki Müzik Yapim YMC 156, Türkiye – yeni adla “Dervish Service”, Ada Müzik 500772, Türkiye – Yeni adla “Silver Hand”, Ton Son Ton/Sonet SNTCD 1020, Vasco Da Gama VDFCD-8003 İsveç)

-Okay Temiz: Dance for peace/Locust (12″ single). (1989) (Ton Son Ton SONL10; (7″ single) Ton Son Ton SON10)

-Senem Diyici Sextet: Takalar (1989) (Label La Lichere CD LLL 17 – Kalan CD 186, Türkiye)

-Okay Temiz: Misket (1989) Sonet SNTCD 1031 – yeni adla “Transparent Dervish”: Vasco Da Gama VDFCD-8002, İsveç)

-Okay Temiz: Fis fis tziganes (1989) (Label La Lichere CD LLL 107)

-Wutu-Wupatu: ditto (1989) (Ano Kato Records rei 2002 (Yunanistan)

-Okay Temiz/Sylvain Kassap: Istanbul da Eylül, 1990, Label La Lichere (CD LLL 67)

-Okay Temiz: Magnetic dance (kaset) (1990) (Bayar Müzik Üretim 125, Türkiye – Yeni adla: “Okay Temiz Band”, Ercan Moroglu 123, Almanya)

-Okay Temiz’s Magnetic Band: Magnet dance (1990) (Vasco Da Gama VDFCD-8000, İsveç)

-Four Drummers Drumming: Electricity (1991) (Backyard Records Riff CD-911-2, Almanya)

-2eme Rencontre Internationale de la Clarinette Populaire (öteki müzikçilerle paylaştığı derleme) (1991) Radio Kreiz Breizh RKB K 03, Fransa)

-Okay Temiz: Green wave (1992) (Uzelli CD 204, Türkiye – Blue Flame DTM 35600)

-Okay Temiz: Fishmarket (1992–1994) (Uzelli CD 210)

-Don Cherry: Dona Nostra (1993) (ECM 1448)

-Okay Temiz: Magnet dance (1994) (TipToe/Enja TIP-888819-2, Almanya)

-Karnataka College of Percussion/Okay Temiz: Mishram (1995) (Raks Müzik 4055, Türkiye)

-Okay Temiz Magnetic Band: In Finland 1995 (1995) (Ano Kato Records rei 2004, Yunanistan – Yeni adla: “Magnetic Orient” JARO 4244-2)

-Tri Leta Druge Godbe II, 1994-1996 (öteki müzikçilerle paylaştığı derleme) (1996)(Druga Godba CDG 002, Slovenya)

-The Black Sea Project: ditto (1996) (Lyra ML 0660, Yunanistan)

-Yildiz Ibrahimova: Balkanatolia (1997) (Raks Müzik 006790, Türkiye)

-Okay Temiz & Group Zourna: Karsilama (1998) (Ada Müzik 8 692646 500789, Türkiye – JARO 4224-2)

-Okay Temiz: Yasamin ritmi (tanıtım uzunçaları) (1998) (Banvit, Türkiye)

-Okay Temiz: Kutlama celebration (tanıtım uzunçaları)(1998) (Banvit, Türkiye)

-Audio Fact: Black spot (1998) (Kalan CD 103, (Türkiye)

-Embryo: Istanbul/Casablanca (2-CD). (1998) (Indigo 8536-2)

-Gjallarhorn: Ranarop. Call of the sea witch (1998) (Elektra/Asylum 19627)

-Floros Floridis, Nicky Skopelitis, Okay Temiz: Our trip so far (2000) (MRecords 5204876 01013, Yunanistan)

-Okay Temiz: Black Sea Art Project (2001) (Ada Müzik)

-Angelite: Balkan Passions (2002) (JARO 4234-2)

-Okay Temiz: Darbukas & Zurnas (2002) (Ada Müzik 8 692646 501946)

-Okay Temiz: Mehteran. (2002) Ada Müzik 8 692646 501953)

-Okay Temiz: Kuzeyden Güneye Yansımalar “Senfoni” (2002) (Ada Müzik 8 692646 501977)

-Okay Temiz: Okay Temiz ve Ritim Atölyesi (2002) (Ada Müzik 8 692646 502127)

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