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Ayça wins the “Digitale Musikkulturen” competition for her “Concert Clip” series – soon to be recorded with her project partner Jazz Schmiede in Düsseldorf.
Ayça Miraç Quartet wins the 1.st Prize at the prestigious CREOLE Competition NRW 2019 by music council NRW
CD Release by Turkish Major-Label Dogan Music Company in summer 2019
Debut CD “Lazjazz” (Jazzhaus Records) on longlist 1/20219 – “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik”
“A powerful debut“ (Jazzpodium)
“Lazjazz: A remarkable debut“ (Deutschlandfunk Kultur)
„World music at it’s best: The German-born Ayça Miraç pays her respect of heartfelt beauty to her Black Sea ancestors. Miraç learned the Laz language, which is endangered today, set poets to music and adapted traditional dance music. She chose the sound format of a jazz trio along with violin. Hauntingly beautiful is the singing of Ayça Miraç. Listening to hear there is no dry eye in the house – and no leg stays on the ground.“ (KulturTipp,Ch)
Review by German newspaper “Die Zeit”:
“Laz singer Ayça Miraç enchanted contemplatively. The Laz live in Georgia and Turkey, Ayça Miraç was born in Germany. Her piano trio folk jazz intoned eurasian passages.“
Radio: Ayça´s music was broadcasted by several radio stations (Deutschlandfunk Kultur, WDR3, SWR2, SRF Kultur, MDR, RBB, hr2) and the concert of the group at the Rudolstadt-Festival 2019 was live broadcasted by german radio WDR3.
“With an expressive voice and remarkable maturity“ (Jazzthetik)
“Young singer and Folkwang student Ayça Miraç gains inspiration largely from her Turkish and Laz roots. Following her vision she shapes a unique fusion of tradition and modernity. On her debut album she adds a new exciting chapter to the creative dialogues between European jazz and the treasures of the east. Thereby her voice sparkles as a bright celestial body which just rises into the vocal sky! The Laz live inshore of the Turkish black sea and in Georgia. Culture, language and music are critically endangered there.“ (WDR 3 – West German Broadcasting Corporation)
„Miraç´s primary colour is a tender lyrical one, but there are dancing-like moments as well, in places it turns impressionistic. With her debut CD she successfully mastered a great balance act. She musically combines the heritage of her mother, who fights for the preservation of Laz culture and language, with the background of her father, Turkish poet Yaşar Miraç.
“A creative dialogue between jazz and traditional sounds is successfully created.“ (Concerto)