Karine Hannah’s new single “Frida’s Sonnet,” is a modern adaptation from the Act One finale of 1995 full-length theatrical production Swedish Style, written by Selcen Pamuk and Ayhan Sahin.
Inspired by the private lives of super-group ABBA, it was deemed “Turkey’s first rock opera” by the national press, followed by stagings in nearly a dozen European venues throughout late 1990s.
The Swedish Embassy in Turkey, in fact, was so impressed that they flew Ayhan to Sweden for a one-on-one meet with ABBA founders Benny & Bjorn.
A new accompanying music video filmed by Christopher Holmes in the dead of winter 2011 showcases Karine’s rafter-raising vocals, set in a fantasy sequence where she reflects upon the protagonist’s enduring feelings for a lover that has since been left in the dust. The backdrop: New York City. Ayhan also makes a cute cameo.
“Frida’s Sonnet” has now propelled from the theatrical stage to the world’s online stage. You can see the video on YouTube (and, of course, below) and purchase the song on iTunes and amazon.com as a track from Karine’s second album for Young Pals Music, Karine. Please, take a look. It’s cool (and primarily filmed in our apartment, which looks surreal in this context).
Emre was back at 2C Studios Friday to record three hours of guitar parts for new compositions that Ayhan is writing for his main muse Karine Hannah. This is going to be good, cool cats!
Karine Hannah was back at 2C Studios in Brooklyn Heights working on a brand new song written by Ayhan Sahin. Working title: “Unresolved.” The pair have previously released three albums on Ayhan’s Young Pals Records. I’ll Be Alright” in 2007, “Karine” in 2009 and “Calling Card” by DNA featuring Karine in 2010. Hopefully, this represents the first steps toward a fourth.
Wonderful, wildly talented chanteuse Karine Hannah returns to New York’s Metropolitan Room, Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. for an encore of her “Guilty Pleasures” show of great AM soft rock and pop classic originally made famous by male vocalists.
In past shows, the repertoire has included such retro nuggets as “Sometimes When We Touch,” “When I Need You,” “How Much I Feel,” “Reminiscing,” “The Air That I Breathe,” “Baker Street” and a stunning re-rub of “Could This Be Magic.” Be there or we’ll all make fun of your mama!
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>Ah, my blessed Karine Hannah. This evening one of my favorite singers of all time transported me from one surreal world (still in la-la designer-land post-“Dear Genevieve”) to her wondrous musical utopia, performing an encore of her “Guilty Pleasures” show at New York’s Metropolitan Room.
The repertoire included such AM retro nuggets as “Sometimes When We Touch,” “When I Need You,” “How Much I Feel,” “Reminiscing,” “The Air That I Breathe,” “Baker Street” and a stunning encore of “Could This Be Magic” (see video clip below!) And yes, of course I cried…
It was a great house, with celebs clothing designer Patricia Fields and producer Chris Neil (Sheena Easton, Celine Dion, Mike & The Mechanics), best pal Tinatin, her collaborator (uh, and my partner) Ayhan and many other fans and aficionados… even a drag queen! Full house, cool cats.
>Listen live here right now!Addendum: re-airs at 9 p.m. tonight!
>On Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. eastern time, Karine Hannah and Ayhan Sahin will be interviewed live by hosts Ece and Mete on the program “SANAT GÜNLÜĞÜ” (The Art Diary) on Turkish radio station “Radyo Turkum,” which can be streamed online at radyoturkum.com.The hour-long chat-fest will include Ayhan and Karine’s perspective on her recent album “I’ll Be Alright,” which comprises English-language interpretations and new arrangements of Turkish superstar Sezen Aksu’s hits, produced by Sahin. The pair will also discuss their decade-long collaboration, which has fostered three full-length albums performed byKarine and produced by Ayhan.
During the show, listeners can call in with questions by calling 718-227-2524.