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Room, Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. for an encore of her “Guilty Pleasures” show of great AM soft rock and pop classic originally made famous by male vocalists.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!
More information and RSVPs available on Facebook.