Get ready to experience the electrifying energy and unique sound of MWE – an eclectic Turkish folk music ensemble based in San Francisco, CA. Combining traditional and original songs with a modern twist, MWE takes you on a musical journey that’s unlike anything you’ve ever heard before.
With a five-member acoustic wind ensemble that features the rarely paired clarinet and double-reeded zurna, MWE creates a dynamic and captivating sound that’s both raw and refined. But that’s not all – add another clarinet, a saxophone, and a davul (a shoulder-slung marching drum), and you’ve got a sound that’s powerful enough to rival heavy metal, all without the need for amplification.
MWE’s live shows are nothing short of epic – loud, wild, and raucous affairs that are known for drawing entire audiences to their feet in just one song. From the hypnotic rhythms of traditional Turkish and Balkan music to the soulful, improvisational solos that showcase the individual talents of each member, MWE’s performances are a true celebration of music and culture.
Whether you’re a seasoned fan of world music or just discovering the joys of folk music for the first time, MWE is an experience not to be missed. With their innovative sound, electrifying stage presence, and infectious energy, MWE is sure to leave you feeling inspired, energized, and ready for more.
About two years ago on Halloween night, I encountered MWE at an underground venue in Oakland, CA. This was my introduction to music from the Balkan Peninsula and it hasn’t left me to this day. I was pleased to discover only recently their online presence and recordings here – but only through a live atmosphere and audience could this band’s feeling and enchantment be communicated properly. Favorite track: Shalakho.