An inviting intersection of Avant-pop and folk narrated by an alluring and moving voice. Born in Turkey, based in Prague, ILÆY puts together various cultural influences in her dramatic aural stew and her densely layered music.
Born in Turkey, based in Prague, ILÆY is a singer, songwriter, producer and voice-over artist. Her musical journey started during her childhood and evolved to a full passion for stage. She has performed at various festivals around the world such as Karneval Der Kulturen Berlin, Kansai Music Conference, IKSV Istanbul Jazz Festival and Mladi Ladi Jazz/Jazzbit. She has won several singing and jazz competitions, including the Istanbul Culture and Arts Foundation (IKSV) Young Jazz Competition — twice and recently she got into the finals of 1Band2Play organised by FullMoonZine in Czech Republic in 2020.
She received full scholarships for Musical Theatre programs of the New York Film Academy and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She has done voice-overs in Disney, Hasbro Studios, DreamWorks and Netflix productions and voiced characters who originally featured Jessie J, Gloria Estefan, Phillipa Soo, Gillian Anderson— to name just a few.
Ankara, Istanbul and Prague, the three cities ILÆY has lived in, add to her transcendent combination of Trip-hop, Avant-Pop and Folk in her original solo project. In addition to her solo project, she collaborates with The Ochepovsky Project, Shum Davar, and more.
“ILÆY gives the songs an otherworldly atmosphere and tension, which just adds to the combination of Turkish Folk, Space Rock, House, and Trip Hop – to namecheck just a few influences in her densely layered and dramatic aural stew. ILÆY’s emotional and expressive voice will hypnotize you. Prague by way of Ankara, her layered synths and samples is a world where Europe meets Asia and the result is musically transcendent.”
— Rick Manore (Founder of CPop Gallery, Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts · Detroit)
Prag’ta iki Türk müzisyen: Blackloud ve ILÆY (Posta.com/TR)
Ankara konserinin tadı damağımda kaldı (Hurriyet.com.tr)