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Friendship Music for Turkey

by Jonah Parzen-Johnson & Berke Can Özcan

Roots 10:36


These songs are a certain kind of friendship music. Not the kind of friendship you have with people you’ve known forever. The kind of connection that comes fast and easy with someone you barely know but immedietely enjoy. Instant friendship. Berke and I have, in fact, only spent 5 days together over two meetings. But that doesn’t matter. We are instant friends.

It’s easy to watch things happen somewhere far away and feel bad. Empathy exists for strangers. But I don’t need to imagine what it feels like in Turkey right now, because Berke lives there, and he is telling me. I want to help the people he cares about, because he cares about them. Maybe some day I’ll have people like that everywhere. I hope so. In the meantime, will you help me support earthquake relief in Turkey?


released March 3, 2023

Berke Can Özcan - Percussion & Electronics
Jonah Parzen-Johnson - Baritone Saxophone & Electronics
Live Recording Engineered by Can Aykal
Cover Photo by Özge Balkan

Giant's Sleep & Roots were composed by Berke Can Özcan

Performed live at Borusan Muzik Evi in Istanbul, April 2022



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Jonah Parzen-Johnson Brooklyn, New York

Jonah Parzen-Johnson makes music for baritone saxophone & flute that challenges listeners with experimental textures while embracing them with warm melodies. A Chicago native & longtime Brooklyn resident, Jonah has performed solo across 4 continents. His solo performances are a deeply intimate experience that celebrate the temporary moments of community that we can all embrace together. ... more


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