|Laguna Beach Independent
November 17, 2006
By Greg White
Evren Ozan has just released his third studio album. You might not
think this is such a big deal until you consider the fact that this
local boy is just barely a teenager at 13 years old!
Embraced by the Native flute community as a young prodigy, Evren has
twice been the recipient of the “Rising Star” award at
the Native American Music Awards Ceremony, following the release of
each of his two previous albums. With ALLUVIA, his third release in
six years, we can expect further endorsements from the Native American
community, as well as other circles.
ALLUVIA, referring to the sediments that are carried downstream, is
an apt title because it hints at all the various influences that have
collected in the mind of this young artist, and therefore appear in
his performances and compositions. Guided by the able hand of producer
Mac Ritchey who has produced all three of Evren’s albums to date,
ALLUVIA distills many world musics into an effective and provocative
fusion, creating a dynamic blend of African, Indonesian, folk, jazz,
rock, reggae, and Native American stylings. Each track is different,
some providing the listener with danceable grooves, others something
to meditate with, and perhaps more importantly, others can provide
something inspirational. An example of the latter can be on on “An
Ephemeral Dream,” a Pat Metheny-like dreamscape in 7/4 time,
which evokes feelings of yearning and introspection.
Tracks like “Jacaranda,” “The Climb” and “Two
if by Camel” make you want to move your feet in celebration of
the joy of living, whereas the track “Shavasanah” creates
an absolutely sublime stillness perfect for yoga or meditation.
Throughout the album there are touches of Brian Eno-like synth treatments
and Peter Gabriel-like backing tracks that create an intriguing platform
for this young flautist to demonstrate that he is listening to the
music of this world and that he has something to give in return. Listening
to Evren’s new album gives one a sense of hope and rebirth, a
feeling that the future is indeed bright and that young artists of
this world will necessarily continue to innovate and produce meaningful
contributions, the net result being a lifting of the spirits for all
Of course, the Sound Spectrum has plenty of Evren’s albums in
stock and for listening. Stop by and check out this young talent before
he grows up and move on to bigger and better things!
ALLUVIA: Evren Ozan
NEWS FROM INDIAN COUNTRY
Review by Sandra Hale Schulman
December 25, 2006
Prodigy flute player Evren Ozan is growing up right
before our ears. In this complex, sophisticated new album, he emerges
as an aural world traveler, absorbing the sounds and influences of
African and American jazz while combining them with his Native roots.
Now 13, Evren has been playing flute for almost half his life. IMAGES
OF WINTER, Evren’s first album, was recorded when he was seven
years old at Possum Hall Studios in New Hampshire. It was released
in the summer of 2001, and in October of that year, Evren was a featured
performer at the Native American Music Awards and recognized as “Rising
AS THINGS COULD BE was recorded at Possum Hall Studios when Evren was
nine, and has received widespread national and international radio
play, as well as favorable reviews and recognition by Backroads Music
as one of 2003’s best instrumental albums. Evren received a second “Rising
Star” from the Native American Music Awards in February 2005,
for this album nominated in the “Best Instrumental” and “Best
New Age” categories.
The latest CD, ALLUVIA, was recorded with producer Mac Ritchey at Possum
Hall Studio just before Evren’s 13th birthday. The titles hint
at some of his current interests – his dog Belle (Belle’s
Quirky Independence); interest in art (Chiaroscuro); and perhaps nature
(An Olive Branch, The Banyan Tree, Alpenglow).
Evren has had the honor of performing with several world-class musicians,
and receiving gifts from renowned flute makers all across the country.
His music is heard on award-winning independent films and he has accompanied
professional dance companies performing to his music. Evren is also
heard on other albums, most notably a winter solstice album released
by Silverwave in 2003, and a collaborative meditation album recorded
at Possum Hall Studios in the summer of 2004, when Evren was 11.
Originally from Massachusetts, Evren lives in southern California and
is active in the regional flute circle. His other interests include
rock drums, radio controlled model plane flying, skateboarding, and
spending time with his pets, especially Belle, his black Lab. On
the Net: www.ozanmusic.com