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Sunum: Cenk Hasdal / BTV Istanbul Yapımcısı
Starting their musical journey back in 2004, 123, in other words "one, two, three", released their debut album "aksel" in November 2009. "aksel" included 14 songs, that tells the story of a boy named aksel, an owl and a whale. "aksel" is a cd/book with 230 pages of illustrations made by Huban Korman. In May 2010, the band released an ep named "stereo love", that contains 6 tracks. Just before the end of 2010, 123's third album "arve" was released. "arve" has 15 songs, and it's actually the second part of the story that was started in the album "aksel". "arve" is also a cd/book with 190 pages of photography taken by Irmak Altiner. The Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen is a featured guest on the title song "arve". Another album entitled "anja" is being produced which is the conclusion story that started with "aksel", but before "anja", the band released their fourth album "LARA" in january 2012. "LARA" puts the emphasis on Dilara's mesmerizing voice and poignant lyrics. The album also features three notable guest musicians - İlhan Erşahin plays saxophone on "Sun in the arms of love", Hakan Kurşun sings and plays guitar on "Yokuz" and percussionist Arto Tunçboyacıyan sings and plays on "Trip". All four albums of the band can be bought online through mikrop gramofon's web site. They can also all be bought on itunes.
The band has played at many international events such as; Kolaj Istanbul (Paris), Glimps Festival (Ghent), Mini Europe Tour by Elle (Turin, Straubing, Munich, Oslo), Şimdi-Now (Stuttgart), Berlin Jazz Festival (Berlin), 0090 Kunstenfestival (Antwerp), Bridge to Turkey Festival (Munich), Efes One Love Festival (Istanbul), Contemporary Festival (Istanbul), International Istanbul Jazz Festival (Istanbul) and Akbank Jazz Festival (Istanbul).
123 is also known for its symphonic work. the band played with two different symphony orchestras conducted by ender sakpinar. more symphonic concerts will be following.