Longtime friendship of Marcello Allulli, Emanuele de Raymondi, and Selen Gülün led the three
musicians to come together and create this multicultural project. As it took a few years to
complete the album, the music in KAPI is the result of many layers of time, travels, places, and
experiences. Through real teamwork, each of the compositions found their deeper soul.
Emanuele de Raymondi had already begun to compose some of the pieces in this album and
wanted to record Marcello Allulli’s saxophone playing to create samples to build up original
sketches. When they dreamed about the future sound together, they thought Selen Gülün’s
piano playing and vocal timber would fit just perfectly to this music, and asked her to join the
project. Creating and performing music separately with Marcello and Emanuele before, Selen
found the idea charming and the project started. When they met in Rome in March 2013, Selen
and Marcello brought ideas to the prepared compositional sketches, helping to shape the pieces
with their musical voices. Any time the trio had the chance to come together to perform, they
used these original forms as sketches to improvise, and to layer more sounds and ideas on top.
Finally, they recorded the album live in Istanbul in February 2015 at the Bilgi University Music
studios. They also recorded some of Selen and Marcello’s compositions.
SELEN GÜLÜN – piano, electric piano, synthesizer, voice
MARCELLO ALLULLI – tenor sax
EMANUELE DE RAYMONDI – electric guitar, electronics