Yolda / Onderweg / En route

Group 1: via Budapest

This group travelled by train from Bucharest to Ghent. On this page you can find a recording of their concert in Handelsbeurs Concert Hall, a mini documentary that summarises their journey and diary posts of the musicians during their travel.

Musicians Wouter Vandenabeele (violin), Thomas Noël (guitar, keyboard), Özge Öz Erdoğan (vocal) and Ayten Çelik (percussion)

This Yolda Group will be performing on Thursday 19th of November 2015 at the Istanbul Ekspres Festival.

On Friday 14th of November 2014, they gave their first concert at Handelsbeurs Concertzaal:

Video artist Jonatan Lyssens made this mini documentary of their journey:

Diary posts of Group 1

  • The gateway to a new life? (11/11/2014) - When I wake up, the sun shines brightly through the light curtains and the wind howls outside. I decide to go for a somewhat sheltered spot on the terrace, with a cup of tea and a piece of chocolate, the…
  • A touching melancholic song (11/7/2014) - Papa arrives, aka Jenö, with Gaya and her husband Sandor. Very friendly, lovely people. Beautiful people, literally and figuratively. These people are also thrown into the chaos of Yolda. They also didn’t have breakfast yet and Papa takes them to…
  • Traveling in a country where you don’t understand one word (11/6/2014) - You go to bed late, at 2 a.m. there’s a passport control, you send a text message to your contact at 5 a.m. in Budapest, at 6.40 a.m. you arrive in Györ, and when I call my contact, I find…
  • Soul train (11/5/2014) - An unusual and chaotic morning. Jonathan goes out early to make some shots. I just wake up in time for breakfast. The other group meets at 10 a.m. to meet their Italian migration musician. We won’t see them back until…
  • Classic obstacles when you are traveling with camera men and musicians (11/4/2014) - It’s still raining. In the drizzle we are waiting for the shuttle to the airport. In awaitance of, I go down the Istiklal to the fishing area, for a last glance at Topkapi and Aya Sofia and to buy half…
  • It’s raining cats and dogs (11/3/2014) - It’s raining in Istanbul. To be exact: it’s pouring. While Belgium, once the promised land and now our goal, is having a wonderful Indian Summer. At 10:30 a.m. breakfast is rapidly cleared as if it were a fire drill. The…
  • YOLDA: You only live during adventures, doing anything, dealing apples? (10/30/2014) - A friend on YOLDA: You only live during adventures, doing anything, dealing apples? Who shall say? The gradual immersion in Turkish and the unexpected meal on the flight. Jasper looks through the window of the bus (to Taksim) at the drizzly…
  • The process of making music (10/29/2014) - Whether a collaboration between musicians – both musically and personally – is going to work is always uncertain. When violin player Wouter Vandenabeele and guitarist Thomas Noël first met Turkish singer Özge Öz Erdoğan and percussionist Ayten Çelik there sure…
  • The beginning of a great musical adventure (10/28/2014) - Musicians Wouter Vandenabeele (violin), Thomas Noël (guitar), Özge Öz Erdoğan (vocals) and Ayten Çelik (percussion) get to know each other during their first jam session. Discover the first steps of their collaboration in one of the hidden gems in Istanbul: