Ajda the Turkish Queen is a well-established Boston-area performer and recording artist, whose previous calling cards include the mighty Boston Gothicana outfit Black Fortress of Opium, who authored a rootsy yet ethereal sound she carries on in this new and current iteration as the Ajda the Turkish Queen Band. Hailing from Texas, but with a Turkish mother, Ajda's dynamic vocals and writing straddle East and West, and her unique use of mandolin and guitar contribute to a sound like none you've heard. Now she is joined by Eric Donohue on bass (x-Ad Frank, Lonely Leesa & the Lost Cowboys), Chuck Ferreira on drums (Aloud, Eddie Japan, Lonely Leesa & the Lost Cowboys), and Chad Raleigh (The Rationales, Lonely Leesa & the Lost Cowboys) in a fresh and exciting configuration of Boston music scene veterans.
Ajda has a brand new original tune called "Take This Ride" on the BC35 LP, originally released in April 2018 on the Bronson Recordings label (Italy). The BC35 LP celebrates and commemorates the 35th anniversary of BC Studios in Brooklyn, NYC, owned and operated by producer/musician Martin Bisi. The album includes musicians from Swans, Sonic Youth, Cop Shoot Cop, White Hills, Alice Donut, Live Skull, Pop1280, Insect Ark and was recorded live over a weekend in January 2016. Ajda began working with Martin in 2007, as he produced and recorded Black Fortress of Opium's s/t debut, and worked on subsequent releases as well. Ajda and Martin have an excellent artistic, creative rapport, and continue to work together. Volume II of BC35 is anticipated for a April 2019 release, and will contain another of Ajda's new original solo tracks - "Bobby's Car."
Listen to "Take This Ride"!
11.14.18 We played three original tunes live on the Wicked Local Wednesday show on Boston radio station 88.9FM WERS.
Songs in order of performance: Bobby's Car, Ashes to Ashes, Desperate Kiss
Original tune "Dark Side" from the 5.11.18 BC35 LP release show in Boston at Deep Thoughts JP celebrating https://bc35anniversary.bandcamp.com/album/bc35-the-35-year-anniversary-of-bc-studio
Ajda the Turkish Queen - vocals, electric guitar
Eric Donohue - bass
Chuck Ferreira - drum
Also taken at the BC35 LP release in Boston in May 2018. "Ashes to Ashes' is an original song.
Ajda the TQ - vocals, mando
Eric Donohue - bass
Chuck Ferreira - drums
Video by Nina Donghia