The Bridge Project had its origins in a large international audio software company. It is made up of three players; Ittai Shaked the QA coordinator for the company, and two of its beta testers, Ümit Ceyhan and Andy Busuttil. On the basis of their discussions it eventuated that all three were of different religious roots: Jewish, Moslem and Christian respectively yet none of them continued to practise their faith. A principal reason for leaving their respective religions was that far too much conflict had been generated ‘in the name of God’ by these beliefs.
TBP (The Bridge Project) also decided that their relationship could reflect their lives in a unique way. They would get together in music rather than in battle and show how the roots of these three religious cultures could combine to produce a fabulous mosaic of influences that was at the same time different yet unified. No blood was spilt at any time during this convergence!
The music was recorded in three different locations around the World: Ittai recorded in Tel Aviv, Ümit in Toulouse, France (where he lives having escaped Turkey as an Caucasian/Turk of Socialist leanings and Kurdish affiliations!!!) and Andy in Australia. The recordings were sent backward and forward over the internet until the stage was reached where all concerned were content with the sound being achieved in the mixes by Ittai and the mastering by Andy.
‘3 Waves Under The Bridge’ was thus born. The titles of the tracks were created by all 3 members of TBP with three of them (Bridge of Lives, Mary-Rose and Dear Zahra Farag) being Andy’s suggestions. The rest were generated by Ittai and Ümit and carry the engaging linguistic twists that are characteristic of non-English speaking people translating to it from the rich metaphoric base of their language.
As can be seen from the titles, these are personally reflective pieces.
“Agladikca” holds particular significance to us since it carries vocals in both Turkish and Hebrew and features the beautiful vocals of Tel Aviv based vocalist Oshrat Fahima, a young blues/jazz singer from the Tel Aviv club scene. This is a song of unification and sorrow and is especially poignant given the brink to which Israel and Turkey have recently travelled.