Minor Empire

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Minor Empire
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresProgressive music
Years active2010 (2010)–present
LabelsWorld Trip Records
MembersOzan Boz
Ozgu Ozman
Michael Occhipinti
Chris Gartner
Ben Riley
Patrick Graham
Rob Joanisse
Tamer Pinarbasi
Lina Allemano
Debashis Sinha
Past membersSelim Sesler
Ismail Hakki Fencioglu
Didem Basar

Minor Empire are a Turkish-Canadian progressive music group formed in 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

About the Band[edit]

Since releasing its debut recording, Second Nature in January 2011,[1] Toronto ensemble Minor Empire has been performing a blend of psychedelia, electronica, jazz & traditional Turkish music. Not only has "Second Nature" hit #1 on national world music radio charts in Canada, but CBC Radio and Toronto Sun music columnist Errol Nazareth noted that "the CD marks an important way forward for Turkish and world music, in general."[2]

David Dacks of Exclaim! magazine calls their debut Second Nature "successfully dreamy" and says "the record will leave you wanting to see the band live.",[3] and TJ Nelson of World Music Central describes the album as "bold, expertly worked and voluptuous."[4]

Minor Empire is the brainchild of guitarist/composer/producer Ozan Boz and vocalist Ozgu Ozman. Inspired by the traditional music of their homeland of Turkey, they have forged a sound that is simultaneously contemporary and traditional, adventurous yet accessible. Fleshing out their unique sonic vision is a stellar cast of musicians including Michael Occhipinti (guitar), Chris Gartner (bass), Debashis Sinha (percussion) from Toronto; Ismail Hakki Fencioglu (oud) and Didem Basar (kanun) from Montreal, while internationally acclaimed Istanbul-based clarinet player Selim Sesler guests on the album.[5]


  • 2012 Independent Music Awards, Recipient of the World Artist/Group of the Year award[6]
  • 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Recipient of the World Group of the Year award[7]
  • 2018 Independent Music Awards, Nominee of the World Beat Album[8]
  • 2018 Independent Music Awards, Nominee of World Music Producer[8]


  • 2011 Second Nature
  • 2017 Uprooted


  1. ^ "Second nature" (sound recording) / Minor Empire, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, AMICUS No. 38843166, retrieved 20 November 2011
  2. ^ "2011 Performer Line Up". London Committee For Cross-Cultural Arts Inc. 9 July 2011. Archived from the original on 27 August 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  3. ^ Dacks, David (26 January 2011). "Reviews > Soul, Funk & World > Jan 26 2011". Exclaim!. Toronto: 1059434 Ontario Inc. ISSN 1207-6600. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  4. ^ NELSON, TJ (4 February 2012). "Voluptuous Second Nature". Durham, NC. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Minor Empire Official Website". Minor Empire. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Winners and Nominees 2012 World Artist/Group or Duo of the Year". Canadian Independent Music Awards. 24 March 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Recipients and Nominees 2011 World Group of the Year". Canadian Folk Music Awards. 4 December 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  8. ^ a b "THE 16TH INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES & WINNERS". Independent Music Awards. 13 February 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2018.

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