Masal is the intriguing pairing of Al ‘Alien’ Johnson and Turkish harpist and theremin exponent Ozlem Simsek. Al is a key fixture on the local music scene and has appeared at the Leigh Folk Festival on a number of occasions, both in his Alien guise, and as part of the fine duo ((((((((Palindromes))))))))). By the time she entered Istanbul University State Conservatory to study harp at age 11, Ozlem had already gained experience on the stage as a child performer in opera and musicals. In 2006 she relocated to London, initially working with the harp and later bringing in her voice, and finally adding the theremin. She currently composes music for short film and animation, collaborates with artists, dancers and performance art, and as a highly adaptable musician she continues to play live in the contemporary classical, experimental, avant garde and pop music scenes. Their collaboration is an exciting and delicious prospect.