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Fahir Atakoğlu: The 'Music Of Hope Tour' At Merkin Hall - March 12 - All-Star Band And String Section!


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One of the outstanding pianists and composers in Europe today... At the cutting edge of the world music.
—Ahmet Ertegun, Atlantic Records
Fahir Atakoğlu: The Music of Hope Tour 2020. The Music of Hope Tour is dedicated to all of the refugees in the world.


Fahir Atakoğlu: piano
Horacio “El Negro" Hernandez: drums
Armando Gola; bass
Bob Franceschini: saxophone
Letizia Gambi: vocalist
Estrella Acosta: vocalist
Plus a 16 Piece String Orchestra!
Conductor Saadi Zain

March 12. One Night Only!

Merkin Hall
129 W 67th St
New York, NY 10036

“We will encompass the refugee's journey in all aspects of the concert and tour, including, but not limited to: Music both instrumental and with songs, while poetry and prose will create a narrative that is based on the hope of a new life of peace.

The repertoire will consist of new compositions especially written for the concerts, as well as Fahir Atakoğlu's existing collection of music that was inspired by the above- mentioned themes. It will also feature Palestinian and Syrian musicians and the Poems of Turkish poets Yunus Emre and Rumi, Fouad Muhammad Fouad, a Syrian poet, and Khaled Juma and Rafeef Ziadah who are Palestinian. The purpose of this concert tour is to change the world's view of refugees, to positively engage the audience, to look at the lives, struggles, and achievements of refugees, to show tolerance, respect and love towards one another by reminding us that it could happen to all of us, anytime, anywhere. The concerts will carry the messages of unity, of learning to live together, and to embrace our differences and to always feel the “Hope for Peace" through music." — Fahir Atakoğlu

Album Interpretations of Love
Release Date TBA

Fahir Atakoglu: piano
Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez: drums
Alain Caron: bass
Romero Lubambo: guitar

Luciana Souza
Letizia Gambi
Aimée Allen

Plus full string section.

Recorded at: Carriage House, Stamford Connecticut.

Photo credit: Andrea Boccalini

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