Sunday, April 4: The Music Center at Strathmore,
North Bethesda, Maryland
Tuesday, April 6: Carnegie Hall,
New York, New York
Wednesday, April 7: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, New Jersey
DL Media announces performance dates for Turkish pianist, composer, and arranger Fahir Atakoglu alongside legendary pop singer-songwriter, Sezen Aksu.
In our musical journey, we wrote songs together. Sezen Aksu wrote lyrics to my melodies that have become hits in Turkey and all over Europe. I also wrote arrangements and produced albums for Sezen. In my career I have shared the stage with her many times; and for me every-time has been a great honor and a musical privilege to play for her," says Atakoglu.
A highly regarded figure in his native Turkey since the 1990s, pianist-composer-arranger Fahir Atakoglu is only beginning to make his mark on stateside audiences. His latest offering, the compelling world-jazz projectFaces & Places, may be the breakthrough album to finally gain him widespread acclaim here.
The record, released on Far & Here Music earlier this year, boasts an all-star cast of trumpeter Randy Brecker, guitarist Wayne Krantz, Yellowjackets' saxophonist Bob Mintzer, Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassistJohn Patitucci and Horacio El Negro" Hernandez on drums.
Atakoglu warmly stated, As a composer and pianist, in my career of thirty years I haven't met any other singer-songwriter other then Sezen Aksu who can touch your heart with her music and words in such a way that you feel grateful to be alive and human in this universe."
It's a beautiful statement of contemporary jazz from top to bottom, deserving of high accolades, and anyone's high recommendation."
- Michael G. Nastos, allmusic
This CD keeps making left turns, which means that it's unexpected and serving a different cultural aesthetic as well as our own."
- Karl Stark, Philadelphia Inquirer
An exciting and thrilling run through of music that goes from Flamenco to the Middle East and back through the Mediterranean without changing time zones." - George Harris, Jazz Weekly