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ARTICLE: PROFILES

Istanbul’s İKSV: An Intensity Beyond Cool

Read "Istanbul’s İKSV: An Intensity Beyond Cool" reviewed by Arthur R George

It would be easy to get breathless, even giddy, about the range and schedule of cultural events organized by İKSV, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (in Turkish: İstanbul Kültür Sanat Vakfı). One individual could not possibly keep up with its jazz and classical music festivals and everything else that's offered by İKSV. It brings ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Istanbul Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Istanbul Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Luke Seabright

Istanbul Jazz Festival
Vitrin: Showcase for Contemporary Music from Turkey
Various Venues
Istanbul, Turkey
June 27-30, 2018

A leisurely stroll through the crowded streets of Istanbul offers many delights, Turkish or otherwise. The maze guides you through nested teahouses, majestic ottoman palaces, monumental sahns adjoining mosques with exquisite interiors; down ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

The 25th Istanbul Jazz Festival: June 26 to July 17, 2018

The 25th Istanbul Jazz Festival:  June 26 to July 17, 2018

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Garanti Bank, the Istanbul Jazz Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018. The festival will once again host leading names and new discoveries from the world of jazz, as well as the stars of contemporary music between 26 June and 17 July 2018. ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Erkan Sonmez

Erkan Sönmez, musician, born in 1989. He is interested with music since he was 14. He is graduated in the department of drum from Modern Music Academy. He is also playing piano, guitar and bass guitar beside his main instrument drum. In his musical journey, which goes through from thrash metal to jazz, he had the chance to play with many bands and musicians in stage and studio both as a musician and as an arranger. Recently, he has been playing with Erdem Sökmen Quartet and also he shares the stage with Levent Yüksel and Grup Vitamin. In this period, in which everybody creates his own music and universe, he is planning to record and produce his instrumental LP which emerges without locking on the corners of genres at the end of 2018, which consist of his own compositions. He took part in big halls like Cemil Topuzlu Theatre, Bostancı Performance Hall, Zorlu PSM, also he participated in many different kind of stages and festivals

ARTICLE: UNSUNG HEROES

Remembering Turkish pianist and trombonist Elvan Araci

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As far as I can see only Turkish media published news about the loss of Turkish pianist and trombonist Elvan Aracı, 66, in Stockholm. From 1977 to 1999 Aracı lived in Sweden where he notably collaborated with Muvaffak `Maffy` Falay, Okay Temiz and Bernt Rosengren, notably in Maffy Falay's sextet with Rosengren, Åke Johansson on piano, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Burak Bedikyan: Awakening

Read "Awakening" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On his third release as a leader, Istanbul based pianist, Burak Bedikyan seamlessly blends his dual education in western classical and jazz and his national/ethnic heritage into an intriguing and cohesive album. Awakening comprises of nine Bedikyan originals that are elegantly crafted balancing intricate harmonies with deceptively effortless fluidity.

The gently rolling refrains on ...

Istanbul Sessions: Istanbul Underground

Read "Istanbul Underground" reviewed by James Nadal

A secretive, renaissance saxophonist who travels in a multi-ethnic, trans-cultural dimension, Ilhan Ersahin embodies all aspects of the particular blend of cross-pollinated musical styles he produces. Started in 2002, his New York City club and record label Nublu, established his pioneering reputation, and he continues on a creative tear. Istanbul Sessions was formed in 2008, producing ...

Fahir Atakoglu: Live At Umbria Jazz

Read "Live At Umbria Jazz" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It is fascinating how different cultures can merge in music. Turkish-born pianist Fahir Atakoglu's trio is a fine example of a group where influences from around the world meet in original compositions that speak the international language of music.

Atakoglu brings his advanced understanding of meter and melody to his compositions and drummer ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ferit Odman: Dameronia With Strings

Read "Dameronia With Strings" reviewed by Jim Olin

In his latest album Dameronia With Strings, Ferit Odman pays tribute to the great Tadd Dameron. He treats listeners to a smorgasbord of Dameron jazz--a sparkling kind that soothes the soul but pumps the heart. Accompanied by an outstanding group of musicians, namely trumpeter Terell Stafford, composer and guitarist David O'Rourke, pianist Danny Grissett, bassist Peter ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Konstrukt & Peter Brötzmann: The Message: Live At Kargart

Read "The Message: Live At Kargart" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Breathe, just keep breathing, you tell yourself as the latest offering from the free jazz saviors spins on the turntable. Pressed in an edition of just 200 LPs, The Message: Live At Kargart is a treasure of sound. Actually it is more than just sound, it is an independent self-contained space craft carrying music from a ...