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American Frederick Thomas: 'The Black Russian' Who Connected Jazz To The Margins Of Asia

Read "American Frederick Thomas: 'The Black Russian' Who Connected Jazz To The Margins Of Asia" reviewed by Arthur R George

The child of former slaves, Frederick Bruce Thomas' New York Times obituary called him “the sultan of jazz," for the jazz palace he founded in Constantinople (now jny: Istanbul) after World War I, a jazz borderland beyond even the music's early jny: Paris outpost. He was hosting bands in Constantinople in 1921 even before Louis Armstrong ...

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Onur Aymergen

Onur Aymergen started playing classical guitar with Özhan Gölebatmaz and studied classical flamenco with Suat Demirkıran, then interested in rock, funk and jazz music. He played his own compositions in many festivals and music clubs with his quartet and took part in projects with European musicians. In his jazz projects, he reflected the sounds of European jazz, modern jazz and world music. Afterwards, Aymergen worked with Mısırlı Ahmet for several years and tried to develop his rhythmic ideas. He worked a variety of styles including Turkish, Indian and jazz music. He recently wrote his thesis on Turkish Maqam Harmonisation with Prof

AkBank Jazz Festival 2019

Read "AkBank Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

AkBank Jazz Festival Istanbul, Turkey October 18-25 2019 I arrived in Istanbul during the world-wide outrage that followed the United States pull-out from Syria and the consequent military intervention by Turkey. The new humongous airport looked rather empty compared to the crowded spaces of the old one; the trip to ...

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Volkan Topakoğlu

Istanbulite bassist, composer and educator Volkan Topakoğlu made his debut with his album ‘Birdenbire’. Playing the keyboard and the guitar by ten, Volkan started his formal education in music studying cello and piano at Avni Akyol High School of Music and Arts in Istanbul. At fourteen he was influenced by his bass guitarist brother and started to listen to jazz records and play the bass guitar. He continued his education in music at Yıldız Technical University in Istanbul, studying electric bass and double bass with Kâmil Erdem. After graduation Volkan attended private lessons and workshops of bassists Jacek Meira-Niedziela, Bronislaw Suchanek, Drew Gress, Carlo DeRosa

ARTICLE: PROFILE

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 REVIEW

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. ...

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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: ALBUM 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 ...


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