Musical shares: Jazz please, Louise

Avishai Cohen's not-quite-jazz concert at the Swissôtel in Maçka

By John Shakespeare Dyson | July 7, 2018

The fourth concert I attended during the İKSV Jazz Festival took place at the Sultan Park in the grounds of the Swissôtel in Maçka, above Dolmabahçe Palace, on Tuesday July 3. The performers on this occasion were the double-bassist Avishai Cohen and his group. The concert started well: Mr Cohen...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz, Musical Shares

Musical shares: Jazz, genius and chimney pots

Night in an Italian garden – the 25th Istanbul Jazz fest (cont.)

By John Shakespeare Dyson | July 3, 2018


The venue for the third concert I attended during the 25th İKSV İstanbul Jazz Festival was the grounds of the Palazzo di Venezia in Beyoğlu – a building that now does service as the residence of the Italian Ambassador and the Italian Consul-General. (It is not the Consulate itself, as...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz

Musical shares: Stormy weather over the Golden Horn

Çağrı Sertel and his group crack the sky open with their screaming thunderchords

By John Shakespeare Dyson | July 2, 2018


The second concert I attended during the İKSV İstanbul Jazz Festival took place at Salon İKSV (the İKSV HQ performance space) in Şişhane, Beyoğlu, on June 27. The group responsible for the music – but not for the weather outside, which was spectacularly stormy – consisted of pianist Çağrı Sertel...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz

A bow to the past: Singing Hand and other Turkish jazz legends, plus the best of the 25th fest

The 25th Istanbul Jazz Festival pays tribute to the fine musicians who put Turkish jazz on the map, plus some high notes ahead

By John Shakespeare Dyson | June 28, 2018


The Opening Concert of the İKSV İstanbul Jazz Festival – sponsored by Garanti Bank – took place at the Zorlu Center on Tuesday (June 26). The theme was ‘Turkish Jazz through the Generations on the 25th Anniversary of the Festival’, and the occasion provided your reviewer – who knew very...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz

Gender-bending bards

The women changing Turkey’s music scene

By Ezgi Üstündağ | March 24, 2017


Few Turkish words conjure up a scene as swiftly and uniformly as ozan. The noun is seemingly inseparable from the image of an elderly minstrel, bağlama in hand, singing of his travels before an audience of Anatolian villagers. Significant, too, is that this widespread understanding of the ozan, the lone...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz, Protest Music

The snowman cometh

By Tony Barrell | November 15, 2016


An exciting new piece of music receives its world premiere this Thursday, November 17. A lucky audience in London will be the first to hear The Snowman Rhapsody, composed by Howard Blake. The rhapsody is a major elaboration on the composer’s much-loved music for The Snowman – now a widely...
Posted in Fundraiser, Music and Performing Arts, Jazz

Jazz on loop

Rhythmic loops, repetition, piano, drums… Mammal Hands at Salon IKSV on Thursday had Emma Harper experiencing déjà vu

By Emma Harper | October 31, 2016


Two years ago the Mancunian trio GoGo Penguin hypnotised the audience at Salon IKSV with a mix of jazz and trance. Replace the bass with a saxophone, and you’ve got another group from England, Mammal Hands. The comparisons go beyond sound. Both bands let the music do the talking, keeping...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz

A flurry of jazz

Tickets are still available for the Akbank Jazz Festival

By Emma Harper | October 17, 2016


The 26th Akbank Jazz Festival is underway, with events ranging from concerts by big name jazz performers, like the Grammy award-winning bassist Ron Carter, to talks about jazz in all its forms, and even jazz-fuelled brunches. Jazz truly is all around. With only one week left to soak up all...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz

Harmonising on the Bosphorus

As natural as breathing – Ibeyi and Kamasi Washington at the Istanbul Jazz Festival

By Emma Harper | July 15, 2016


All sorts of sounds filled the garden of the old Beykoz shoe factory last night – the crack of batá drums, the deep notes of a double bass drawn out with a bow, the deafening reverberations of a horn section going full tilt. Yet the highlight of the performances by...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz

Classical music engulfs the Bodrum peninsula

The 13th International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival runs from July 3 until August 11

By Emma Harper | July 13, 2016


Bodrum may not be the most isolated holiday spot in Turkey, but the peninsula boasts some quiet retreats, like the small fishing village of Gümüşlük. Far away from the hustle and bustle of Bodrum Marina, the sleepy town is brought to life each summer by the Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival,...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Classical Music, Jazz, Travel

Jazz standards and standouts

Tickets go on sale for the 23rd Istanbul Jazz Festival

By Emma Harper | April 15, 2016


Each year the Istanbul Jazz Festival, sponsored by the Istanbul Arts and Culture Foundation (IKSV), manages to push the envelope in terms of either artists or venues. In 2016, they are doing both. The highlight of this year’s packed programme features two rapidly rising jazz acts performing at a very...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz

Pushing the boundaries of funk and jazz

Thundercat at Salon IKSV

By Emma Harper | December 10, 2015


My favourite bassline is, without a doubt, from Jackson 5’s hit song ‘I Want You Back’. It’s a playful, melodic and funky beat that does more than just ground the song – it makes it memorable. Listening to ‘I Want You Back’ on repeat as a kid, I learned for...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz

The sweet sounds of jazz

Highlights of the Akbank Jazz Festival 2015

By Emma Harper | October 13, 2015


The 25th Akbank Jazz Festival is kicking off next week, and with it comes a flurry of concerts, workshops, seminars and children’s events. Unlike the annual IKSV Istanbul Jazz Festival, which sets up shop in the city during the quiet month of July, the Jazz Festival organised by Akbank is...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz

Autumn jazz

Highlights of the Akbank Jazz Festival

By Victoria Khroundina | October 23, 2014


A lot more accessible (and in some ways interesting) than the major IKSV-run Istanbul Jazz Festival that takes place during the summer, the Akbank Jazz Festival – with the moniker ‘the city in a state of jazz’ – starts today. Now in its 24th year, this popular jazz festival brings...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz

Smooth sounds, silky vocals

Önder Foçan and Meltem Ege Group ‘Songbook’

By Victoria Khroundina | May 1, 2014


Yesterday was International Jazz Day and to celebrate we have a new jazz CD available from the Cornucopia store. The renowned guitarist Önder Foçan has been playing jazz since 1975 and has been the artistic director of Nardis Jazz Club since 2002. In 2012, he recorded his latest album, Songbook,...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz
Current Events