Young meets old

An orchestra is born: the annual reincarnation of the amazing Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

By The Cornucopia Blog | July 22, 2016


As we’ve experienced in Istanbul this summer, music can provide a welcome distraction and act as a soothing balm. Yet it can also serve a deeper purpose, for both listeners and musicians. The Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, or Türkiye Gençlik Filarmoni Orkestrası (TGFO), spearheaded by the acclaimed Turkish conductor...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Classical Music

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

Opportunities for artists in the second half of 2016

Applications are open for the Moon and Stars Project grants and the Turkey–Scandinavia Connections 2016 residency programme

By The Cornucopia Blog | July 8, 2016


Editor’s note: The application deadline for the winter instalment of the Moon and Stars Project grants has been extended to August 31. When making plans for the autumn, artists would do well to consider the following two funding opportunities. The first is the winter 2016 instalment of the Moon...
Posted in Books, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Music and Performing Arts, News, Photography

Vinyl Icons

Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia

By Tim Cornwell | May 29, 2016


Once in a while a curator with instinct and particular passion hits a mark. In Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia, staged in Newcastle, in the heart of Britain’s northeast, Sara Makari-Aghdam uses the work of five contemporary artists to construct a celebration and reflection of a permissive past...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Music and Performing Arts, Orientalism

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

Stiff competition

Tickets go on sale for the 35th Istanbul Film Festival, a massive cinematic event

By Emma Harper | March 26, 2016


The IKSV Film Festival is, in one word, immense. Over the course of 11 days, 221 films from 62 countries will be screened. Yet while the size of the event is noteworthy, what separates this film festival from the others organised in Istanbul is its focus on competitions. The seven...
Posted in Film, Music and Performing Arts, News

All the world’s a stage

Tickets go on sale for the 20th Istanbul Theatre Festival

By Emma Harper | March 11, 2016


The clowns are coming to town, ready to shuffle off this mortal coil. Not that Istanbul is an especially dangerous place for clowns. But when the 20th Theatre Festival takes over the city in May, these particular clowns will have to die, over and over again. Four members of Spymonkey,...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, News

‘If music be the food of love, play on’

The 44th Istanbul Music Festival’s programme is announced

By Emma Harper | February 3, 2016


If you’re looking for inspiration, Shakespeare’s mellifluous verse is certainly a good place to start. Or at least that’s the philosophy of the Istanbul Arts and Culture Foundation (IKSV), which announced today that the theme for the 44th Istanbul Music Festival is inspired in part by a line in Shakespeare’s...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Classical Music, News

Striking the right note

A peek into the history of women in Turkish music

By Emma Harper | January 14, 2016


Anatolian rock is a bit of a boy’s club. Or at least that’s how it seems at first. Anyone who loves this amalgamation of folk, rock and psychedelic music is more than familiar with Barış Manço, Erkin Koray and Cem Karaca. But, outside of the much-sampled Selda Bağcan, where are...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts

AyseDeniz’s Nirvana Project

By Tony Barrell | December 28, 2015


The last time that AyşeDeniz Gökçin came to our attention, she was adapting the music of Pink Floyd for the classical piano, with a nod to Franz Liszt (see ‘Magical Movements’, Cornucopia 50). Some of those Floyd songs dealt with serious subjects such as insanity and alienation, but now the...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Classical Music

Applications open for 2016 Moon and Stars Project grants

By The Cornucopia Blog | December 16, 2015


Artists, it’s time to flex your proposal-writing skills – applications for the Moon and Stars Project winter grants are due on January 31. Founded by the American Turkish Society in 2002, the Moon and Stars Project highlights and supports the best of Turkish arts and culture in the United States,...
Posted in Architecture, Contemporary Art, Literature, Music and Performing Arts

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

‘Hamlet’ condensed to its core

The Tiger Lillies Perform Hamlet

By Emma Harper | October 16, 2015


Reading about The Tiger Lillies, a postmodern vaudeville musical trio known for their macabre cabaret, I'm ashamed to admit that images of clownish circus performers ran through my head. So when I walked into their performance of Hamlet at the Zorlu Performing Arts Centre last night, I was expecting camp...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts

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

Turkey gets Aussie-fied

By Victoria Khroundina | August 31, 2015


From next month until December, events continue as part of the ‘Australia in Turkey 2015’ festival. The biggest celebration of Australian culture in Turkey to date, it aims to enhance social and cultural understanding between the two countries. That it’s being celebrated in the same year as the centenary of...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Culinary Arts, Design, Exhibitions, Film, History, Modern Art, Music and Performing Arts, News

‘Gariné’ in London

Dikran Tchouhadjian’s famous opera comes to Arcola Theatre

By THE CORNUCOPIA ARTS DIARY | August 6, 2015


If you live or find yourself in London on August 14 or 15, the city’s only Turkish theatre, the Arcola in Dalston, is staging a version of Dikran Tchouhadjian’s (1837–1898) Gariné. Considered the first opera composer in the Ottoman Empire and known in his lifetime as ‘the Armenian Verdi’ and...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Opera

Lapping up classical sounds in Gümüşlük

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | July 24, 2015


If you find yourself holidaying in Bodrum or around the Muğla region in the next few weeks, we can’t recommend the Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival more strongly. Taking place in the small fishing village of Gümüşlük, the month-long festival is co-curated by Turkey’s leading pianist Gülsin Onay, who, unsurprisingly, delivers...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Classical Music

Prepare to be spellbound…

The Klasik Keyifler August concert series

By Dayna Tellibayraktar | July 15, 2015


The weekend of August 1 kicks off three weeks of lively music from Klasik Keyifler – a collaboration of devoted musicians, both students and professionals, who will perform concerts in candle-lit caves across Cappadocia. Organiser and renowned violinist Ellen Jewett hopes the 23-day classical music extravaganza will bring together locals,...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Classical Music

Born to drum

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | June 24, 2015


On Friday (June 26), we will be launching Cornucopia’s associate editor and music journalist Tony Barrell’s new book Born to Drum: The Truth About the World's Greatest Drummers (HarperCollins). Clem Burke of Blondie describes it as an ‘engaging journey into the wild and wonderful world of drumming’. Interviews range from Phil...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts
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