- What’s On
We’re looking forward to innovative Louisiana-born trumpeter Christian Scott performing at Zorlu PSM Drama Stage on November 7th. With his specially designed trumpet and flugelhorns, he’ll lead his band’s improvisatory performances and display his personal ‘whisper tone’ technique.
If you’re looking for great international artists, you can get a taste of South Africa on November 8th, when icon Hugh Masekela joins forces with modern jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya to perform South African bebop at Uniq Hall. Two generations of Cuban pianists will team up on November 12 at Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall when Chucho Valdés and Gonzalo Rubalcaba play with the duo piano project Trance and perform Cuban and jazz standards.
Babylon Bomonti should be your destination for modern and innovative concerts. A special tribute concert to Mehmet Uluğ, the founder of Babylon, will occur on November 8th when Emin Fındıkoğlu +12, a 15-piece Turkish jazz ensemble, performs their unique and expansive jazz. American drummer and producer Mark Guilliana, who collaborated on David Bowie’s final album Blackstar, performs on November 12 with a new acoustic project. Mop Mop, which blends new post-modern jazz with funk, Afro rhythms and exotic sounds, should shake things up with their futuristic and energetic show, drawing on Gnawa rhythms, heavy dub, jazz and funk combined with Trinidad-born poet and musician Anthony Joseph’s vocals.
In addition to concerts, a number of talks (mainly held in Turkish), masterclasses, dance performances and workshops have been organised as part of the festival. You can see the full programme here.