- What’s On
This year, Zuhal and Önder Foçan’s Nardis Jazz Club is celebrating its 20th anniversary. July’s big concert at the Volkswagen Arena in Maslak is now followed by a two-night pop-up Nardis Jazz Club in Clerkenwell, London, part of the EFG London Jazz Festival. For a preview, see Tony Barrell in the Cornucopia blog. For tickets, see below, or visit the event website.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18
Turquazz Musician Hub An opportunity for London-based musicians with Anatolian roots to meet fellow musicians. 11.30–13.00 entrance free.
Mimaroğlu: The Robinson of Manhattan Island The screening of a documentary about the legendary electronic music composer İlhan Mimaroğlu and his wife, Güngör, who migrated to the USA from Turkey in the early 1960s (see trailer) 13.30–15.30 Tickets £11
Paşa Çelik’s Middle East Guitarist and composer Paşa Çelik teams up with the Poles Bartek Bąk on drums and Piotrek Moczurad on double bass and electric bass, for a mixture of original music, Middle East melodies and standards (trailer) 19:00 – 20:30pm £15
Alfred Berkshire Jazz Sessions: Remembering Maffy Falay – Ferit Odman Quintet Ferit Odman and friends pay tribute to the Turkish trumpet legend, Maffy Falay, who died in February 2022 aged 92. 19:00 – 20:30pm. Tickets £19
Önder Foçan Quartet Önder Foçan, jazz guitarist, composer and co-founder and artistic director of Nardis, with his all-star quartet: Ozan Musluoğlu, on double bass, Bulut Gülen on trombone, and Burak Cihangirli on drums. (trailer) 21:00 – 22:30pm Tickets £19
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19
Maffy’s Jazz A screening of Deniz Yüksel’s moving documentary on the great trumpeter. 11–12, £11
Istanbul’s very first jazz entertainer: Thomas the “Black Russian” & Maksim Tavern Noon rakı, an age old tradition, complete with rakı tasting menu (trailer) 12.30–15.00, Tickets £65.00
Anatolian Fusion Ensemble A meeting of virtuosi: Ozan Baysal on the double-neck baglama, Tolga Zafer Özdemir on keys and synth, Bora Bekiroğlu on the electric bass 16.30–8.00 Tickets £15
Female Voices of Turkey: Sezin Angelova / Dolunay Obruk / Sibel Demir 19:00 – 20:30pm. Tickets £19
Alfred Berkshire Jazz Sessions: Tunes of Tuna Ötenel – Ozan Musluoğlu Quartet The first chance for a London audience to hear compositions of a mentor of contemporary Turkish jazz (trailer)[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJaM0AJ5heA&t=3s] 21:00 – 22:30pm. Tickets £19