- What’s On
The line-up for the 26th Akbank Jazz Festival has been finalised, and the programme is as exciting as ever. When first announced, the listings looked a bit sparse compared to other years – only six concerts were scheduled. But as the festival approaches, it’s been exciting to see the roster grow.
Jazz artists of all stripes will perform. In a double-header at Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall on October 16, the trumpeter Paolo Fresu and the jazz pianist Omar Sosa, having released two albums together, will perform their special blend of old and new sounds from Italy and Cuba. They will be followed on stage by Pharoah Sanders, probably one of the world’s best tenor saxophonists. Experimental music fans will want to check out the Japanese instrumentalist and composer Masayoshi Fujita, known for his inventive use of the vibraphone, at Akbank Sanat on October 17.
For jazz infused with hip-hop and world music, make Babylon Bomonti your destination. On October 18, Ali Perret’s DU.DU, a group that fuses melancholic Anatolian tunes with the chaotic sounds of multicultural New York, will perform in honour of Mehmet Uluğ, the founder of Babylon and the entertainment company Pozitif. On October 21, the venue will host the performer Saul Williams, known for combining poetry and alternative hip-hop.
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. The Istanbul Lindy Hoppers will offer two workshops in swing dance and one in tap dance. There will also be two jazz brunches featuring the Papyon Trio.