Playing for the Planet unites activist musicians
by Andrew Gilbert

The Boston Globe, November 11, 2011

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol is one of the musicians performing at the Playing for the Planet concert. Warren Senders figures that a global crisis requires an international response…



Muslims and Jews, in Harmony
by Jim Ball 

The Jewish Advocate, January 21, 2011

“You can’t build walls high enough to keep out the penetration of music,” said ethnomusicologist Robert Labaree. “You can’t stop music.” The New England Conservatory professor spoke at Congregation Beth El of Sudbury as part of a Martin Luther King Day program that focused on the little known 1,500 year connection…



Listen to the music of Cyprus / Kıbrıs’ın Sesi’ne kulak verin
by Burçin Tuncer

North Cyprus Magazine, 2008

The island of Cyprus is known for its multicultural structure, a historical legacy of thousands of years of inter-civilizational interaction. For long years, Greeks and Turks have lived on this island together, enjoying and disliking similar things…



by Roanna Forman

Artscope, Nov./Dec. 2007

That line, from Dunya’s 2006 concert production of “Wisdom and Turkish Humor”, sums up the organization’s raison d’etre and extraordinary appeal. Directror Mehmet Ali Sanlikol founded the organization with Robert Labaree in 2004 to “find creative ways to show paradoxes found in parallel, but contradictory…



Turkish, Western traditions in harmony
by David Perkins

The Boston Globe, October 31, 2006

The concert began with a rumble of drums, followed by a blare of trumpets and shawms of the sort that must have terrified Vienna when the Ottomans besieged the city in 1683. It ended with a laughing arrangement of Mozart’s ”Rondo Alla turca” written a century later…



Get a taste of Turkey at Ryles, 
by Bob Young

Boston Herald, November 18, 2005

”I Will Survive” in Turkish? A lute slicing through a funk tune? Armenian rap? Get ready for Middle Eastern Rap, Funk and Disco Night at Ryles in Cambridge tonight…



by Cemil Özyurt

Turk of America, April 2005

Since last year music enthusiasts in Boston have been able to enjoy themselves at a variety of music concerts, randing from Sufi music, from Anatolian Rock to the songs of famous…



Turkish Arabesk, 
by Matuya Brand

Weekly Dig, April 16, 2004

Arabesk is like rap music – brewed in the ghetto as a response to issues of social justice but increasingly popular. Its popularization, however, says Mehmet Sanlikol, a doctoral student at the New England Conservatory, lacks depth and meaning…