FALL 2014

DÜNYA’s Documentary Film Screenings*
with Robert Labaree
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol
Cem Mutlu
Brenna MacCrimmon
Phaedon Sinis
and Mal Barsamian
including special appearances from Cemal Kafadar

What A World offers a captivating look at DÜNYA which has explored a wide range of music from around the world since its founding in 2004. The film shows the ensemble performing an amazing concert of music from 20th century Istanbul while interviews with the band members reveal their diverse backgrounds as well as insights about the surprising cultural and musical links between Boston and Turkey.

*The events feature a brief talk before the screening as well as a Q & A after.  

Location, Date/Time, Price
Friday, September 12, 7:00 PM – Emerson College, Bright Family Screening Room, $10
Friday, November 7, 7:00 PM – MIT, Chipman Room (6-104), FREE


Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext


Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol will present his unique jazz band which pairs Turkish instruments such as zurna (double reed wind), ney (end-blown flute), kös (large kettledrums) and nekkare (small kettledrums) with a 6-horn jazz combo to perform his film inspired and innovative Turkish music influenced compositions in order to promote his new album.

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, piano, keyboards, continuum, zurna, ney, voice
Jerry Sabatini, trumpet, flugel horn
Jeff Claassen, trumpet flugel horn
Mark Zaleski, alto sax., clarinet
Aaron Henry, tenor & soprano sax.
Chris Gagne, trombone
Jared Sims, baritone sax., bass clarinet
Utar Artun, piano, keyboards
Phil Sargent, electric guitar
Fernando Huergo, electric bass
Bertram Lehmann, drums
George Lernis, kettledrums, frame drums, percussion

On this tour Sanlıkol will also premier his new keyboardless synth, the Continuum Fingerboard, which allows him to play the microtones of Turkish music in jazz. 

Locations, Dates/Times, Prices
Wednesday, October 1, 8:00 PM – Scullers, Cambridge, MA, $25
Thursday, October 2, 7:30 PM – RISD Auditorium, Providence, RI, $20, on the day of the concert $25
Friday, October 3, 8:00 PM – Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY, seated $25/standing $20


as part of the 2nd Boston Byzantine Music Festival 


DÜNYA ensemble will perform Phanariot songs as well as Ottoman classical music notated by master 19th century Greek Orthodox cantors from the collections entitled Euterpe (1830) and Mousikon Apanthisma (1856/1872). Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol carefully selected compositions that are historically unique or were written by Greek-Ottoman composers in order to create what may have been the kind of a recital that was enjoyed by a Phanariot Beyzade (a Greek-Ottoman prince) in 19th century Istanbul.

Location, Date/Time, Price
Saturday, November 15, 7:30 PM – Hellenic College Holy Cross, Maliotis Cultural Center, $25 when purchased in advance
For more information about the festival and in advance purchases click here



Join us on this very special night where three members of the DÜNYA ensemble will perform Turkish classical and folk music in its most infectious form where audience interaction is expected. The benefits from this concert will be used toward the Spring 2015 programming of DÜNYA.

Location, Date/Time, Price
Saturday, December 6, 8:00 PM – Filarmonica Santo Antonio, 575 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA, $40
Open buffet dinner is included in the admission fee. There will also be a cash bar for liquor.
Due to limited seating RSVP required!
Please email serapkantarci@gmail.com for reservations



Dün gece seyrim içinde / Last night I dreamt of…:

program       photos

Beth Bahia Cohen, yaylı (bowed) tanbur/violin 
Burcu Güleç, voice
Robert Labaree, çeng
George Lernis, percussion
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, voice/ud/ney/saz 

Five musicians of the Dünya Ensemble on vocals and a wide range of traditional instruments offer a lively and varied program: blunt women’s complaints from the countryside, songs which mingle the religious and the secular, songs which express longing and intimacy across ethnic and religious boundaries, “blasphemous” (and therefore politically incendiary) songs by heterodox Sufis, and songs of unconventional love. This is public and private music, for entertainment, contemplation and devotion, expressing explicit border-crossings that defy official or societal norms: “protest music”, in the largest sense.

Locations, Dates/Times, Price
Thursday, March 27, 8:00 PM – New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall, FREE
Sunday, March 30, 7:30 PM – Boston College, Gasson Hall, FREE
Tuesday, April 1, 8:00 PM – Tufts University, Distler Hall, FREE


CD Release Concerts


Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol will present his modern jazz compositions for big band as well as compositions specifically influenced by Turkish music for the jazz combo from his new album.

Locations, Dates/Times, Prices
Thursday, April 3, 7:30 PM – Regattabar, Cambridge, MA, $20
Saturday, April 5, 9:30 PM – Drom, New York, NY, $10/adv. $15