Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & the DÜNYA Ensemble

performing classical Ottoman/Turkish music, original jazz compositions & introducing the SANLIKOL Renaissance 17


Beth Bahia Cohen, yaylı tanbur, Burcu Güleç, voice, percussion, 

James Heazlewood-Dale, bass, Bertram Lehmann, percussion, 

George Lernis, drums, percussion, santur, Jerry Sabatini, trumpet, flugel horn,

and Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, Renaissance 17, Continuum Fingerboard, piano, duduk, ney, ud, voice

September 20, 2022, 7:30 pm, Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, FREE


An evening of Classical Ottoman/Turkish Music

with George Lernis, percussion, santur, and Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, ney, ud, voice

September 29, 2022, 7:30pm, The Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA. Regular Admission: $15, Students: $12



If you feel comfortable going out, please come and support us at the below concerts. We can guarantee you that a good part of our repertoire is unique and will surely invite you to embrace a mystical experience through our ‘elegant ritual’…

Location, Date/Time, Price: 

-Friday, February 18, 9:00PM Joe’s Pub inside The Public Theater, NY

-Friday, February 25, 8:00PM First Church of Cambridge in Harvard Square, MA

Joe’s Pub has strong covid protocols in place.Tickets for the First Church of Cambridge concert ($20) will be sold at the door.


DÜNYA will be joining Boston’s internationally acclaimed award winning choir, Blue Heron. The concerts will feature European music before 1600 along with music from 20th century as well as Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol’s choral composition “Devran”, a polyphonic work that marries Sufi Muslim texts, Renaissance counterpoint, and elements of traditional Ottoman/Turkish music. The set which DÜNYA will perform aims to demonstrate the Turkish music influences found in “Devran”.

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol (ud, voice), Beth Bahia Cohen (bowed tanbur), Burcu Güleç (voice) and George Lernis (percussion).

Friday, April 22, 2022 at 8:00 PM and Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 2:30 PM.The concerts will take place at the First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA.