FALL 2023

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext?  celebrating their new release “Turkish Hipster” September 28, 2023, 8:00 pm, Crystal Ballroom, Somerville Theatre – presented by Global Arts Live: click here for tickets October 1, 2023, 5:30 pm, Birdland Jazz Club: click here for tickets Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & the DÜNYA Ensemble performing classical Ottoman/Turkish music […]


Listen to this episode of New Sounds where the host, John Schaefer, presents An Afro Semai from Resolution by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext?  Listen to this episode of New Sounds where the host, John Schaefer, presents DÜNYA’s A Story of the City: Constantinople, Istanbul   Listen to Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol explain Muslim diversity through his jazz compositions Listen to […]


Cultures mingle in new coffeehouse opera in Rockport this weekend by Gail McCarthy Gloucester Times, June 8, 2016 Worlds collide in a coffeehouse opera this weekend that weaves a tale inspired by William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Othello” with a Turkish twist and… READ   More reviews of Othello in the Seraglio here  […]


FALL 2012 A BILINGUAL MEVLID: Süleyman Çelebi’s masterpiece in Greek and Turkish Recognized as a classic of Turkish literature, Vesilet’ün Necat, or more commonly known as Mevlid-i Şerif is a long poem commemorating the birth of the Prophet Muhammed written in Turkish in 1409 by Süleyman Çelebi (1351-1422) in Bursa. It is often […]

Why are we called a Musicians’ Collective?

At the core of DÜNYA, even before musicianship, lies friendship. DÜNYA’s many ensembles are nothing but friends of DÜNYA coming together to make music. Some of DÜNYA’s friends will tend to appear in more productions along side our core ensemble, composed of myself, Robert Labaree and Cem Mutlu. However, there […]

Print Media

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… READ   Muslims and Jews, in Harmony by Jim […]


Highlights from DÜNYA’s numerous appearances outside of New England   Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext? toured Boston, Istanbul, Bursa and Cyprus during the month of July in 2017 Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol led a very successful Summer tour with packed concerts at Ryles Jazz Club (Boston), Istanbul Jazz Festival, International Bursa […]


FALL 2011 A SPECIAL CD RELEASE CONCERT program   photos This exciting concert will celebrate the release of DÜNYA’s A Story of the City: Constantinople, Istanbul double CD which is currently submitted for a Grammy award. The concert will bring together several DÜNYA ensembles to perform upbeat selections from the CD program […]


FALL 2010 A SPECIAL FUNDRAISING FASIL NIGHT TO SUPPORT GÜLCAN YILMAZ A benefit event that will feature our FASIL ensemble on a special night with a special selection of Turkish art and folk music in its most infectious form. All proceeds go to Gulcan Yilmaz who was diagnosed with Colorectal […]


FALL 2009 A SACRED MUSIC CELEBRATION: Greek Orthodoxy and Turkish Sufism featuring Photis Ketsetzis, Şenol Filiz and Birol Yayla program   photos In this special concert a choir and an ensemble composed of Greek and Turkish musicians will perform together a program of Greek Orthodox (Byzantine) and Turkish Sufi (Mevlevi) […]