A BENEFIT CONCERT TO SUPPORT THE EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORTS IN TURKEY DÜNYA Ensemble directed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol performs classical Turkish music, Turkish Sufi music and Turkish music influenced Jazz Friday, February 10, 8:00pm, First Church in Cambridge – 11 Garden Street, Cambridge (the funds collected at the concert were distributed evenly between the Bridge to Türkiye […]


Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & the DÜNYA Ensemble performing classical Ottoman/Turkish music, original jazz compositions & introducing the SANLIKOL Renaissance 17 with 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 […]


FALL 2021 SANLIKOL featuring Dave LIEBMAN Presented by GLOBAL ARTS LIVE Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol presents ground-breaking jazz orchestra and trio music steeped in Middle Eastern cadences that draw from Turkish, mystical Sufi rituals, Sephardic Jewish musical elements, and more. In this double album release event, first Sanlıkol and his trio […]


SPRING 2020   Othello in the Seraglio (film vr. screening)  a coffeehouse opera based on Shakespeare Location, Date/Time, Price:  -February 27, University of California Santa Barbara, Pollock Theater,  7pm. You can watch the post-screening discussion with Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol here.


Fall 2019    JEWS AND SUFIS: Shared Musical Traditions with Edwin Seroussi — program — Since at least the 16th century, the Turkish maftirim repertoire — Hebrew devotional poetry set to Turkish makam music for use in the synagogue — demonstrates the deep relationships Ottoman Jews established with members of Muslim mystical […]


Fall 2018  “Aman Aman!”  The Music of the Turkish & Greek Café  program DÜNYA teams up with Pharos Ensemble to take their audiences on a musical journey where they will be introduced to the Turkish coffeehouse and the Greek Kafe Aman repertoires which include late classical Ottoman/Turkish music, urban folk songs from Turkey, songs […]


Fall 2017  Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol Trio   Grammy nominated composer and DownBeat’s September 2016 Editor’s pick Jazz pianist Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol performs his unique blend of energetic and innovative Turkish music influenced contemporary Jazz before he travels with his trio to Paris to perform at Jazzy Colors festival. Sanlıkol will be accompanied by George […]


Fall 2016   Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext? CD Release Concerts featuring Dave Liebman and Tiger Okoshi  Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext? Is now getting ready to release their new album, “Resolution”. Whatsnext?, Sanlıkol’s genre-busting jazz orchestra, performs his compositions which seek to create a sophisticated and cosmopolitan synthesis incorporating elements of Turkish, European and American […]


FALL 2015 ELVEDA (Farewell) A CONCERT OF REMEMBRANCE dedicated to Dr. Hüseyin Parkan Sanlıkol (1/21/1944-9/12/2015),  father of Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol; and in memory of our colleague Tom Zajac (10/1/1956-8/31/2015) as well as all those departed and dear to our hearts… program       photos It is a common tradition in Turkey to […]


FALL 2014 DÜNYA’s Documentary Film Screenings* WHAT A WORLD 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 […]