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Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext? featuring guest artists Anat Cohen, Antonio Sanchez and Miguel Zenón. This album presents innovative original music written for jazz orchestra that has entry points for a wide audience due to its stylistic variety and accessibility.
Drummer, percussionist and composer George Lernis presents a musical allegory of his journey from Cyprus to America
This trio album is modeled after the structure of a Sufi whirling (Mevlevi) dervish ritual (ayin), with influences from John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”.
This single features special guests Anat Cohen, Antonio Sanchez and Miguel Zenon, and it is about the contributions of Boston to the greater jazz scene.
Commissioned by NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman “The Rise Up: Stories of Strife, Struggle and Inspiration” is an extended composition that combines traditional Turkish instruments and voices with the jazz language in a cosmopolitan and an internalized fashion.
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext? featuring guest artists Anat Cohen, Dave Liebman, Tiger Okoshi and Antonio Sanchez. Whatsnext? performs Sanlıkol’s compositions which seek to create a sophisticated and cosmopolitan synthesis incorporating elements of Turkish, European and American musical traditions. Sanlıkol’s blend of jazz composition and Turkish music has been praised by the Boston Globe as “a true fusion of jazz and folkloric Turkish language and colors”
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Directed by Robert Labaree
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The musical journey of this concert DVD moves from the traditional to the original, making its way, at the same time, from city to town to village.
In Part I of the concert, DÜNYA and Mavi Dance present the traditional music and characters of the Istanbul shadow puppet theater Karagöz and Hacivat. The traditional selections represented in this section are performed with an ensemble that bears the city identity of Karagöz.
In Part II we move from city to town with a half composed, half improvised musical theatre piece based on a story about the famous folkloric character Nasreddin Hoca which includes themes and songs from the Bektaşi Sufi tradition.
In Part III the concert closes with the 60-piece PALS Children’s Chorus and DÜNYA performing an original composition by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol about the foolish Keloğlan, the poor village ‘bald boy’. This composition combines a trio of Turkish traditional instruments with a Western piano trio. The folkloric characters in all three parts of the program are comic, but they also share strong connections to traditions of Turkish folk wisdom which at times overlap with both conventional religion and secular philosophy. Purchase this DVD — Watch Video