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Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext? featuring Dave Liebman

Presented by WBUR

Do not miss the premiere of an extended intercultural composition by Grammy nominee Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol for Jazz Orchestra featuring NEA Jazz Master/Saxophonist Dave Liebman!

As a Turkish-American composer Sanlıkol has been saddened and personally affected by the negative attitude toward immigrants, Muslims and minority communities in the US lately. As a result, he decided to compose his new piece, entitled “THE RISE UP”, built on three episodes from Middle Eastern history which chronicle dark and traumatic events followed by human inspiration and/or transcendental creation. The first narrative centers around the great Sufi poet Rumi, composer of the most beautiful mystical poetry ever written after the murder of Shams, his beloved teacher. The second story comes from the traditions of Sephardic Jews, expelled from Spain but welcomed by the Ottomans, leading to a cultural flowering treasured to this day. The third narrative tells the story of Mimar Sinan, forcibly taken by the Ottomans as a young Orthodox Christian boy, who came to embrace his new Muslim identity and rose to great heights as the master architect of some of the greatest mosques in the world.

The orchestra will be conducted by Ken Schaphorst, chair of the Jazz department at New England Conservatory, and the unique Middle Eastern musical flavors will be supported by additional ethnic flutes, reeds, percussion and a group of Greek Orthodox cantors. A conversation with Sanlıkol and Liebman moderated by On Point producer Stefano Kotsonis will start the premiere event.

Location, Date/Time, Price: 
Open rehearsal
Thursday, May 16, NEC’s Brown Hall, 5-9 pm 

Friday, May 17, CitySpace, 890 Comm. Ave. Boston, 7:30pm
Admission: $10. For tickets please click here

This project is made possible in part by a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation.


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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 will also be DÜNYA productions such as A Story of the City: Constantinople, Istanbul in which as many as 35 musicians (friends) will collaborate. Yet even though some of the cast members in such a production may be participating at a DÜNYA event for the first time, they will immediately become a member of the greater DÜNYA family.

DÜNYA has a core ensemble and many circles of friends. Each of our productions will present a musical theme and, depending on this theme and the kinds of instruments required, our core ensemble will be joined by a number of our friends. That’s what makes us a Musicians’ Collective.

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol