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2017

Summer 2017 

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext? featuring Tiger Okoshi

2017 Summer Tour kick-off concert!

Grammy nominated bandleader/composer and DownBeat’s September 2016 Editors pick Jazz pianist Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol kicks off a Summer tour with concerts in the US, Turkey and Cyprus, at Ryles Jazz Club with a giant of jazz, trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, and his genre-busting 12-piece band Whatsnext?
Do not miss this unique and highly engaging concert featuring Sanlıkol’s contemporary jazz compositions with intriguing Turkish influences!

Location, Date/Time, Price:
July 6, Ryles Jazz Club, 212 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA, 8:30pm. Tickets: $15

 

Spring 2017 

Othello in the Seraglio: The Tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch 

with a pre-concert panel on the diverse societies of Islam and race in Shakespeare featuring Stephen Greenblatt

A powerful encounter of Europe and Ottoman Turkey

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Othello in the Seraglio, a uniquely powerful “coffeehouse opera,” tells an age-old story of passionate love and murderous jealousy, of a black slave at the 17th century Ottoman Court who rises to power and riches, only to come to a tragic end. The multi-layered script is by NEC music historian Robert Labaree, while the stunning score, by Boston composer and Grammy nominee Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, weaves together Italian Baroque and Turkish sources with his own newly-composed music into a tapestry of uncanny beauty. Othello is performed on European period instruments and traditional Turkish instruments by an ensemble of 12 instrumentalists, singers and a dramatic storyteller.

Locations, Date/Time, Price:
7pm PANEL, 8pm PERFORMANCE — there will be a post-concert Q&A with the panelists
March 2, Emerson/Paramount Center, Jackie Liebergott Black box Theatre, 559 Washington St., Boston, MA.
Admission is free but space is limited.  
Sponsored by the Performing Arts Department and the Division of Diversity and Inclusion 

 

 

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol Trio at Ryles Jazz Club 

Grammy nominated composer and DownBeat’s September 2016 Editor’s pick Jazz pianist Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol brings his unique blend of energetic and innovative Turkish music influenced contemporary Jazz and Soul to Ryles Jazz Club with George Lernis on drums, Yaman Akdoğan on bass and a surprise special guest.

Location, Date/Time, Price:

April 14, Ryles Jazz Club, Inman Square, Cambridge, MA, 9pm, $15

 

 

An Ottoman tableau of devotional music 
as part of Northeastern University’s symposium on cantillation 

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The Dünya Ensemble presents an historical tableau of different religious musical practices and a variety of cantillation styles in Islam, Christianity and Judaism, especially centered around the Ottoman Istanbul. The many layers of communal interaction in the city created deep historical and musical influences between these religious traditions.

Location, Date/Time, Price:
May 8, The Fenway Center, St. Stephen Street Boston, MA, 8pm. Tickets: $15
Link to the symposium: web.northeastern.edu/chant/

2016

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 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” – and it is the further development and maturation of this “true fusion” that is the basis for the current project.

Locations, Date/Time, Price:
Oct. 6, Joe’s Pub, New York, NY, 7pm. Tickets: $20.
Oct. 9, Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA, 5pm. Tickets: $39, $35, $29.

Othello in the Seraglio: The Tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch 

A powerful encounter of Europe and Ottoman Turkey

Othello in the Seraglio, a uniquely powerful “coffeehouse opera,” tells an age-old story of passionate love and murderous jealousy, of a Black slave at the 17th century Ottoman Court who rises to power and riches, only to come to a tragic end. The multi-layered script is by NEC music historian Robert Labaree, while the stunning score, by Boston composer and Grammy nominee Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, weaves together Italian Baroque and Turkish sources with his own newly-composed music into a tapestry of uncanny beauty. Othello is performed on European period instruments and traditional Turkish instruments by an ensemble of 12 instrumentalists, singers and a dramatic storyteller.

Locations, Date/Time, Price:
Oct. 14, UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA, 8pm. Tickets: $25; Five College and 17 & Under, $10; Five College Faculty & Staff, please call the box office. 
Oct. 27 & Oct. 28, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, 8pm. FREE.

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Spring & Summer 2016

 

Othello in the Seraglio: The Tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch 

A powerful encounter of Europe and Ottoman Turkey

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Othello in the Seraglio, a uniquely powerful “coffeehouse opera,” tells an age-old story of passionate love and murderous jealousy, of a Black slave at the 17th century Ottoman Court who rises to power and riches, only to come to a tragic end. The multi-layered script is by NEC music historian Robert Labaree, while the stunning score, by Boston composer and Grammy nominee Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, weaves together Italian Baroque and Turkish sources with his own newly-composed music into a tapestry of uncanny beauty. Othello is performed on European period instruments and traditional Turkish instruments by an ensemble of 12 instrumentalists, singers and a dramatic storyteller.

Locations, Date/Time:
Feb. 29, Salem Old Town Hall, Salem, MA, 8pm.
Mar. 1 & Mar. 2, OBERON, Cambridge, MA, 7:30 pm. Cabaret seating. Tickets: $30-$20
Apr. 8, National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY, 10:00pm.
June 12, Shalin Liu, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Rockport, MA, 5:00pm.

2015

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…

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It is a common tradition in Turkey to do a night of remembrance on the 40th as well as the 52nd days of someone’s passing. This concert was scheduled to take place on October 22nd prior to both Parkan Sanlıkol and Tom Zajac’s passing – October 22nd is the 40th day of Parkan Sanlıkol and the 52nd day of Tom Zajac’s passing…

Location, Date/Time
Thursday, October 22, 8:00 PM - First Church in Cambridge, MA

 

ISTANBUL ON THE CHARLES:
A Jordan Hall Reunion

Directed by Robert Labaree and Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol 

A FREE concert extravaganza on a Friday night at Boston’s historic and acoustically superb Jordan Hall
with special appearances by,
Anne Azema
Beth Bahia Cohen
Jerry Leake
New England Drum and Winds Mehterhane

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Join us on this very special and celebratory night where a large group of DUNYA collaborators will come together to perform a show not to be missed with highlights from past programs and CDs including, a variety of traditional Turkish musics, early European music, Greek and Jewish musics from the Ottoman period, Sufi music, Turkish pop music, and more…

Location, Date/Time
Friday, November 20, 8:00 PM – Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, 30 Gainsborough St. Boston, MA, FREE

 

SPRING 2015

DÜNYA’s Documentary Film Screening*
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 its founding in 2004. The film shows the ensemble performing an amazing concert of music from 20th century Istanbul while interviews with the band members reveal their diverse backgrounds as well as insights about the surprising cultural and musical links between Boston and Turkey.

*This event features a brief talk before the screening as well as a Q & A after.  

Location, Date/Time
Tuesday, February 17, 4:00 PM - Harvard University, CMES 120, FREE

 

OTHELLO IN THE SERAGLIO
the Tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch

a coffeehouse opera produced by Dünya

conceived and composed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol
coffeehouse opera concept developed by Robert Labaree

based on:
The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare (1603)
Un Capitano Moro (A Moorish Captain) by Giovanbattista Giraldi (Cinzio) (1565)
Kızlarağası’nın Piçi (The Bastard of the Chief Black Eunuch) by Reşad Ekrem Koçu (1933)

original music, with music from 16th and 17th century sources from Europe and Turkey arranged by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol

script by Robert Labaree
additional Turkish poetry by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol

directed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol

Location, Date/Time:
Thursday, Feb. 26, 8 PM, First Religious Society in Carlisle, 27 School St., Carlisle, MA
Friday, Feb. 27, 8 PM, The Congregational Church of Weston, 130 Newton St., Weston, MA
Saturday, Feb 28, 8 PM, The Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem, MA
Sunday, Mar. 1, 4PM, Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County St., Ipswich, MA
Monday, Mar. 2, 730 PM, Christ Church Cambridge, Zero Garden St., Cambridge, MA
Tuesday, April 7, 8 PM, New England Conservatory, Brown Hall, Boston, MA
Wednesday, April 8, 8 PM, Harvard University, Holden Chapel, Cambridge, MA
Thursday, April 9, 8 PM, Smith College, Sweeney Concert Hall, Northampton, MA

2014

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 its founding in 2004. The film shows the ensemble performing an amazing concert of music from 20th century Istanbul while interviews with the band members reveal their diverse backgrounds as well as insights about the surprising cultural and musical links between Boston and Turkey.

*The events feature a brief talk before the screening as well as a Q & A after.  

Location, Date/Time, Price
Friday, September 12, 7:00 PM - Emerson College, Bright Family Screening Room, $10
Friday, November 7, 7:00 PM - MIT, Chipman Room (6-104), FREE

 

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext

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Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol will present his unique jazz band which pairs Turkish instruments such as zurna (double reed wind), ney (end-blown flute), kös (large kettledrums) and nekkare (small kettledrums) with a 6-horn jazz combo to perform his film inspired and innovative Turkish music influenced compositions in order to promote his new album.

featuring,
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, piano, keyboards, continuum, zurna, ney, voice
Jerry Sabatini, trumpet, flugel horn
Jeff Claassen, trumpet flugel horn
Mark Zaleski, alto sax., clarinet
Aaron Henry, tenor & soprano sax.
Chris Gagne, trombone
Jared Sims, baritone sax., bass clarinet
Utar Artun, piano, keyboards
Phil Sargent, electric guitar
Fernando Huergo, electric bass
Bertram Lehmann, drums
George Lernis, kettledrums, frame drums, percussion

On this tour Sanlıkol will also premier his new keyboardless synth, the Continuum Fingerboard, which allows him to play the microtones of Turkish music in jazz. 

Locations, Dates/Times, Prices
Wednesday, October 1, 8:00 PM - Scullers, Cambridge, MA, $25
Thursday, October 2, 7:30 PM – RISD Auditorium, Providence, RI, $20, on the day of the concert $25
Friday, October 3, 8:00 PM - Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY, seated $25/standing $20

 

A FASIL FOR A PHANARIOT BEYZADE
as part of the 2nd Boston Byzantine Music Festival 

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DÜNYA ensemble will perform Phanariot songs as well as Ottoman classical music notated by master 19th century Greek Orthodox cantors from the collections entitled Euterpe (1830) and Mousikon Apanthisma (1856/1872). Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol carefully selected compositions that are historically unique or were written by Greek-Ottoman composers in order to create what may have been the kind of a recital that was enjoyed by a Phanariot Beyzade (a Greek-Ottoman prince) in 19th century Istanbul.

Location, Date/Time, Price
Saturday, November 15, 7:30 PM - Hellenic College Holy Cross, Maliotis Cultural Center, $25 when purchased in advance
For more information about the festival and in advance purchases click here

 

A SPECIAL FUNDRAISING DINNER WITH TURKISH FASIL

Join us on this very special night where three members of the DÜNYA ensemble will perform Turkish classical and folk music in its most infectious form where audience interaction is expected. The benefits from this concert will be used toward the Spring 2015 programming of DÜNYA.

Location, Date/Time, Price
Saturday, December 6, 8:00 PM – Filarmonica Santo Antonio, 575 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA, $40
Open buffet dinner is included in the admission fee. There will also be a cash bar for liquor.
Due to limited seating RSVP required!
Please email serapkantarci@gmail.com for reservations

 

SPRING 2014

Dün gece seyrim içinde / Last night I dreamt of…:
TURKISH SONGS OF PROTEST

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featuring,
Beth Bahia Cohen, yaylı (bowed) tanbur/violin 
Burcu Güleç, voice
Robert Labaree, çeng
George Lernis, percussion
and
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, voice/ud/ney/saz 

Five musicians of the Dünya Ensemble on vocals and a wide range of traditional instruments offer a lively and varied program: blunt women’s complaints from the countryside, songs which mingle the religious and the secular, songs which express longing and intimacy across ethnic and religious boundaries, “blasphemous” (and therefore politically incendiary) songs by heterodox Sufis, and songs of unconventional love. This is public and private music, for entertainment, contemplation and devotion, expressing explicit border-crossings that defy official or societal norms: “protest music”, in the largest sense.

Locations, Dates/Times, Price
Thursday, March 27, 8:00 PM - New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall, FREE
Sunday, March 30, 7:30 PM - Boston College, Gasson Hall, FREE
Tuesday, April 1, 8:00 PM – Tufts University, Distler Hall, FREE

 

Whatsnext
CD Release Concerts

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Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol will present his modern jazz compositions for big band as well as compositions specifically influenced by Turkish music for the jazz combo from his new album.

Locations, Dates/Times, Prices
Thursday, April 3, 7:30 PM - Regattabar, Cambridge, MA, $20
Saturday, April 5, 9:30 PM - Drom, New York, NY, $10/adv. $15

2013

FALL 2013

From the “jazz” of Istanbul to the “blues” of Anatolia

This concert will include folk, religious and popular music from Anatolia, interwoven with classical Ottoman music and urban popular music from different centuries.

Location: AIC Center Boston, 38 Newbury Street #702, Boston, MA
Date/Time: Saturday, September 21, doors open at 7:30PM
Suggested donation: $15

 

Ottoman Art and Entertainment Musics:
Phanariots, Cantors and Dance

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A concert exploring works by Greek-Ottoman composers, transcriptions by Greek Orthodox cantors and urban entertainment music from 17th through 19th centuries.

Location: Harvard University, Holden Chapel
Date/Time: Saturday, December 7, 6 PM
Price: $15, Harvard Students $10

 

From the Byzantine Echos to Ottoman Makam

A concert featuring DÜNYA musicians as well as Greek Orthodox cantors performing Byzantine and Ottoman music together.

Location: CUNY, Elebash Recital Hall
Date/Time: Monday, December 9, 8 PM
Price: FREE

 

SPRING 2013

Istanbul: East Meets West
Europeans and Ottomans Listen to Each Other, 1500-1700

program

How is it possible to convey through music something of the complex interactions and tangled identities of these two regions over even two centuries? As the repertoire on this program demonstrates, the concoction of fact, imagination, paranoia, dogma, pragmatism, fantasy, curiosity and misinformation which falls from the pages of letters, diaries and consular reports in this period is matched in the musical documents on both sides. A central figure of this program is the famous Ali Ufki. Included in his collection were numerous pieces which he identified as “European”. We have put pieces excavated from Ali Ufki’s one-of-a-kind collection together with other pieces from western sources to reveal how, in these early modern centuries, The Other was deeply rooted in everyday lives and imaginations on both sides.

Locations, Dates/Times
Thursday, January 24, 7:30 PM -  The First Religious Society, Carlisle
Friday, January 25, 7:30 PM - The Congregational Church of Weston
Saturday, January 26, 7:30 PM - The Salem Athenaeum
Sunday, January 27, 4 PM –  Ascension Memorial Church, Ipswich
Monday, January 28, 7:30 PM – Christ Church, Cambridge

 

STREETS OF ISTANBUL / iSTANBUL SOKAKLARI

with special guests: Brenna MacCrimmon and Phaedon Sinis

A concert exploring one hundred fifty years of music from Istanbul’s many music venues:
tavern and Sufi lodge, salon and cinema 

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Locations, Dates/Times, Price
Sunday, March 3, 8:00 PM -  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, FREE
Monday, March 4, 8:00 PM - Salem State University, $10/$5 stdnts & snrs. FREE w/Salem State student ID
Tuesday, March 5, 8:00 PM - Dartmouth College, FREE
Friday, March 8, 8:00 PM -  Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College (7:30 PM pre-concert talk), FREE
Saturday, March 9, 5:00 PM – Holden Chapel, Harvard University, $5 for Harvard Undergraduates, $10 for the public (this event will be a seminar-recital)

2012

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 chanted on special occasions such as the birth of a child or as a commemoration of the dead. Musically, mevlid is a solo form, improvised and unaccompanied, usually performed in conjunction with Koranic chant and informal group singing of devotional songs (ilahi). The mevlid was translated into other languages of the Ottoman Empire, especially in the Balkans where the translations became just as popular. Tonight after a talk on the topic one section (bahir) of the mevlid will be chanted in Greek and another section will be chanted in Turkish. Before and in between the sections DÜNYA musicians will perform Sufi devotional songs in both languages.

Location: Harvard University, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St. Cambridge, MA
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 19, 6pm
Price of admission: FREE

 

Songs of the Fertile Crescent

DÜNYA will perform traditional Turkish music and Ottoman classical music portraying women following the world premiere of a suite of arias from the new opera Territories. The concert will be followed by an onstage discussion. The event is part of the five-month festival The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society, a program of the Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, the Arts Councils of Princeton and West Windsor, and the East Brunswick, New Brunswick, and Princeton Public Libraries.

Location: Princeton University, Wolfensohn Hall, Institute for Advanced Study, 1 Einstein Dr. Princeton, NJ
Date/Time: Thursday, November 1, 8pm
Price of admission: FREE

 

Mehter, Zildjian and the American Big Band

At this lecture-performance Dr. Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol (author of The Musician Mehters) will first talk about the Mehter ensemble (the so-called Ottoman Janissary Bands), Zildjian family, the role of cymbals in mehter music, connections between mehter music and jazz, and new compositions for hybrid mehter/jazz bands. The talk will be followed by a live music portion. During the live music portion traditional mehter music and an original composition for a hybrid band, featuring mehter instruments as well as typical instruments of the jazz band, will be performed.

Location: New England Conservatory, Williams Hall, 290 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 27, 4pm
Price of admission: FREE

 

SPRING 2012

A Concert for Turkish Earthquake Relief

DÜNYA performs Ottoman court, Sufi and entertainment music. Followed by reception with Turkish refreshments. All proceeds to benefit relief efforts.

Location: Brandeis University, Slosberg Recital Hall
Date/Time: Saturday, January 28, 8pm
Pre-concert talk at 7pm
Price of admission: General: $10, Students: $5

 

İki Cihan Arasında / Between Two Worlds: Turkey’s West Within
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Folk, classical, religious and popular music of the Ottoman/Turkish tradition, interwoven with classical Ottoman music newly transcribed from 19th century Greek sources, early European music and newly-composed polyphonic makam compositions.

Location: Boston College, Gasson Hall, Room 100
Date/Time: Thursday, February 23, 8pm

Location: Tufts University, Distler Hall
Date/Time: Friday, February 24, 8pm

Location: Bates College, Chapel
Date/Time: Monday, February 27, 7:30pm

Location: New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 29, 8pm

 

DÜNYA Contemporary Jazz Concert Series

Join us on these special nights where musicians from the DÜNYA collective will perform Jazz and original music by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol fusing makam (Middle Eastern modal concepts) and Jazz.

Location: AIC Cultural Center, 38 Newbury St. Suite 702 (7th Floor)
Date(s)/Time: 
Saturday, March 3, 8:30pm
Saturday, March 24, 8:30pm

 

ALEXANDER THE GREAT: Hero, Warrior and Lover

In collaboration with The Boston Camerata

Alexander’s deeds, both real and legendary, inspired bardic poetry and song in pre-Christian, Christian, Jewish and Muslim societies alike. The second of DÜNYA’s east-west collaborations with The Boston Camerata brings together these diverse traditions in a performance of old and new music and improvisations based on sources from classical antiquity, from medieval Europe and from West Asia.

Location: Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard at West Georgia, downtown Vancouver
Date/Time: Friday, April 20, 8pm
Location: Seattle, Town Hall
Date/Time: Friday, April 21, 7pm

 

SPECIAL EVENT

Musicians from the DÜNYA collective will debut Palindrome, an original jazz composition by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol with Turkish classical music influences, with an open-to-the-public performance on May 19th.  After almost a decade, along withPalindrome, Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol will have his original compositions scored for a jazz combo of 6 horns, rhythm section and Turkish music instruments performed again.

Location: AIC Cultural Center, 38 Newbury St. Suite 702 (7th Floor)
Date/Time: Saturday, May 19
Wine and Cheese Reception at 7:00pm
Pre-Concert Talk at 7:30pm
Concert at 8:00pm
Price of admission: General: $15, Students/seniors: $10

TOURING

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 Festival and International Famagusta Festival (Cyprus) featuring a giant of jazz, trumpeter Tiger Okoshi.

 

  • DÜNYA performed a very special program in the 5000 seat open air Harbiye Açıkhava Tiyatrosu in Istanbul on June 18, 2010

DÜNYA was selected to bring a largely Boston-based cast of 34 musicians to perform a special program in Istanbul in June of 2010. The program, part of the European Union-sponsored celebration of Istanbul as European Culture Capital in 2010, explored Istanbul’s communal memory through a wide range of repertoires: Greek Orthodox music, Greek folk music, Crusader songs, music of the Ottoman military ensembles, Ottoman court music, Sufi ceremonial music, Turkish folk music, Sephardic Jewish songs, urban music of the Armenians and Turks, and contemporary popular music.

Watch DÜNYA perform in Istanbul!

Purchase A Story of the City: Constantinople, Istanbul CD

 

  • DÜNYA performed the Music of Cyprus program at Salamis Theatre in Famagusta, Cyprus on July 9, 2008

DÜNYA’s Music of Cyprus program brings together a Greek Cypriot (Theodoulos Vakanas) and a Turkish Cypriot musician (Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol) where they lead an ensemble of Greek and Turkish musicians which present the musical traditions of the island of Cyprus.

Watch DÜNYA perform in Famagusta, Cyprus!

Listen to Mehmet Sanlıkol and Theodoulos Vakanas discuss DÜNYA’s Music of Cyprus CD on NPR’s Here and Now with Robin Young

Purchase DÜNYA’s critically acclaimed Music of Cyprus CD

 

  • DÜNYA was featured on May 31, 2006 at Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage

For this Millennium Stage debut DÜNYA presented unique ways of presenting Turkish music. The repertoire included two love songs back-to-back but bridged by improvised vocals, the first love song composed by an Ottoman sultan, the second by a contemporary Turkish pop singer. Another genre that was explored derives from müşterek taksim (different instruments improvising simultaneously), which Mehmet and Cem developed into their own çift gazel in which two singers improvise simultaneously while carefully following each other in the style of Hafız.

Add to this original compositions, influenced by Jazz, Western Classical, Turkish Classical, Turkish Folk, and contemporary music and enter through DÜNYA’s portal into the complex intricacies of multiple Turkish musical traditions.

2011

FALL 2011

A SPECIAL CD RELEASE CONCERT

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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 including Turkish, Greek, Armenian, Sephardic Jewish and Ottoman music.

Come and join us celebrate!

Location: First Church in Cambridge
Date/Time: Saturday, October 1, 8:00pm


MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE

This exciting event brings together the talents of DÜNYA and two other musical groups from each of the three Abrahamic traditions for an afternoon of celebration and song through Christian gospel songs, Sufi melodies, and Jewish music.

Location: Congregation Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Avenue, Swampscott, MA
Date/Time: Sunday, October 23, 3-5:00pm

 

PLAYING FOR THE PLANET: World Strings Against Climate Change

DÜNYA performs along with South Indian music and classical guitar music. Proceeds of the event will benefit the environmental advocacy group 350.org. Great music for a great cause.

Location: Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Date/Time: Friday, November 11, 7pm

 

TWO SACRED MUSIC TRADITIONS FROM THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: Syriac and Greek Orthodox Christianity, a Comparison

This program offers a rare opportunity to hear practitioners of the music of Eastern Christianity, rarely heard by Americans who are not members of the Syriac and Greek Orthodox Churches. Syriac Orthodoxy uses the oldest surviving liturgy in Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus and the language of much of the Talmud. Greek Orthodoxy uses liturgical forms and texts that date back to the first century A.D. and was the official religion of the Byzantine empire which dominated the eastern Mediterranean from the 4th through the 15th centuries.

Two expert cantors will explore, through performance and dialogue, the shared musical language and the unique musical traits of the Syriac and Greek Orthodox traditions. Gabriel Aydın representing Syriac Orthodoxy and Menios Karanos representing Greek Orthodoxy will be joined by Dr. Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, who will act as a moderator of this lecture-performance.

Location: Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Maliotis Cultural Center, Dukakis Wing
Date/Time: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 3pm

Location: New England Conservatory, Pierce Hall
Date/Time: Friday, November 18, 2011, Noon

 

An Intimate Evening of 17th Century Ottoman Music

Ali Ufki, born Albert Bobowski in 1610, was a Polish Christian who converted to Islam after his capture by the Ottoman Turks and spent the remainder of his life in Istanbul, becoming renowned as a court musician, as a notator of Ottoman classical music, and as a Bible translator. This intimate concert of 17th century Ottoman music is mostly based on repertoire Ali Ufki collected in a unique manuscript—the famous Mecmua-i Saz-ı Söz of 1650—which preserved for modern times about a thousand songs and instrumental pieces, the first instance in which western staff notation was applied to Turkish music. Come to this one of a kind event to hear a special program of early Ottoman court, Sufi and entertainment music, performed by the DÜNYA ensemble with translations and projections of the Ali Ufki manuscript.

Location: AIC Center, 38 Newbury St. Suite 702 (7th Floor)
Date/Time: Saturday, December 10, 7pm
Price of admission: General: $15, Students/seniors: $10

 

 

SPRING 2011

JEWS AND SUFIS: A Shared Musical Tradition
with Edwin Seroussi

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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 brotherhoods. Leading scholar, Prof. Edwin Seroussi in a panel of three will speak on cultural, historical, religious and musical aspects of the topic, followed by dialogue with the audience.

The program will conclude with a lively recital featuring an ensemble of Jewish, Muslim and Christian vocalists and instrumentalists demonstrating examples of relevant musical repertoire.

Location: Congregation Beth El of the Sudbury River Valley
Date/Time: Monday, January 17, 2011, 7:30pm
Location: Turkish Cultural Center Boston
Date/Time: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 6:30pm
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn
Date/Time: Sunday, February 6, 2011, 2pm
Location: Boston University, Hillel House
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 5:30pm

 

İki Cihan Arasında / Between Two Worlds:
An Ottoman Musical Tapestry

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Folk, classical, religious and popular music of the Ottoman/Turkish tradition, interwoven with classical Ottoman music newly transcribed from 19th century Greek sources, Bektaşi Sufi music, Turkish-Jewish maftirim pieces in Hebrew based on Sufi music, and newly-composed polyphonic makam compositions.

Location: Stonehill College photos
Date/Time: Monday, March 7, 2011, 7pm
Location: Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center
Date/Time: Saturday, March 19, 2011, 7pm
Location: Harvard University, Busch Hall
Date/Time: Friday, March 25, 2011, 8pm
Location: New England Conservatory, Brown Hall photos
Date/Time: Monday, March 28, 2011, 8pm

2010

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 cancer in 2005. This benefit event is organized in order to contribute towards the treatment costs of a new drug.

Location: Havana Club, Central Square, Cambridge MA
Date/Time: Sunday, October 10, 7pm
Price of admission: $40

 

A TURKISH JAZZ/FUNK EVENING

Original compositions and select arrangements by Mehmet Sanlikol of Turkish folk songs and pop/rock classics by Erkin Koray and Baris Manco for horns and rhythm section combining the idioms of Jazz and Funk with a variety of Turkish and other world musics.

Location: RYLES Jazz Club
Date/Time: November 5, 9pm
Price of admission: $15

 

AN OTTOMAN TABLEAU OF FAITH

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Join us in an evening where the DUNYA ensemble will present an Ottoman tableaux of different religious musical practices in Islam, Greek Orthodoxy and Sephardic Judaism.

Location: Boston University, Hillel House 4th floor
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 17, 6pm
Price of admission: Free

 

SPRING 2010

A Valentine’s FASIL Night

In response to popular demand, and in keeping with DÜNYA’s commitment to representing the fullest possible range of musical styles/traditions associated with Turkey over the centuries, our FASIL ensemble is back on a special night with a special selection of Turkish art and folk music in its most infectious form.

Location: Red Fez
Date/Time: Sunday, February 14, 9pm

 


Gurbet elde bir hal geldi başıma /
Far from Home, I Fell into Sadness

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The DÜNYA ensemble explores the theme of gurbet—the experience of being in a foreign land—in the folk, classical, religious and popular music of the Ottoman Turkish tradition. In a program emphasizing Turkish vocal styles, traditional compositions and improvisations in Turkish modes (makam) are interwoven with original compositions and polyphonic experiments

Location: College of the Holy Cross
Date/Time: Thursday, March 25, 8pm
Location: Wesleyan University
Date/Time: Saturday, March 27, 8pm
Location: Bridgewater State College
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 30, 7:30pm
Location: New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 31, 8pm

 

ALEXANDER THE GREAT: Hero, Warrior and Lover
In collaboration with The Boston Camerata

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Alexander’s deeds, both real and legendary, inspired bardic poetry and song in pre-Christian, Christian, Jewish and Muslim societies alike. The second of DÜNYA’s east-west collaborations with The Boston Camerata brings together these diverse traditions in a performance of old and new music and improvisations based on sources from classical antiquity, from medieval Europe and from West Asia.

Location: First Lutheran Church
Date/Time: Friday, May 7, 8pm

 

 

2009

FALL 2009

A SACRED MUSIC CELEBRATION:
Greek Orthodoxy and Turkish Sufism
featuring Photis Ketsetzis, Şenol Filiz and Birol Yayla

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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) music.

These two traditions exhibit substantial musical and historical commonalities, and share many instances of mutual influence and cross-fertilization.

The concert will feature internationally acclaimed master musicians from Greece and Turkey: chanter Photis Ketsetzis, Professor of Byzantine Ecclesiastical Music at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology; and Şenol Filiz, ney and Birol Yayla, tanbur, the Istanbul-based duo YANSIMALAR, whose many recordings span the range of contemporary Turkish classical and Sufi music, original composition and music for film.

Location: Harvard University, Paine Hall
Date/Time: Friday, September 25, 8:00 pm
Price of admission: General: $20, students/seniors: $15

 

Dünya Size Güller Bize / For You the World For Us the Roses

This concert explores the many cultural layers of music in Turkey: rural and urban popular music, Sufi music, Greek music and Ottoman court music.

Location: Bowdoin College
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 14, 8:00 pm
Price of admission: FREE

 

JEWS AND SUFIS: A Sacred Bridge

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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 brotherhoods. A panel of three scholars will speak on cultural, historical, religious and musical aspects of the topic, followed by dialogue with the audience. The program will conclude with a lively 40-minute recital featuring an ensemble of Jewish, Muslim and Christian vocalists and instrumentalists demonstrating examples of relevant musical repertoire.

Location: Temple Beth Zion in Brookline
Date/Time: Thursday, October 29, 6:30pm
Price of admission: FREE
This program is funded in part by MassHumanities

 

SPRING 2009

HİCRAN: Songs of Separation

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A program of Turkish music full of longing—for love, for homeland, for God. An ensemble of five vocalists and instrumentalists presents an array of classical, folk, Sufi and popular songs, dances and improvisations representing two hundred years of music in Turkey.

Location: College of the Holy Cross (Worcester), Brooks Concert Hall
Date/Time: Monday, February 23, 8:00pm
Price of admission: FREE
Location: New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 24, 8:00pm
Price of admission: FREE

 

FASIL

Turkish art and folk music in its most infectious form in an intimate setting with food and drink where audience interaction is expected.

Location: Red Fez
Date/Time: Saturday, March 7, 9:00 pm
Price of admission: General: $15

 

Dünya Size Güller Bize / For You the World For Us the Roses
featuring Brenna MacCrimmon

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This concert will present the music and musicians featured on DÜNYA’s new CD by the same name, scheduled to be released at this concert, which explores the many cultural layers of music in Turkey: rural and urban popular music, Sufi music, Greek music and Ottoman court music.

Location: First Church in Cambridge
Date/Time: Friday, April 3, 8:30pm
Price of admission: General: $25, Students/Seniors: $20

 

A Festival of World Sacred Music

The DÜNYA ensemble will participate with in an array of other traditions from India, Indonesia, the Caribbean and Africa.

Location: College of the Holy Cross (Worcester), Brooks Concert Hall
Date/Time: Sunday, April 26
Price of admission: FREE