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


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 


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: