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Listen to this episode of New Sounds where the host, John Schaefer, presents An Afro Semai from Resolution by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext? 

Listen to this episode of New Sounds where the host, John Schaefer, presents DÜNYA’s A Story of the City: Constantinople, Istanbul


Listen to Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol explain Muslim diversity through his jazz compositions

Listen to Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol discuss his sociopolitical impressions of Turkey in 2014 as well as introduce his jazz orchestra album

Listen to Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol discuss DÜNYA’s A Story of the City: Constantinople, Istanbul double CD set


Listen to Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol discuss the diversity of Islamic Culture and his jazz orchestra CD, Resolution 

Listen to Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol discuss Othello in the Seraglio and the Muslim identity in Boston

Listen to Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol and Robert Labaree discuss Othello in the Seraglio

Listen to this 7 minute-long piece on Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol’s jazz orchestra CD, entitled Whatsnext?

Listen to Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, Cem Mutlu and Robert Labaree discuss DÜNYA and their recent double CD release, A Story of the City: Constantinople, Istanbul


Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol and Theodoulos Vakanas discussed DÜNYA’s Music of Cyprus CD on NPR’s Here & Now with Robin Young in 2007


Cultures mingle in new coffeehouse opera in Rockport this weekend
by Gail McCarthy

Gloucester Times, June 8, 2016

Worlds collide in a coffeehouse opera this weekend that weaves a tale inspired by William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Othello” with a Turkish twist and…



More reviews of Othello in the Seraglio here 

Reviews of Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext? here


Rooted in world music
by Erica Thompson 

The Boston Globe, May 29, 2012

Who: Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, What: Sanlikol is the director of DÜNYA, a nonprofit organization concerned with developing and learning about world music. DÜNYA took the stage at…



Early Music Groups Gear Up for Alexander the Great 
by Alexander Varty

Georgia Straight, April 11, 2012

Advance word on Alexander the Great: Hero, Warrior, Lover is that it’s a collaboration between an acclaimed early-music group, the Boston Camerata, and an equally admirable Turkish-American ensemble, Dünya. The truth is a little more complex than that…



The Music of Istanbul’s Inhabitants – a journey in time
by Aaron Howard

Jewish Herald-Voice, December 29, 2011

Many people know that Istanbul was the capital of the Ottoman Empire for five centuries. But, most forget the city also was capital of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire before that for 10 centuries. Thus, if one wanted to explore Istanbul’s many-layered communal history through music, you’d have to start with Greek Orthodox Church and Byzantine secular music. Then, one might visit Crusader songs…



Dunya Ensemble Traces 1000 Years of Istanbul Music on a Massive Double Album
by delarue

Lucid Culture, November 30, 2011

Boston-based Turkish music group Dunya Ensemble has two new double albums out. The first of these is the lavish A Story of the City: Constantinople, Istanbul, a dreamlike, surreal and sometimes ghostly creation…



A Masterful Voyage through the Musical History of Istanbul
by Aromero

World Music Central, October 18, 2011

One of the most interesting releases scheduled for November 2011 is the two CD set titled A Story of the City…



A Story of the City: Constantinople Istanbul
by David Luhrssen

Express Milwaukee, October 9, 2011

Istanbul, or Constantinople as it was known for much of its history, was always one of the crossroads of the world. As the place where Asia meets Europe and the Black Sea flows into Mediterranean, the city was the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires…


Print Media

Playing for the Planet unites activist musicians
by Andrew Gilbert

The Boston Globe, November 11, 2011

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol is one of the musicians performing at the Playing for the Planet concert. Warren Senders figures that a global crisis requires an international response…



Muslims and Jews, in Harmony
by Jim Ball 

The Jewish Advocate, January 21, 2011

“You can’t build walls high enough to keep out the penetration of music,” said ethnomusicologist Robert Labaree. “You can’t stop music.” The New England Conservatory professor spoke at Congregation Beth El of Sudbury as part of a Martin Luther King Day program that focused on the little known 1,500 year connection…



Listen to the music of Cyprus / Kıbrıs’ın Sesi’ne kulak verin
by Burçin Tuncer

North Cyprus Magazine, 2008

The island of Cyprus is known for its multicultural structure, a historical legacy of thousands of years of inter-civilizational interaction. For long years, Greeks and Turks have lived on this island together, enjoying and disliking similar things…



by Roanna Forman

Artscope, Nov./Dec. 2007

That line, from Dunya’s 2006 concert production of “Wisdom and Turkish Humor”, sums up the organization’s raison d’etre and extraordinary appeal. Directror Mehmet Ali Sanlikol founded the organization with Robert Labaree in 2004 to “find creative ways to show paradoxes found in parallel, but contradictory…



Turkish, Western traditions in harmony
by David Perkins

The Boston Globe, October 31, 2006

The concert began with a rumble of drums, followed by a blare of trumpets and shawms of the sort that must have terrified Vienna when the Ottomans besieged the city in 1683. It ended with a laughing arrangement of Mozart’s ”Rondo Alla turca” written a century later…



Get a taste of Turkey at Ryles, 
by Bob Young

Boston Herald, November 18, 2005

”I Will Survive” in Turkish? A lute slicing through a funk tune? Armenian rap? Get ready for Middle Eastern Rap, Funk and Disco Night at Ryles in Cambridge tonight…



by Cemil Özyurt

Turk of America, April 2005

Since last year music enthusiasts in Boston have been able to enjoy themselves at a variety of music concerts, randing from Sufi music, from Anatolian Rock to the songs of famous…



Turkish Arabesk, 
by Matuya Brand

Weekly Dig, April 16, 2004

Arabesk is like rap music – brewed in the ghetto as a response to issues of social justice but increasingly popular. Its popularization, however, says Mehmet Sanlikol, a doctoral student at the New England Conservatory, lacks depth and meaning…