DÜNYA’s Documentary Film Premier Event*
What a World

What A World offers a captivating look at DÜNYA (the Turkish, Arabic, Persian, Greek word for “world”), a Boston-based musicians’ collective 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 event will 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


Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext

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 and innovative Turkish music influenced compositions in order to promote his new album. 

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


as part of the 2nd Boston Byzantine Music Festival 

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