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This trio album is modeled after the structure of a Sufi whirling (Mevlevi) dervish ritual (ayin), with influences from John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”.

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This single features special guests Anat Cohen, Antonio Sanchez and Miguel Zenon, and it is about the contributions of Boston to the greater jazz scene.

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Commissioned by NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman “The Rise Up: Stories of Strife, Struggle and Inspiration” is an extended composition that combines traditional Turkish instruments and voices with the jazz language in a cosmopolitan and an internalized fashion.

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Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext? featuring guest artists Anat Cohen, Dave Liebman, Tiger Okoshi and Antonio Sanchez. Whatsnext? performs Sanlıkol’s 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”  

Directed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol
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Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol presents his modern jazz compositions for 17-piece jazz orchestra as well as compositions specifically influenced by Turkish music for 13-piece jazz combo featuring Middle Eastern instruments.                                      
 
Directed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol
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This single features two songs, which fuse American Soul music with Turkish traditional and pop musics, that were composed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol in early 1997 as part of a larger Turkish pop music album project. That album was recorded in the Spring of 1997 however, it was never released. During the Summer of 2013 Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol found the original ADAT tapes in the basement of his parents’ house and transferred these two pieces onto digital platform in order to release them after 17 years.
 
 
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A choir of Greeks and Turks, and DÜNYA ensemble featuring Greek, Turkish and American musicians perform together a program of Greek Orthodox (Byzantine) and Turkish Sufi (Mevlevi) music with special guests Photios Ketsetzis, Şenol Filiz, Birol Yayla
 
Directed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol
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featuring Schola Cantorum, Ensemble Trinitas, The New England Mehterhane and five different DÜNYA ensembles.
 
Directed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol
 
DÜNYA ensemble with special guests Brenna MacCrimmon and Erkan Oğur
 
Directed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol and Robert Labaree
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bird sounds, bird music and bird poetry from the Middle East and Europe
featuring DÜNYA ensemble and guests
 
Directed by Robert Labaree
Turkish Music, Intimate and Public
featuring four different DÜNYA ensembles
 
Directed by Robert Labaree and Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol
 
 
 
 
 
Greek and Turkish Cypriot musicians present the musical traditions of the island of Cyprus
 
Directed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol
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An interfaith concert of sacred music exploring the shared traditions of Judaism, Turkish Sufism, Greek Orthodoxy and Protestant Christianity
 
Directed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol and Robert Labaree
 
 
 
 

Turkish songs and instrumental music on love and its consequences featuring DÜNYA ensemble and The Brookline Kız Korosu (girls’ chorus)

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The musical journey of this concert DVD moves from the traditional to the original, making its way, at the same time, from city to town to village.

In Part I of the concert, DÜNYA and Mavi Dance present the traditional music and characters of the Istanbul shadow puppet theater Karagöz and Hacivat. The traditional selections represented in this section are performed with an ensemble that bears the city identity of Karagöz.

In Part II we move from city to town with a half composed, half improvised musical theatre piece based on a story about the famous folkloric character Nasreddin Hoca which includes themes and songs from the Bektaşi Sufi tradition.

In Part III the concert closes with the 60-piece PALS Children’s Chorus and DÜNYA performing an original composition by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol about the foolish Keloğlan, the poor village ‘bald boy’. This composition combines a trio of     Turkish traditional instruments with a Western piano trio. The folkloric characters in all three parts of the program are comic, but they also share strong connections to traditions of Turkish folk wisdom which at times overlap with both conventional   religion and secular philosophy. Purchase this DVD — Watch Video