More Mozart, More Fazıl Say, More Delight @ IKSV Music Festival

And so the evening of Mozart Sonatas performed by renowned Turkish pianist and composer Fazıl Say at Heybeliada came to an end. After having...

Review: Mashrou’ Leila @ Bronx Pi Sahne

On Friday, Nov. 28, a group of friends and I were getting pumped for a concert in Istanbul that we had all been looking forward...

The Kronos Quartet Crawls into Our Souls at the CRR

I remember very clearly the day that I was introduced to the Kronos Quartet. It was 1992 and I was in seventh grade. It...

Persian Tunes in an Old Schoolyard: A Summer’s Night with Mahsa...

It is a perfect Istanbul summer night after a hot July day. The Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat enters the stage and tells the audience...

Klarnet Festivali: Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra and Ivo Papazov & Trakia...

After a year of exploring Istanbul and getting to know the locals, two things became very clear to me – Turkish people seem to...

Review: Ilhan Erşahin’s Istanbul Sessions @ Babylon Bomonti

I was pretty upset about missing Ilhan Erşahin perform on the Denizde Caz cruise this August. So when I checked Babylon Bomonti’s Fall &...

Review: Michael Franti @ Babylon Bomonti

Michael Franti was in Istanbul last week to perform again for the first time in over a decade. While his full band Spearhead wasn’t...

An Evening with Popist Supper Club: Istanbul’s Newest Pop-Up Dining Experience

There is an old Turkish saying stating if you are bored with Istanbul, you are bored with life. Although Istanbul is rarely boring there...

Have a Reggae Christmas (Luciano the Messenger @ Nayah Reggae Bar)

What better way to spend Christmas Eve than getting down to the conscious reggae vibes bestowed upon Nayah Reggae bar by Luciano the Messenger,...

Life under Occupation: A Review of Eleni by Nicholas Gage

When Mosul was invaded in June, one of the first announcements made by ISIS was that the civilians within their territory would be treated...

How Bazaar: Istanbul’s Best Markets

When one thinks of shopping in Istanbul, there’s one particular place that usually springs to mind. The city’s most famous market, the Grand Bazaar,...

Turkish Coffee from Beans to Telve – A Global and Local...

Like many of history’s greatest culinary discoveries, that of coffee stemmed from a noisy, restless goat and his attendant farmer’s desire for an undisturbed...

Telling Stories Through Glass: The Mosaics of Ravenna @ Istanbul Archaeological...

Mosaics, which are created from either glass, stone or shards of pottery, represent some of the earliest forms of human art from the Roman...

Celebrating Beethoven with Buchbinder (and some Mozart on the side)

Many of us might not have known about pianist Rudolf Buchbinder earlier. However, we all learned his name well last month: He was the...

Notre Dame de Paris: Timeless for a Reason

“Belle” is the only word I know that suits her well When she dances oh, the stories she can tell.... She dances naked in my soul...

Look Familiar? Five Movies Set in Istanbul

People say that cities have a personality. I disagree. For me a city has a genre. A category of literature or movies that jumps...

Let the Child be Named Peace: E-refugee.com Review

You have no home. You have no address. You are a refugee. With those words we enter a dystopian universe, a black comedy in which the owner...

Review: Louis Armstrong Tribute @ Salon IKSV

Satchmo, Ambassador Satch, Dippermouth, Pops or, as he is most widely known, Louis Armstrong - yes, last night was the big man’s turn for...

Review: IKSV 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial

At its core, the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, titled The Future Is Not What It Used To Be, encourages you to think and rethink...

Persian Play is Highlight of the 20th Theatre Festival

As we transition into summer from spring, so have begun the series of IKSV Festivals: the just over Theatre Festival, the ongoing Music Festival,...

Come what may, Spoken Word Istanbul is here to stay

“There are just three rules: No Racism, no sexism, and no homophobia.” Rules? I thought this was an open-mic event. There shouldn’t be any rules. “You...

Soundgarden Festival, Reviewed

Aahh, early summer in Istanbul. The sun is shining, the weather is sweet. And it's weekend festival season. Yeeeaaah. This Saturday, Parkorman, home to the...

Joshua Bell: From Childhood Crush to Global Superstar and into Istanbul…

The year is 1990. I am a fifth grader at the American International School in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and a first year violin student...

Marking the Season with BIPO and the Salzburg Bach Choir

The Borusan Philharmonic is one of the most popular of orchestras in Turkey. They take the stage every month or so at the Lütfi...

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