A Dozen of the Best: The 12 Cellists of the Berlin...

The Istanbul Music Festival is always a highlight of the summer. This is the forty-third year of the festival, and the central theme this time...

Review: Sara Baras @ Zorlu Center

Although it was not specifically advertised in the promotion, Sara Baras came to Istanbul to present her show Voces (Voices). The artist from Cadiz...

Dance of Fire with Ursula Lopez

The TIM Maslak Show Center is a venue that offers myriad alternatives, from ballet to modern circus to music of various genres. And several...

Review: Coldplace @ Bronx Pi Sahne

Let me set the scene: it's a summer night in 2000 and I'm inside my first car. I approach a traffic light while listening...

Review: Selda Bağcan @ Babylon Bomonti

I finally had my very own Selda Bağcan moment that I've been waiting for for so long. Thanks to Babylon Bomonti for their dope...

Yabangee Wine Tasting: An Informal Attempt

Turkey is home to some of the world’s oldest wine making traditions, particularly along its Western coastal regions near the Marmara and Aegean seas....

It’s All Fun and Games with the Harlem Globetrotters

Even though I do enjoy an occasional soccer match or basketball game, I am not a big sports fan. However, I was miffed three...

Berlin Konzerthaus: European Delight at the CRR

The Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall is hosting quite a program this year, and it finished October off with impressive performances back to back. Among...

The Away Days Return Home @ Salon IKSV

The Away Days don’t sound like your average Istanbul band, but then again, how does an “average Istanbul band” even sound? With a city...

Review: Youn Sun Nah @ Borusan Muzik Evi

The Borusan Muzik Evi.  As you enter, you have already forgiven yourself for often being dazzled by the large Shake Shack sign down the...

BIPO Ends the Season with Aida, Commemorating La Diva Turca

The increasing temperature is not the only signal that summer is just around the corner. One by one, the concert halls are wrapping up their...

Review: Goran Bregovic @ Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Amphitheater

Goran Bregovic's latest album, Champagne for Gypsies (2012), was intended as a criticism of the recent discrimination against the Roma people, one of the largest European...

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...

Review: Balthazar @ ROXY Club

Brussels, March 26, 2006. Backstage at the Ancienne Belgique concert venue, ten beginning bands are trying to keep calm. One of them will win...

The Interwoven Worlds of Yaşar Kemal and Slim Memed

Before Orhan Pamuk came to prominence in the West and launched Turkey once more into the international literary scene, Yaşar Kemal was Turkey’s best...

Small Projects Istanbul: Emphasizing Education

“They first need to learn Turkish to be better integrated into their Turkish communities -- namely, their schools,” stressed Anna Tuson, the communication manager...

For all the barefoot dancers: Patti Smith in Istanbul

“The artist seeks contact with his intuitive sense of the gods, but in order to create his work, he cannot stay in this seductive...

Büyülü Fener: A Magic Lantern to Istanbul’s Past

A middle aged man passes under a vivid yet rustic sign that reads BÜYÜLÜ FENER, which fits like a puzzle piece among the colors of...

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...

Beethoven is in the Air

2013 was a blessed year for classical music lovers and it looks like the bounty will continue on to the year 2014. Let's take...

Emma Shapplin Wows Rain or Shine

Saturday evening, the Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Amphitheater hosted one of the most unique names in cross-over music, Emma Shapplin: a coloratura soprano who has...

The Fusion Jazz of Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke

On Tuesday night, the Haliç Congress Centre came alive with the sounds of fusion jazz as Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke took to the...

Review: Luis Ernesto Gomez & Latin Jazz Band @ Nardis Jazz...

This weekend, I visited Nardis Jazz Club, just a few metres away from our beautiful Galata Tower, to catch Luis Ernesto Gomez & Latin Jazz Band. Despite visiting the venue on...

IKSV Music Festival: Opening Night @ Lütfi Kırdar Sarayı

The classical season is officially over. The 2013-2014 season in Istanbul was one of the greatest seasons I have ever experienced. It was a...

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