Concluding IKSV’s Jazz Festival – An Evening with the Masters

By Julián Muñoz Villarreal and Elizabeth Stern The final concert of the Istanbul IKSV Jazz Festival took place this past Wednesday evening against the lush...

Transcending decades and genres with Erol Evgin

Friends and family were surprised when I announced that I had tickets for the Erol Evgin concert at the Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre...

Review: 23rd Istanbul Jazz Festival Opening @ Cemil Topuzlu

Imagine a night that Damon Albarn opens the 23rd Istanbul Jazz Festival at Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre and then the Arabic ‘Ada Sahillerinde Bekliyorum’...

Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy: Review of Babylon’s Soundgarden

Two of our contributors, Erin West and Will Dawson, had an epic day at Babylon’s Soundgarden on Saturday. Things got so crazy they even...

Hunting for Records in Istanbul, Part 1: Beyoğlu

For many commentators, the digital music revolution catalysed by iTunes over a decade ago signaled the end of all physical formats of music. With...

In Conversation with the Sonikraf Team (Part 1)

Searching for new music? Look no further! A group of independent musicians in Istanbul have launched Sonikraf.com, a site featuring reviews and links to...

Review: Pink Martini @ İş Sanat

Going to a Pink Martini concert is essentially embarking on a trip around a stimulating mix of cultures, languages and instruments. Pink Martini doesn't...

Raskatov’s Crying in the Wilderness @ St. Irene

One of the most intriguing programs of the IKSV Istanbul Music Festival was without a doubt the evening that featured the renowned Russian composer...

Review: múm Presents Menschen am Sonntag @ Salon IKSV

Do you like Nordic spirit? Do you like cold, smooth Icelandic melodies? Do you like 1930s vibes? What about a black and white silent...

In Conversation With Milk Hunter @ Rock Off Festival

By Selin Genç & Gökay Atabek All metalheads of Istanbul anticipate the summer. Every year in August the two biggest metal festivals take place. Rock...

Waltzing into the New Year with BIFO

Even though the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra bid goodbye to 2013 in solemn style with its performance of Beethoven's magnificent yet weighty masterpiece Missa...

Coming Soon: Caz Festivali @ Zorlu PSM

Zorlu PSM will host their Caz Festivali from Wednesday 3 through Friday 12 May. The concerts will take place across different stages. Tickets for the concerts...

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,...

Review: Kaan Düzarat, Todd Edwards and Julio Bashmore at Babylon Bomonti

One rainy, windy and rather cold Friday in early February, I spontaneously decided that an electronic show at Babylon Bomonti – conveniently within walking distance...

Review: Incesaz @ Salon IKSV

Salon IKSV, one of our favorite stops between the neighborhoods of Galata and Şişhane, continues to bring delightful performances to their stage. Last Thursday...

Magical Encounters with Turquerie: The Ottoman Magic

Among the impressive list of twenty-six concerts, the evening of “Turquerie: The Ottoman Magic” was the evening that I had been looking forward to...

In Conversation with 123

One of our contributors, Mustafa Çankaya, recently sat down with a few members of the Turkish band 123 to talk about music, life in...

Hunting for Records in Istanbul, Part 2: Kadıköy

In the first part of this series, I spent the day browsing through Beyoğlu’s record shops. A few days later, once the gloomy weather had...

Violin’s Global Star Sarah Chang @ İş Sanat

There are certain names that you just cannot dismiss. And Sarah Chang is at the forefront of these names. YouTube has thousands of videos...

Perlman, the King of Classic, Marks the Season

This musical season has been the year of ultimates. Concert halls and performance centers have hosted the greatest names of their genre: From Murray...

In Conversation with Rubber Walrus and The Medical Phalanx of Space

On Thursday, 17 April, three bands will take to the stage at Roxy in Cihangir. Amongst them are two yabangee-populated groups, Rubber Walrus and...

In Conversation: Musician Hande Başaran

Hande Başaran is a Renaissance woman: musician, singer, mother, kindergarten teacher and all-round creator. When I first heard Hande perform, I was struck by the...

Review: Hamdi Akatay & Tepecik Filarmoni Orkestrası @ Babylon Bomonti

A Thursday night spent in Babylon Bomonti never disappoints. Last week, I finally made it to see Hamdi Akatay & Tepecik Philharmonic Orchestra on stage....

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...

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