Review: Mor ve Ötesi @ Dorock XL Kadıköy

Sending “rock” waves through Turkey and the world for over 20 years, Mor ve Ötesi played to a jam-packed house last Saturday at Dorock...

Clash of Cool: Pete Doherty @ garajistanbul

“Shall we give him the egg now?” I panicked. “I don’t know,” Sam replied, half reaching into his satchel, “I just don’t know.” The evening up...

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...

Review: Borusan Philharmonic Featuring Nicola Benedetti and Leonard Elschenbroich

The March 13th program of the Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring Nicola Benedetti on the violin and Leonard Elschenbroich on the cello, was a program...

Patricia Kopatchinskaja and More @ İş Sanat

This season has been one of the finest and most bountiful of classical music Istanbul has ever witnessed. Over the course of the past...

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...

Piano Legend Murray Perahia with BIFO

What makes a piano superstar? Two Grammy Awards in the classical music genre? Numerous Gramophones? Honorary doctorates from highly heralded universities like Duke and...

In Conversation with The Away Days

I was introduced to The Away Days by their song “Galaxies” -- the sound was so unique. Probably because my friend who recommended the song...

In Conversation with the Sonikraf Team (Part 2)

In a continuation of my conversation with Matt Loftin, Utku Öğüt, Alper Erkut, Gabriel Clark and Paul Osterlund of Sonikraf, we discuss the history of the independent music scene in...

Review: Chinawoman @ Babylon Bomonti

Born in Canada to Russian parents, Michelle Gurevitch, or Chinawoman, is a happy new discovery for me, although I seem to be late to...

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...

Review: Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists @ IKSV Music Festival

Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists: For the past several years, I have been coming across this ensemble again and again. They've become regulars...

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...

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...

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...

Band Profile: Golden Horn

Ah, spring in the countryside... the chirping birds, the gentle rustling of the foliage in the welcome breeze, the warm shimmer of guitar reverb......

Barış Manço: 10-Song Starter Kit

How does one explain Barış Manço?  He is kind of like the Turkish John Denver, but with the notoriety of John Lennon and a...

Band Profile: The Young Shaven

There’s a music scene brewing in Istanbul, and it has been for the past few years. It’s no longer all cover bands and Türkü....

Yabangee Weekend Roundup: Friday 10 – Sunday 13 March

We’ve done our best to compile events we’re aware of. If you think we’ve forgotten one or want to see your event featured, please...

Saturday: “LOKALIZE: Büyük Ev Ablukada – Ay Şuram Ağrıyo” @ Zorlu...

Zorlu PSM will host the Turkish band Büyük Ev Ablukada for an acoustic performance on Saturday 27 May. The band will perform twice, starting at 16:00 and 19:00,...

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...

Rain or Shine, Minipax Played On

The Minipax Festival was besieged by rain storms for a second year in a row, much to the chagrin of most of the attendees....

Witty Thriller: Borusan Goes A Capella with Soli-Tutti

The terms “Soli-Tutti,” “A Capella” and “Borusan” seemed interesting enough of a trilogy to entice me to attend an evening of musical discovery on...

Review: Dhafer Youssef @ Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theatre

Perhaps he is not the kind of musician you hear about that often; you won’t see his pictures on billboards, nor can you watch...

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