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...

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....

Review: Omar Souleyman @ Babylon Bomonti

After Omar Souleyman's incredible performances at the One Love Music Festival and Babylon's former venue in Asmalımescit, his fans – me included – were...

Hip Hop Jam Artist Profile: Fate Fat

Fans of dubstep and gangsta rap are sure to get a kick out of Fate Fat (real name: Fatih Ucum), one of the rising...

Review: Iron & Wine @ Babylon Bomonti

The southern United States is quite a distance from Istanbul, but that didn’t prevent Sam Beam, better known by his stage name “Iron &...

Review: A Seductive Evening with Rhye @ Salon IKSV

The early 2010s were a genuinely great period for sexy indie albums. The XX's xx (2010), Bon Iver's Bon Iver, Bon Iver (2011) and How to Dress...

Review: Oh Land @ Babylon Bomonti

I have to admit that I wasn’t the biggest fan of Oh Land... until last Tuesday when I listened to her perform live on...

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: 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: GusGus @ Babylon Bomonti

In short: This review is written by a person who, before going to the GusGus concert last Thursday at Babylon Bomonti, knew only two...

Review: Nilüfer Verdi Trio feat. Ülkü Aybala Sunat @ Denizde Caz

A night cruise on the Bosphorus is always a good idea, as is a jazz concert by local musicians. Thankfully, The Primetime Cruise gave...

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...

Babylon Bomonti’s Housewarming with Flight Facilities

This past Thursday was a big day for Babylon and for those of us who missed the venue this summer. But the wait was...

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....

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...

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...

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...

In Conversation with Musician Enzo Ikah

Foreigners living in big cities all have something in common: the desire to live a better life. Most of them remain anonymous, but some,...

Liszt and more…

All 24 of the performances that took place last month as part of the Istanbul Music Festival were events not to miss, and several...

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...

Enchanting Trio: Mozart, Fazıl Say, and the Heybeliada Monastery

Among the most acclaimed and anticipated segment of this year's IKSV Music Festival was the Mozart Marathon with Fazıl Say. The former, a legend...

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...

“L’Italiano” in Town: Toto Cutugno

As the season comes to an end, concert venues entered the final days and weeks of their performances. Among my favorite venues this year...

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...

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