Band Profile: Peripheral Dots

Peripheral dots is something you see when you get whacked in the head, strong enough to feel dizzy, but not too fatal to make...

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...

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......

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...

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....

Band Profile: Captain Jack and the Bleeding Hearts

Formerly known as the Coach Men, Captain Jack and the Bleeding Hearts have been rocking audiences since their inception back in 2007. Starting as...

Band Profile: Foton Kuşağı Strikes the Right Chords

After going through more bassists than Spinal Tap did drummers, Foton Kuşağı's lineup is finally set, and the band is ready to return to...

Review: Ayhan Sicimoğlu & Latin All Stars @ Babylon

Babylon has always been the perfect place to head to on a Saturday night in Asmalımescit. The venue hosts local artists as well as...

Live from Istanbul: The Phantom of the Opera Experience

I remember being five or six years old, and watching in awe as a pretty-looking, round-eyed young woman came on the TV screen, captivating...

In Conversation with Isaac Weiser of Istanbul Connection: Part-band, Part-destination

Recently, a collective of San Francisco-based musicians created a unique musical concept: a band whose primary aim is to reach a travel destination. Luckily...

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...

Review: Pinhâni @ Kadıköy Sahne

Howling winds and frigid cold this past Saturday night did little to dissuade a group of us from attending the Pinhâni show at Kadıköy...

Review: Romeo & Giulietta Changing the World with their Love

Timeless masterpieces transcend their own genre and become a source of inspiration for artists across all mediums. Istanbul is currently witness to one of the...

Review: Charlie Parker Tribute @ Salon IKSV

Since 2011, Salon IKSV has been organizing special sessions to pay tribute to some of the most unforgettable names in jazz. Each year these...

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...

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...

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...

Parov Stelar and Oi Va Voi: A Proper Dance Party at...

A few months ago, I never would have believed that listening to a fusion of jazz and electronic music would be a pleasant or...

Rubber Walrus: Terrifyingly Sexual

There is something terrifyingly sexual about Rubber Walrus. This, in the same way that there is something terrifyingly sexual about being a seventeen-year-old boy,...

Review: Ane Brun @ Küçükçiftlik Park

With her Norwegian roots, amazingly unique covers and acoustic performances, Ane Brun took the audience to her somewhat sad but mostly peaceful musical world...

Introducing Sonikraf: Gaining International Exposure for Independent Musicians

A new bilingual website, Sonikraf, has arrived to the scene. Focused on increasing international exposure for independent musicians in both Turkish and English, the project...

Istanbul International A Cappella Choir: The Voice of Istanbul

Guest Post by Sheldon Heyes. This post first appeared on Sheldon Heyes' website, Istanbul in Ink.  What do you get when a Brazilian diplomat, a Syrian...

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...

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...

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