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...

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...

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