Grammy Award-winning Night in Calisia at the CRR

Just a couple of days after the Berlin Konzerthaus Chamber Orchestra, CRR was the host of a very unique evening: they brought together on...

Berlin Konzerthaus: European Delight at the CRR

The Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall is hosting quite a program this year, and it finished October off with impressive performances back to back. Among...

Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall: The 2014 Season’s End

And so continues my quest to cover all the performance halls in Istanbul, in the name of art and music. And the next venue...

Menuhin’s Prodigious Youth Perform in the Bach Festival

If you are into classical music at all, there is no chance that you have not heard of Yehudi Menuhin. He is the single most...

Review: Chet Faker @ Volkswagen Arena

I have a theory about Chet Faker: he is not really a musician but instead a ninja in disguise. And during last Saturday's concert...

The Zorlu Center PSM: An Overview of the 2014-2015 Season

I am an avid follower of the stage performance scene in Istanbul, which has just kicked off what looks to be an impressive year. While...

Review: Konstantin Lifschitz, Effortless in Istanbul

Istanbul has been around since 660 B.C., back when it was Byzantium. Bach is more than 300 years old. Neve Shalom Synagogue is from...

Review: Coldplace @ Bronx Pi Sahne

Let me set the scene: it's a summer night in 2000 and I'm inside my first car. I approach a traffic light while listening...

Raquy Danziger: Darbuka Drummer Extraordinaire

A darbuka drum is a Middle Eastern instrument whose structure varies depending on location. They all have a conical shape with a nearly circular...

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...

Istanbul’s Next Big Concert Venue: Your Apartment

For those who are new to the city or unfamiliar with Turkish artists, Istanbul’s local music scene might seem alluring, if also slightly out...

Review: Randy Esen Quartet ft. Şenova Ülker @ Denizde Caz

A night cruise on the Bosphorus has been on my list of things to do for a few years now. But at the same...

Taxim Sound: Reggae, Dancehall, Carribean and Urban Sounds in the Heart...

Announcing the newest force in reggae, dancehall and urban sounds! Get acquainted with Taxim Sound, a group of four music buffs with a love...

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...

Ibrahim Tatlıses for Beginners

It started as good a time as any – on a dolmuş to Hasankeyif with a crate of live chickens on my lap. I had...

Hot, Intense and Smooth: 2CELLOS in Istanbul

I discovered 2CELLOS by chance about a year ago through their cello duet cover of "Smooth Criminal." I usually do not like Michael Jackson...

A Pleasant Evening with Monica Molina

It seems that the staff at the Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Amphitheater had me in mind when scheduling this month's program. It feels as if...

Emma Shapplin Wows Rain or Shine

Saturday evening, the Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Amphitheater hosted one of the most unique names in cross-over music, Emma Shapplin: a coloratura soprano who has...

Fazıl Say enchants us in poetic style at Burgazada

The stars twinkled overhead. Subtle waves lapped along the shore, caressing the rocks, sand, and the deck ever so gently. It was mid-summer, and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Fusion Jazz of Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke

On Tuesday night, the Haliç Congress Centre came alive with the sounds of fusion jazz as Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke took to the...

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