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Yarim İstanbul…

  Bazen durup düşünürüm. En tatlı, en iyi, en etkileyici, en heyecan verici, en romantik, en acılı… İstanbul’un geçtiği şarkı hangisidir diye. Kimi zaman spesifik, yani, semt, ilçe, gibi yerlerle özdeşleşmiş şarkılar gelir aklıma, kimi zaman da İstanbul’un portreleri, sonbaharı, ada sahilleri… Saymakla bitmez, en azından serbest zihin akışı ile sıralamak[…]

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Istanbul Jazz Festival is Kicking Off

  The 23rd Istanbul Jazz Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) will be held on 27 June-25 July 2016. This year’s festival will once again host the pre-eminent figures of jazz and stars of contemporary music in different venues around Istanbul. Over 200 Turkish and[…]

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Here Comes the Istanbul Music Festival

  A marathon full of music and Shakespeare is about to start. The 44th Istanbul Music Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) will take place between June 1 – 24, 2016. The festival will present music lovers with an impressive programme built around this year’s[…]

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A Night With Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong from Milliyet Newspaper Archives

İstanbul is full of stories and legends. You just need to scratch the surface. My story will be a little popular one concerning Satchomo or Pops or aka Louis Armstrong. The American jazz trumpeter, composer, came to İstanbul with his Orchestra All Stars to perform for 3 nights. Two of[…]

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34 Auto Maintenance Centre

Baba Zula 34 Auto Maintenance Centre

They originated from İstanbul in 1996, a unique group I have to say. Even though they are classified as Turkish Psychedelic music I have always seen, accepted and cherished them as the music ambassadors of İstanbul. Hence concomitant of Anatolia rhythms and tonality.  Dwelling into the culture, backstreets, music halls[…]

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25th Akbank Jazz Festival

25. Akbank Jazz Festival

  I strongly believe that each city has its own music. Sounds arising from daily activities, noises of people commenting and arguing.. All merge with the sea breeze of Bosphorus in Istanbul. And now another tune will diffuse in the city from 21 October to 1 November. Already considered a[…]

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Zeki Müren

Zeki Müren

Everybody likes to know about the local music is and sounds like when they visit a country. Music, in Turkey is tremendously rich and deep. We have pioneers and entrepreneurs in the field that most visitors are not even aware of. And of course the locals when asked the questions[…]

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Bomonti, more than a neighbourhood

Bomonti, brewery, Istanbul

More than a hundred years ago… A brewery -the first major brewery in Turkey- set up by the Swiss Walter and Adolf ‘Bomonti’ brothers in Istanbul. Bomonti, was one of the first industrial neighbourhoods of Istanbul and named after the brewery. Bomonti, is also the name of a popular Turkish malt[…]

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