A GENTLEMAN OF ISTANBUL [string orchestra with soloist]

A GENTLEMAN OF ISTANBUL: Symphony for Strings, Percussion, Piano, Oud, Ney, and Tenor [string orchestra with soloist]

  • I. Clocks and Bells of Vienna – Allegro
  • II. Death of Kaya Sultan – Jazz Ballad
  • III. Vegetarian Dervishes – Semai
  • IV. Alexander the Great – Devr-i Kebir and Vivace

Commissioned by A Far Cry, composed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol,
Performed by A Far Cry, Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol and George Lernis

A VICIOUS MURDER [expanded jazz orchestra with soloist]

A VICIOUS MURDER [expanded jazz orchestra with soloist]

According to some, Rumi composed some of the most beautiful mystical poetry ever written after the murder of Shams (his beloved teacher and friend) by the people of Konya who were jealous of their close relationship.

Composed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol – Performed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext? featuring Dave Liebman and conducted by Ken Schaphorst

From “THE RISE UP: Stories of Strife, Struggle and Inspiration”
Video directed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, edited by Christo Tsiaras

HARABAT/THE INTOXICATED [Orchestra with soloist]

HARABAT/THE INTOXICATED [Orchestra with soloist]

Composed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol
Text: Edip Harabi (1853-1917)

Commissioned by Carnegie Hall / ACO
Performed by American Composers Orchestra
George Manahan, Music Director and Conductor
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, Vocals and Ud

Recorded by American Composers Orchestra live on April 1, 2016 at Zankel Hall in the program Orchestra Underground: Eastern Wind – www.americancomposersorchestra.org