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

A GENTLEMAN OF ISTANBUL [string orchestra with soloist]

Symphony for Strings, Percussion, Piano, Oud, Ney, and Tenor

  • 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

Composed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol

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

Recorded at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain (September 22, 2018)

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


String Orchestra

Commissioned by A Far Cry string orchestra. Composed in 2012.

This recording features A Far Cry at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (September 9, 2012).


Chamber Ensemble

Composed for A Story of the City: Constantinople, Istanbul production (2008).

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, piano, aulos
Eylem Başaldı, violin
Beth Bahia Cohen, violin
Peter Hanley, violin
Sam Dechenne, trumpet
Patriq Moody, trumpet
Bertram Lehmann, nekkare
Ekin Cengizkan, nekkare
Cem Mutlu, kös

Şu yalan dünya

Choir with soloist

Dedicated to the loving memory of Dr. Hüseyin Parkan Sanlıkol

Composed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol
Text by Karacaoğlan

Commissioned by Dünya Müziği Derneği

Performed by NEC Chamber Singers on Monday, April 25, 2016 at NEC’s Jordan hall
Erica J. Washburn, conductor
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, soloist
Richard Rivale, piano


Clarinet & Piano

WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCE from “Turkish Music Now” at Hoppa Project’s 2nd Annual Turkish Music Festival in Houston – hoppaproject.com

Julian Hernandez, clarinet

Erberk Eryılmaz, piano

Filmed on Saturday, January 19 2019 at Rice University, Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Duncan Recital Hall Organized in partnership with American Turkish Association of Houston and sponsored by Asia Society Texas Center and Rice University