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

An Afro Semai

Combo

featuring,

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, kaba zurna
Tom Zajac, kaba zurna
Mark Zaleski, alto sax.
Jerry Sabatini, trumpet
Clayton DeWalt, trombone
Utar Artun, piano
Fernando Huergo, bass
Bertram Lehmann, nekkare
Cem Mutlu, kös
Engin Günaydın, drums

Production
Directed by Cem Eskinazi & Orcun Aslan
Edited by Cem Eskinazi

The 7th Day

Piano Trio

This video is a genuine reflection on the cycle of life.

Composed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol — from “An Elegant Ritual” now available on ALL streaming platforms and Bandcamp

Performed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, piano, voice; James Heazlewood-Dale, bass; and George Lernis, drums

Video directed and edited by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol

Camera operators: Dr. Hüseyin Parkan Sanlıkol, Christo Tsiaras, William Mozes, Serap Kantarcı Sanlıkol, Suzi Sanlıkol, Rowan Guilderson, and a number of friends whom I cannot remember that filmed the footage from the 90s.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by John Weston

Palindrome

Combo

composed in 2011.

featuring,

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, ney, kaba zurna
Jerry Sabatini, trumpet
Sam Dechenne, trumpet
Mark Zaleski, clarinet, alto sax.
Aaron Henry, tenor sax.
Chris Gagne, trombone
Kathy Olson, bass clarinet, bari. sax.
Lefteris Kordis, piano
Phil Sargent, electric guitar
Fernando Huergo, electric bass
Bertram Lehmann, nekkare
Engin Günaydın, kös
Cem Mutlu, drums

Better stay home

Combo

Composed in 1998.

featuring,
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, piano, harpsichord
Sam Dechenne, trumpet
Mark Zaleski, alto sax.
Aaron Henry, tenor sax.
Chris Gagne, trombone
Kathy Olson, bari. sax.
Phil Sargent, electric guitar
Fernando Huergo, electric bass
Engin Günaydın, drums

N.O.H.A.

Jazz Orchestra

This footage is from Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol’s BPC concert in 1997.

The ensemble was conducted by
Ken Pullig.

featuring,
Bruce Nifong, alto sax.
Phil Stockli, alto sax., flute
Anat Cohen, tenor sax., clarinet
Ryan Woodward, tenor sax.
Thomas Trullson, bari. sax.
Kevin Hupe, trumpet
Wolfgang Hauptli, trumpet, flugel horn
David Stangarone, trumpet, flugel horn
Avishai Cohen, trumpet, flugel horn
Nick Vagenas, trombone
Nathan Paris, trombone
Ben Elkins, bass trombone
Nicolas Barry, guitar
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, moog realistic, piano
Christian Fabian, bass
Cengiz Baysal, drums

Kozan March

Jazz Orchestra

Traditional Cypriot folk song arranged in 1997.

This footage is from Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol’s BPC concert in 1997. The ensemble was conducted by Ken Pullig.

featuring,
Bruce Nifong, alto & soprano sax.
Phil Stockli, alto sax.
Anat Cohen, tenor sax., clarinet
Ryan Woodward, tenor sax.
Thomas Trullson, bari. sax.
Kevin Hupe, trumpet
Wolfgang Hauptli, trumpet
David Stangarone, trumpet
Avishai Cohen, trumpet
Nick Vagenas, trombone
Nathan Paris, trombone
Ben Elkins, bass trombone
Nicolas Barry, guitar
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, piano
Christian Fabian, bass
Cengiz Baysal, drums

Hasret

Small Group

Composed in 2007. Live at Borusan Music House, Jan. 11, 2013.

featuring,
Jerry Sabatini, trumpet
Aaron Henry, soprano sax.
Erkan Oğur, fretless guitar
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, piano, voice
Jose Pienasola, acoustic bass
Cem Mutlu, drums

Umut

Small Group

This track is from DÜNYA Ensemble’s album, entitled “Dünya Size Güller Bize / For You The World, For Us The Roses”.

featuring,
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, piano, ney, voice
Erkan Oğur, fretless guitar
Jose Pienasola, bass
Cem Mutlu, drums