A Song for those in Love with God

Türki beray-ı Aşıkan-ı Hüda / A Song for those in Love with God
text: Şahin (17th c.) music: anonymous
Transcribed by Ali Ufki
Edited by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, voice, üç telli
Robert Labaree, çeng, voice

Recorded and mixed by John Weston at Futura Productions

An Afro Semai



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

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


Jazz Orchestra

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

The ensemble was conducted by
Ken Pullig.

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


Small Group

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

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



Originally released in 1998 on AudioFact’s 1st album, entitled “Black Spot”. This remix was created by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol and Onur Türkmen in 2000.

A story of the City

Constantinople, Istanbul

The many layers of communal memory in this program proceed through Greek Orthodox music, secular Greek music, Crusader songs, music of the Ottoman ceremonial and military ensembles, Ottoman court music, Sufi ceremonial music, Turkish folk music, Sephardic Jewish songs, urban music of the Armenians and Turks, and finally contemporary urban popular music full of longing and protest. On its own, each piece may communicate celebration, love, devotion or military might, but taken together, the mood of melancholy is unmistakable, which by now has been permanently woven into the fabric of this thriving cosmopolitan city.

Schola Cantorum, Ensemble Trinitas, The New England Drum and Winds Mehterhane, DÜNYA İnce Saz Ensemble, DÜNYA Anadolu Folk Ensemble, DÜNYA Fasıl Ensemble and DÜNYA Arabesk Ensemble