Jazz Orchestra CD recording in progress

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During May 2012 Sanlıkol took 13 musicians to record 5 compositions he scored for the jazz combo to the award-winning recording studio, Futura Productions. He was able to accomplish this goal since he had just received funds due to getting commissioned to compose a new piece entitled, Palindrome. This May Sanlıkol is going back to Futura but, this time with a 17-piece band to complete his jazz orchestra album, entitled “Palindrome”. 

Istanbul Jazz Festival

 

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Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol performs @ İstanbul Jazz Festival

Led by composer Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol and composed of prominent musicians, Sanlıkol Hybrid Jazz Orchestra will perform pieces from Sanlıkol’s new album to be released in June together with one of the most important composers of Turkey, fretless guitar virtuoso Erkan Oğur.

5 July Friday, 20:00, Istanbul Technical University Maçka Campus Mustafa Kemal Lecture Hall.

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Bursa Festival

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Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol performs @ Bursa Festival

Led by composer Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol and composed of prominent musicians, Sanlıkol Hybrid Jazz Orchestra will perform pieces from Sanlıkol’s new album to be released in June together with one of the most important composers of Turkey, fretless guitar virtuoso Erkan Oğur.

3 July Wednesday, 21:15, Kültürpark İçi, Açık Hava Tiyatrosu Altı, Osmangazi.

An Afro Semai on YouTube

 

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As part of a lecture-demonstration at New England Conservatory, entitled “Mehter, Zildjian and the American Big Band”, Dr. Sanlıkol composed and premiered An Afro Semai. This piece, based on the semai usul (rhythmic cycle) from classical Ottoman/Turkish music, brings not only a jazz flavor to this usul but also introduces an African interpretation. In the tradition of classical Ottoman music different versions of the semai usul exist especially based on its tempo such as, the yürük semai and the sengin semai. Well, now we have the afro semai.

 

The line-up features,
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

Sanlıkol & Mutlu Quintet ft. Erkan Oğur in Istanbul and Bursa

 

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After not playing any jazz concerts for 10 years in Turkey Sanlıkol returned back home with the “Sanlıkol & Mutlu Quintet featuring Erkan Oğur”. The quintet mostly performs Sanlıkol’s acoustic jazz originals where there can be found significant Turkish music influences. The quintet features:

Aaron Henry, soprano & tenor sax.
Jerry Sabatini, trumpet, flugelhorn
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, piano, voice
Erkan Oğur, guitars
Jose Pienasola, acoustic bass
Cem Mutlu, drums, voice