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

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


Introducing Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext

PosterDUSUKI am excited to announce a short tour I will be doing with my unique jazz band which pairs Turkish instruments such as zurna (double reed wind), ney (end-blown flute), kös (large kettledrums) and nekkare (small kettledrums) with a 6-horn jazz combo to perform my film inspired and innovative Turkish music influenced compositions in order to promote my new album.

Locations, Dates/Times, Prices
Wednesday, October 1, 8:00 PM – Scullers, Cambridge, MA, $25, purchase tickets

Thursday, October 2, 7:30 PM – RISD Auditorium, Providence, RI, $20, on the day of the concert $25, purchase tickets

Friday, October 3, 8:00 PM – Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY, seated $25/standing $20,purchase tickets

The band is featuring,

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, piano, keyboards, continuum, zurna, ney, voice
Jerry Sabatini, trumpet, flugel horn
Jeff Claassen, trumpet flugel horn
Mark Zaleski, alto sax., clarinet
Aaron Henry, tenor & soprano sax.
Chris Gagne, trombone
Jared Sims, baritone sax., bass clarinet
Utar Artun, piano, keyboards
Phil Sargent, electric guitar
Fernando Huergo, electric bass
Bertram Lehmann, drums
George Lernis, kettledrums, frame drums, percussion


Whatsnext, my new large jazz ensemble album, is now available for purchase through Bandcamp and iTunes or you can stream it through Spotify.

Bandcamp CD:







CD Release Concerts

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol will present his modern jazz compositions for big band as well as compositions specifically influenced by Turkish music for the jazz combo from his new album.

Locations, Dates/Times, Prices
Thurs., April 3, 7:30 PM – Regattabar, Cambridge, MA, $20, buy tickets here
Sat., April 5, 9:30 PM – Drom, New York, NY, $10/adv. $15, buy tickets here

Dün gece seyrim içinde / Last night I dreamt of…: Turkish Songs of Protest


Dün gece seyrim içinde / Last night I dreamt of…:
Turkish Songs of Protest

Five musicians of the Dünya Ensemble on vocals and a wide range of traditional instruments offer a lively and varied program: classical compositions of the palace, blunt women’s complaints from the countryside, songs which mingle the religious and the secular, songs which express longing and intimacy across ethnic and religious boundaries, “blasphemous” (and therefore politically incendiary) songs by heterodox Sufis, songs of unconventional love, Turkish songs notated and sung in Greek, and Jewish devotional texts set to Turkish Sufi melodies. This is public and private music, for entertainment, contemplation and devotion, expressing explicit border-crossings that defy official or societal norms: “protest music”, in the largest sense.

Locations, Dates/Times, Price
Thursday, March 27, 8:00 PM – New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall, FREE
Sunday, March 30, 7:30 PM – Boston College, Gasson Hall, FREE
Tuesday, April 1, 8:00 PM – Tufts University, Distler Hall, FREE