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

Dere geliyor dere

AudioFact

This track is from AudioFact’s second album, entitled “Asitane” (Aura, 2003). “Dere geliyor dere” is a traditional Turkish folk song. This is a re-composition of the folk song.

featuring,
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, piano, keyboards, zurna
Onur Türkmen, guitars
Ryan Woodward, tenor and soprano sax.
Tiger Okoshi, trumpet
Fernando Huergo, bass

Jasmine

AudioFact

This track is from AudioFact’s second album, entitled “Asitane” (Aura, 2003).

featuring,
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, piano, keyboards, voice
Onur Türkmen, guitars
Ryan Woodward, tenor sax.
Tiger Okoshi, trumpet
Fernando Huergo, bass

Can’t put you aside

AudioFact

This track is from AudioFact’s first album, entitled “Black Spot” (Kalan, 1998).

featuring,
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, fender rhodes, keyboards, voice
Onur Türkmen, guitars
Ryan Woodward, tenor sax.
Fernando Huergo, bass
Cengiz Baysal, drums
Roberto Castillo, percussion
Okay Temiz, percussion
Ercan Irmak, ney

Keloğlan

Cantata

Composed in 2005.

Choreography: Johanna Hill Simpson
Story conceived by Serap Kantarci Sanlıkol, adapted by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, edited by Robert Labaree and Johanna Hill Simpson
PALS Children’s Chorus conducted by Johanna Hill Simpson
Mother: Nina Berinstein
Keloğlan: Jake Wilder-Smith
Pasha: Niki von Krusenstiern

featuring,
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, cura,
Cem Mutlu, percussion,
Beth Bahia Cohen, violin, kabak kemane,
Robert Labaree, çeng,
Samuel Kunstler, cello,
Jeffrey Goldberg, piano,
Johanna Hill Simpson, conductor,
Nektarios Antoniou, voice.

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.

featuring,
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

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

 

Konser-bilboard

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