Istanbul embraces ‘new normal’ with jazz festival



The 28th Istanbul Jazz Festival arrives in September with a fantastic lineup, great outdoor venues, and plenty of free concerts in the parks.

The dates and lineup for the 28th Istanbul Jazz Festival have been announced. The festival will be held from September 1 to 18 this year at outdoor venues across the city and will also include free concerts for all.

This year’s festival will be a breath of fresh air as pandemic restrictions are gradually eased in Turkey as the vaccination program moves at high speed. Istanbul Culture and Arts Foundation (IKSV) General Director Gorgun Taner said: A unique period.

“As life returns to ‘normal’ we look forward to seeing each other at concerts,” he added. Ironically, Taner was speaking to the press, but at a Zoom conference.

“We are working to revive Istanbul’s cultural and artistic scene with our festivals. The 28th Istanbul Jazz Festival will offer a rich and varied program all around Istanbul’s parks and outdoor venues, including free concerts that will be open to visitors of all ages.

He stressed that “Together we will remember the quality of the music for us”, thanking the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey and the sponsor of the GarantiBBVA festival in addition to other supporters, participants in concerts and all the artists who are part of the festival. .

GarantiBBVA Vice President Isil Akdemir Evlioglu expressed enthusiasm for the outdoor concerts, saying the pandemic has long cut people off from the streets, shows and concerts. “We missed the lively and musical atmosphere of our city,” she said.

She added that the festival focused on accessible cultural creation, as well as gender balance as represented by the Keychange program. The festival, a member of the program, was able to meet its 50-50% representation target before its 2022 deadline by achieving equal representation this year.

Akdemir Evlioglu also mentioned the reduction of the festival’s carbon footprint, saying this goal is vital for Turkey and the world.

Istanbul Jazz Festival Director Harun Izer explained that the festival was scheduled for September – rather than its usual July slot – due to current circumstances. “Despite the difficult conditions, the IKSV will organize the Istanbul Jazz Festival in cooperation with performing artists and other cultural workers and help revive cultural and artistic activities in the city and bring musicians back to the stage. and their listeners. “

Tickets for the festival will go on sale for holders of the Tulip Card – loyalty cards for IKSV supporters – from July 6, 2021, and will go on sale to the general public on July 9, 2021. They will be available at and the main IKSV box office in Sishane, Beyoglu district. Between July 9 and July 15, 2021, tickets will be sold with a 20% discount to GarantiBBVA credit card holders.

The motto of this year’s festival is #cazhissediyorum, which means “I smell jazz”. This enthusiastic and joyful motto heralds the arrival of better days after the pandemic, filled with music and joy.

Angelique Kidjo will perform at the Marmara Esma Sultan Yalisi on September 6, 2021 (Credit: IKSV)

Stars everywhere

Highlights of the festival include “An African Odyssey” by Angelique Kidjo, singer, actor, writer and activist. Four-time Grammy winner and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Kidjo will take the stage on September 6, 2021 at the Marmara Esma Sultan Yalisi. Expect a concert “filled with African melodies, soul, funk, rap, samba, reggae, jazz and blues, with a trip from Africa and stops in the Sahara, London. and the calm shores of France ”.

Trumpeter Stefano Di Battista will pay tribute to the unforgettable Ennio Morricone.

Trumpeter Stefano Di Battista will pay tribute to the unforgettable Ennio Morricone. (Courtesy of IKSV)

Conductor and trumpeter Ennio Morricone passed away in July 2020. Stefano Di Battista’s “More Morricone” concert will commemorate the legendary artist while presenting his memorable film soundtracks. The opening band for this event is Ferit Odman Quintet, a local band who rightfully earned praise from critics and fans alike.

Local icon Kenan Dogulu will perform jazz versions of his pop hits spanning his 28-year career.

Local icon Kenan Dogulu will perform jazz versions of his pop hits spanning his 28-year career. (Courtesy of IKSV)

Known for his career in pop music, Kenan Dogulu ventured into jazz in 2016 with a project called “Ihtimaller” (Possibilities). He performs several of his hits from his 28-year pop career, but in jazz format, organized by Ercument Orkut, Can Cankaya and Bulut Gulen on September 15, 2021 at the Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theater.

Altin Gun, famous for his renditions of 'Anadolu Rock' songs, will perform on September 16, 2021.

Altin Gun, famous for his renditions of ‘Anadolu Rock’ songs, will perform on September 16, 2021. (Courtesy IKSV)

BBC Artist of the Year Arlo Parks will be performing on Beykoz Kundura on September 10, 2021, while multinational group Altin Gun will bring Turkish melodies with their psychedelic interpretation to Vadi Istanbul on September 16, 2021 .

Karsu will play selected hits from the archives of Atlantic Records.

Karsu will play selected hits from the archives of Atlantic Records. (Courtesy of IKSV)

Singer and pianist Karsu will meet her fans on September 20, 2021 at the Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theater with “Karsu Plays Atlantic Records”, paying homage to Turkish label founder Ahmet Ertegun who created the memorable Atlantic Records in the United States. . Karsu will perform hits from stars such as Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, the Bee Gees, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and Cher.

Jazz in the Parks will offer free entertainment throughout the city, at Macka Democracy Park in Sisli (September 1, 2021), Habitat Park in Sisli (September 3, 2021), Fenerbahce Park in Kadikoy (September 4, 2021), Beylikduzu Yasam Vadisi (18 September 2021) and Sanatcilar Parki in Besiktas (September 19, 2021).

The Young Jazz concerts will take place for the 19th time this year: launched by the Istanbul Jazz Festival to encourage young musicians or amateur or semi-professional groups, the project is supported by the Mehmet Ulug Fund this year. Mehmet Ulug was a businessman, organizer and music curator who died in 2013. He was the co-founder of the music organization company Pozitif, as well as the Babylon concert hall and the Doublemoon label.

This year, the Young Jazz program plans to offer a recording studio, mastering and album to bands selected for the project for the first time. The album is expected to hit stores in November 2021.

Photo thumbnail: Fainschmitz says they’re playing “Jungle Swing. Music to dance and cuddle with influences from Gypsy Swing, Chanson, Jazz, Pop and Punk.

Source: TRT World


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