Akbank Jazz Festival one of the most long-running festivals in Turkey, is celebrating its 27th year this year. The festival, which brought together the prestigious names of the jazz world such as Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Jimmy Smith, Enrico Rava, John Scofield & Joe Lovano, Manu Katché, David Sanborn, will spread different colors of jazz all over the city, between November 3 and 19.
Akbank Jazz Festival, which has a gradually increasing graphic with millions of followers so far, is getting ready for hosting special performances for its 27th year. Among the stars to take the stages, some of the names are; Abdullah Ibrahim, the chief composer-pianist of modern jazz, Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya and Hugh Masekela, consisting of Ekaya, resurrecting the soul of The Jazz Epistles -the first all-black bebop jazz group of South Africa- and Hugh Masekela, another jazz icon of South Africa, Vanessa Rubin, one of the great ambassadors of jazz in the world, Ala.Ni, whose songs have been listened over 2.5 million on digital platforms to date, Wolfgang Muthspiel, one of the jazz guitarists who made marks on his generation, Ecuadorian producer and musician Nicola Cruz, British producer and musician Bonobo, Norwegian tuba player and composer Daniel Herskedal, instrumentalist and composer Marius Neset, one of the 25 young jazz musicians who are expected to steer the future of jazz, Amina Figarova Sextet, who combines classical music discipline with moving rhythms and bright harmonies, Cuban jazz pianist and composer Alfredo Rodríguez, American drummer and producer Mark Guilliana, British saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings with The Ancestors, consisting of South African musicians, and Red Baraat, one of the important names of Mop Mop and Acid Jazz, combining post-modern jazz style with funk, Afro rhythms and an exotic sounds. The festival, which will host Kenan Doğulu and Sattas under the innovative projects section, will bring together many new Turkish talents such as Emin Fındıkoğlu, İlhan Erşahin, Baki Duyarlar, Çağıl Kaya, Çağrı Sertel and Şenay Lambaoğlu as well as talents of the new generation such as Evrencan Gündüz and Hakan Başar with music lovers.
Expressing his pleasure to manage Akbank Jazz Festival, one of the most important projects that Akbank realizes in the field of culture and art, to meet with music lovers for 27 years, Akbank General Manager Hakan Binbaşgil said, “We are proud to have contributed to the development of jazz music in Turkey and to reach a wider audience.” It makes us happier every year to see Akbank Jazz Festival, which is one of the leading jazz events in our country, has an important place on the music lovers’ agenda. Jazz music gorgeously fits İstanbul, a rich city that features different colors and sounds in harmony. In addition to İstanbul, this year, we’ll also organize many events in other cities of our country in order to make jazz more popular among our young. While contributing to economic development, we will continue to reach the large masses with art and culture projects that we have been pursuing for decades.”
Akbank Art Director Derya Bigalı commented on the festival, “Just like every year, we prepared a rich program that reflects the different colors of jazz, including the young jazz musicians rising at European stages and the new generation Turkish jazz artists as well as master musicians for jazz lovers. I wish the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival would offer discoveries to jazz lovers.”
“Jazz at Campus” concerts, which have become a Akbank Jazz Festival classic now, will continue this year. One of the most important events of the festival, Jazz at Campus will run from November 20 to December 1, bringing together vocalist, lyricist and poet Jehan Barbur with university students to share jazz spirit and enthusiasm in Muğla, İzmir, Eskişehir, Bolu, Adana, Mersin, Kayseri and Ankara.
Another important event of the festival, Jazz Workshops at High Schools will also be held free of charge in eight separate high schools on November 8, November 9, November 16 and November 17 this year, which offers opportunity for young people to get to know jazz music and instruments better.
As part of its corporate social responsibility activities, Akbank continues to work on the The Good State of the City project, that they have been pursuing with their employees for many years, to provide young people with volunteer projects. 1000 of young people who volunteer for the public benefit projects this year will have the opportunity to go to the Bonobo concert at Volkswagen Arena on Saturday, November 11.
27th Akbank Jazz Festival, of which organization and content programming was prepared in cooperation with Pozitif, will feature 53 concerts, 3 interviews and 15 workshops in 36 different venues including Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, Akbank Sanat, Babylon, Volkswagen Arena, The Seed, Caddebostan Cultural Center, Moda Stage, Summart Art Center, Nardis and Zorlu Performing Arts Center.
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Specials from 27th Akbank Jazz Festival
The Akbank Jazz Festival, which has been bringing together the master names of the jazz world with music lovers for 27 years, offers a rich program for followers this year as well. The 27th Akbank Jazz Festival will host Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya and Hugh Masekela, Chucho Valdés and Gonzalo Rubalcaba (100%) Trance (75%), Emin Fındıkoğlu + 12 in the “Jazz Masters” program.
The 27th Akbank Jazz Festival will host Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya and Hugh Masekela at Uniq Hall on Wednesday, November 8. Ekaya, which was founded by Abdullah Ibrahim, one of the chief composers and pianists of modern jazz, and resurrected the soul of The Jazz Epistles -the first all-black bebop jazz group of South Africa, will be accompanied by Hugh Masekela, another jazz icon in South Africa, at the concert.
Marking two generations of great Cuban piano music culture; Chucho Valdés ile Gonzalo Rubalcaba, two leading figures whose friendship, mutual love and respect endure for decades, will take the stage for the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival on Sunday, November 12. The two great names of the jazz world will meet with festival followers at Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall with duo piano project Trance, extending from popular songs to Cuban repertoire and Thelonious Monk.
Emin Fındıkoğlu, who made great contributions to Turkish jazz as a pianist, arranger, festival director and instructor, will appear at 27th Akbank Jazz Festival with Emin Fındıkoğlu +12, that he found 2,5 years ago, consisting of 15 jazz musicians, including masters such as Şenova Ülker and İmer Demirer and young talents of Turkish jazz. Besides the songs arranged by Emin Fındıkoğlu himself, Emin Fındıkoğlu +12will perform “A Night in Tunisia” arrangement, which was written by Arif Mardin in late 1950s for a large orchestra in Boston and presented a copy to Fındıkoğlu, at the concert to be held in memory of Mehmet Uluğ at Babylon on Wednesday, November 8.
The 27th Akbank Jazz Festival begins with Vanessa Rubin, one of the ambassadors of the jazz world, who uses her experienced voice as a real instrument in addition to her aesthetic presentation and storytelling talents. Vanessa Rubin will open the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival with an unforgettable concert at The Seed on Friday, November.
Creative and productive musician and producer İlhan Erşahin, who never satisfies with a single project or idea, is at the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival together with Dave Harrington (Darkside), a glittering name for the new generation jazz scene who joined İlhan Erşahin for İstanbul Sessions – Solar Plexus album. Without limiting the music to any pattern or time frame, İlhan Erşahin and Dave Harrington will be on Babylon’s scene on Friday, November 3 with their performances following the voice of “present”.
The 27th Akbank Jazz Festival will host the Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio, a jazz guitarist who left his mark on his generation, at Zorlu PSM Drama Stage on Monday, November 6.
Christian Scott, a Lousiana-born trumpet player, composer and producer, who breaks rules of young jazz, will meet with his 27th Akbank Jazz Festival followers at Zorlu PSM Drama Stage on Tuesday, November 7. Christian Scott, another innovative jazz player and saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr.’s nephew, makes difference with the “whisper tone technique” and the ego drive technique as he calls the “forecasting cell” that lifts the band’s improvisation on stage. The artist, who developed a special design trumpet and flugelhorns bringing a new breath to brass instrument world, has two Edison Awards and a Grammy nomination.
Seeking for the true musical roots in the spirits calling him through the generations, the British saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings will be at the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival with his group “The Ancestors” composed of South African musician friends. Shabaka & The Ancestors will be performing their Wisdom of Elders album that they recorded in Johannesburg in 2016, at Babylon on Thursday, November 9.
American drummer and producer Mark Guilliana, who beats life to the veins of jazz techno, will perform at Bablyon on Wednesday, November 15, for the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival. The artist, who increased his fan base with his latest album released two days before the death of David Bowie, Blackstar, and with Mehliana: Taming the Dragon album that he blended Mehldau’s synth-funk and progressive rock along with the All-Star Trio world tour accompanied by John Scofield, comes to the Akbank Jazz Festival with a very different, completely acoustic project. At the festival, Guiliana will perform all tracks, all belong to him, from Family First album, recorded in New York Bunker studios.
Ala.Ni, born in London, whose songs have been listened over 2.5 million on digital platforms to date, will meet the followers of the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival at Babylon on Thursday, November 16. Ala.Ni will perform songs from four-EP “You & I” series titled Winter, Autumn, Summer and Spring with her slightly rough, nostalgic voice at the concert.
English soul group Ephemerals, founded by guitarist Hillman Mondegreen three years ago, will deliver a different performance at the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival. The band will perform live songs written about reincarnation, love, world politics and philosophy at Babylon on Friday, November 17. Music lovers will meet retro soul, unprocessed sounds, brass instruments, jazz, African rhythms, rock, hip hop, psychedelic figures and Wolfgang’s passionate, painful and desperate vocals at this concert.
Mop Mop, which blends new post-modern jazz with funk, Afro rhythms and exotic sounds traveling on various imaginary planets on each album, will be the guest of 27th Akbank Jazz Festival as part of the world tour of Lunar Love album that veers to the Earth and nature. At Mop Mop’s concert in Babylon on Saturday, November 18, you are going to get a very different musical experience while listening to the band’s Gnawa rhythms, heavy dub, jazz, funk with Trinidad-born poet, novelist, academics and musician Anthony Joseph’s vocals.
TONE OF KEYS
Purple is the Color, composed of Simon Raab (piano and compositions), Štěpán Flagar (saxophone), Martin Kocian (contrabass) and Michał Wierzgoń (drums), was set up at a jam session in Linz, Austria, where their paths crossed in school years. Based on a rich jazz quartet tradition, Purple is the Color feels free to use pop and folk music, combining them with a modern sound world that is dominated by a European sound fed from classical music, will be at St. Benoit High School for 27th Akbank Jazz Festival on Thursday, November 9, blending European compositions with American improvisation.
Benedikt Jahnel Trio, founded in Berlin by a 35-year-old mathematician, pianist and composer Benedikt Jahnel 10 years ago, will be at Akbank Sanat on Saturday, November 11. The Benedikt Jahnel Trio, which you will meet during the Akbank Jazz Festival, offers a very different rhythm arithmetics that resonates with the keys, a drum that flows like a melody, and a contrabass with a mediating role between contemporary and classical approaches.
Amina Figarova Sextet, founded by Baku-born pianist and composer Amina Figarova with her Belgian flutist husband Brat Platteau, will meet Turkish audience for the first time within the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival. Amina Figarova Sextet will perform their songs from their 13th album Blue Whispers, combining classical music discipline with moving rhythms and bright harmonies at the concert on Sunday, November 12, at Cemal Reşit Rey.
Pianist, singer-songwriter Howe Gelb, a gift from Arizona deserts to the rock scene, who had 22 solo albums with the band ‘Giant Sand’ founded in 1985 along with numerous songs written and voiced by him, will be at 27th Akbank Jazz Festival with his trio on Monday, November 13. Howe Gelb will meet jazz lovers at Babylon as part of the world tour of his latest album released last year, Future Standards, taking audiences to a journey to the future by following Leonard Cohen’s tranquility and jazz standards of the past.
Valencian guitarist Ximo Tebar, who broke the rules with “Son Mediterranean” style by combining jazz with flamenco, will give a flamenco-jazz feast for two nights at Nardis on Monday, November 13 and Tuesday, November 14 as part of the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival.
Cuban jazz pianist and composer Alfredo Rodríguez, discovered by the legendary musician Quincy Jones at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2006, will be the guest of the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival as part of the world tour of his third album Tocoror released last year. Quincy Jones Presents Alfredo Rodríguez Trio at Babylon on Tuesday, November 14, will offer festival followers a wide range of musical experience extending from Bach to flamenco, African music to tango and even rock.
DUOS FROM THE NORTH
Norwegian tuba player and composer Daniel Herskedal, who took the stage at the Akbank Jazz Festival four years ago with his Neck of the Woods album, in which Norwegian folk songs with European church music blended, and instrumentalist and composer Marius Neset, one of the 25 young jazz musicians who are expected to steer the future of jazz, will perform at Akbank Sanat for the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival on Saturday, November 4.
Swedish guitarist Ulf Wakenius, who reflects the sense of rhythm with a poetic expression, will be at the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival with his son Eric Wakenius, who is a guitar virtuoso, too. The duo will play their duo album Father and Son, released last April, at Akbank Sanat on Tuesday, November 7.
With Authentic Anatolian Project, a hybrid music project based on Anatolian folk songs, you will feel Anatolian music and jazz in your veins at the performance at Akbank Sanat on Wednesday, November 8, as part of the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival.
Şenay Lambaoğlu, one of the most distinctive voices of jazz music, will perform at the Akbank Jazz Festival again after five years. Lambaoğlu will present an acoustic program of her popular songs at Summart on Thursday, November 9.
The famous name of Turkish pop music, Kenan Doğulu, who will be hosted by the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival, will add another dimension to jazz music with a selection composed of hit songs from the joint album ‘İhtimaller’ with Ozan Musluoğlu. Remember to take your place at Babylon on Saturday, November 11, to listen to the striking arrangements of Ercüment Orkut, Can Çankaya and Bulut Gülen.
Quartera, founded by pianist and composer Emir Ersoy who with the encouragement of Grammy awarded drummer Robby Ameen, will be at the the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival at Caddebostan Cultural Center on Wednesday, November 15. One of the young talents of Turkish cinema, Türkü Turan, will also be at Caddebostan Cultural Center on Wednesday, November 15 as a guest vocals, do not miss Emir Ersoy Quartera feat. Türkü Turan special concert.
Represents our country successfully in national and international cultural and art events for 35 years, TRT İstanbul Light Music and Jazz Orchestra will take the stage at the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival together with the famous vocalist Sibel Köse. Write down the concert to be held at Caddebostan Cultural Center on Tuesday, November 14 to listen to the great names who have influenced the last 30 years of Turkish jazz.
Jazz pianist and composer Çağrı Sertel will be the guest of the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival on Wednesday, November 15, with his latest album Instant, accompanied by a team of stars, each of which has unique influence on Turkish jazz.
The “Kemenjazz” project, written by famous jazz pianist, composer and instructor Baki Duyarlar for Derya Türkan’s kemancha, took its final form with Cem Aksel on drums and Erdal Akyol on contrabass Recording an album with the same name, the band remolds the soothing melodies of different cultures in jazz dynamics, in each of the original compositions bearing Baki Duyarlar signature. The “Kemenjazz” team, who feature at the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival with a surprise guest, Harrris Lambrakis, the master of Ney (end-blown flute) from Athens, will perform at Caddebostan Cultural Center on Thursday, November 16, delivering songs from İstanbul to the opposite shores of the Aegean Sea.
Our country’s leading Reggae band Sattas will participate in the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival in November to meet with music lovers with their second album. You will witness a “Reggae Show” that never seen before in our country, even in surrounding countries, at Kadıköy Moda Stage on Friday, November 17. Sattas will be accompanied by different kind of musicians as guest artists on the stage.
The famous vocalist Çağıl Kaya, who draws audiences’ attention to the story with theatrical figures and amazing sound improvisations on the stage, will be at the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival with her performance at Akbank Sanat on Saturday, November 18. Famous vocalist will sing her own compositions from her latest album şimdilik her şey yolunda as well as songs from different musicians and gropus such as Duman, Mor ve Ötesi, Sevinç Tevs, Yaşar Kurt.
In the New Generation section of the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival, Evrencan Gündüz, Hakan Başar and Social Inclusion Band, that brings young talents of Düşler Akademisi together with professional musicians, will be at the stage.
Evrencan Gündüz, who wows massive audiences with his solo acoustic programs for a year, will be performing at Moda Stage on Thursday, November 16 with his group “Evrencan Gündüz Quintet” as part of the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival.
Turkey’s youngest jazz pianist Hakan Başar, the son of jazz guitarist Hakan Başar, born in 2004, will meet with 27th Akbank Jazz Festival followers on the Benoit High School stage on Thursday, November 9.
With the slogan “Music For Everyone”, The Social Inclusion Band that brings together students receiving art courses at Düşler Akademisi on the same stage with professional musicians from all over the world for over 10 years and that offers them a new career opportunity, will take the stage for free of charge at Babylon on Sunday, Nov 12 for the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival.
Red Baraat, one of the important names of Acid Jazz, will enrapture 27th Akbank Jazz Festival followers at Babylon on Saturday, November 4, with rich sound mosaics and lunatic energies composed of jazz, hip-hop, rock, funk, brass instruments, classical Indian music.
France-born Ecuadorian producer and musician Nicola Cruz will meet Turkish fans at Babylon on Saturday, November 4 at the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival.
British producer and musician Bonobo, whose real name is Simon Green, will take the stage at the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival with live performance at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday, November 11. Fusing jazz and Afro rhythms on occasions, and Indonesian-Gamelan bells with European disco rhythms at times, Bonobo brings new sensitivity to the electronic music, and he will liven up the festival with his latest album Migration compositions, which he observed human and space concepts with all the emotional dynamics in us.
WORKSHOP: İstanbul Lindy Hoppers: Lindy Hop Dance Workshop
You can find out the specifics, rhythm and first phases of the swing dance, that began in the middle of the 1920s, the golden era of jazz, and continued to the 1940s and that became acquainted with Hollywood movies, at the workshop to be held at Studio Harlem and Studio Savoy on Saturday, November 4, at 15.00 by İstanbul Lindy Hoppers.
Saturday, November 4, at: 15:00 Venue: Stüdyo Harlem, Taksim
Saturday, November 4, at: 15:00 Venue: Stüdyo Savoy, Kadıköy
The number of participants is limited to 25 / Tuition for 1 hour: 50 TRY
WORKSHOP: İstanbul Lindy Hoppers: Solo Jazz Dance Workshop
İstanbul Lindy Hoppers will meet with those who want to catch the contagious energy of the Swing era at solo jazz workshop. By participating in this workshop that does not require a partner, you can brighten your steps with most delighted rhythms of jazz.
Saturday, November 11, at: 15:00 Venue: Stüdyo Savoy, Kadıköy
The number of participants is limited to 25 / Tuition for 1 hour: 50 TRY
WORKSHOP: İstanbul Lindy Hoppers: Jazz Tap Dance Workshop
You can learn Tap dance, which combines musicality and rhythm, with this workshop which includes the jazz steps of the 1920s giving particular importance on fun and improvisation.
Saturday, November 18, at: 15:00 Venue: . Stüdyo Savoy, Kadıköy
The number of participants is limited to 25 / Tuition for 1 hour: 50 TRY
WORKSHOP: Jazz with Children: Bir Varmış Bir Cazmış (Ages 10-12)
“Bir Varmış Bir Cazmış” is a workshop that transforms the imaginary world of children created by jazz into paintings and sculptures from clay or play dough and will be held within the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival and moderated by Sahne İstanbul. In the next step at the workshop, children will create a story by forming a bond between paintings and sculptures made of clay or play dough and revive this story with improvisation, adopted as the most powerful element of jazz.
Saturday, November 11, at: 15:00 Venue: Akbank Sanat
Saturday, November 18, at: 15:00 Venue: Akbank Sanat
The number of participants is limited to 15 / Workshop fee: 25 TRY
For detailed information Akbank Sanat (0212 252 35 00)
WORKSHOP: Jazz in Zentangle
The 27th Akbank Jazz Festival offers the opportunity to explore the inner artist of yours at the Jazz in Zentangle workshop. The abstract drawing form of structured patterns Zentangle is accepted as one of the most practical ways to create great pieces of art even for those who have never experienced drawing. A perfect way to relax and calm as well. Participants to the workshop “Jazz in Zentangle” will be delivered to hollow drawings prepared in jazz concept. In the two-hour workshop, participants will create their visual improvisations by filling in these hollow drawings with the patterns at will without any rules and restrictions.
Saturday, November 04, at: 15:00 Venue: Akbank Sanat
The number of participants is limited to 20 / Tuition for 1 hour: 25 TRY
TALK “For You” Sevinç Tevs
At the panel to be held in memory of Sevinç Tevs, the first international star of Turkish jazz history, Hakan Rauf Tüfekçi will host Tevs’s daughter, composer, song writer and singer Şehrazat. The colorful and lively life, music career and friends of Sevinç Tevs, the first female vocal jazz of Turkey, who is accepted as the “Mother of the Turkish Jazz” will be narrated by her daughter Şehrazat at this panel. You will find an opportunity to listen to the mysteries of this magnificent voice in an interactive environment, from her grand prize at the Jazz Vocal Competition in 1948 to her curiosity of Turkish Art Music. You will also listen some of her songs and at the end of the panel, you will be charmed with a surprise by Şehrazat.
Saturday, November 04, at: 15.00 Venue: Soho House / The event is free of charge.
TALK Sevin Okyay: Beat Generation And Jazz
Moderated by Sevin Okyay, the talk will take place with the participation of guest speakers Hülya Tunçağ and Ali Sönmez and the relationship between Beat Generation writers and jazz music will be discussed at length with its reflections on cinema as well.
Saturday, November 05, at: 13.00 Venue: Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah, Orient Bar / The event is free of charge.
TALK: Who Does not Love Jazz?
Not only in our country, but also in the world, Jazz music has fewer listeners compared to most alternative genres. This topic will be discussed in detail at “Who Does not Love Jazz”, moderated by Jazz musician Elif Çağlar Muslu with guest musicians Çağrı Sertel and Ece Göksu; musicians will share their experiences while listeners ask their questions. There will also be improvisations between listeners and musicians; we recommend that you do not miss this intriguing meeting.
Saturday, November 11, at: 13:00 Venue: Akbank Sanat / The event is free of charge.
Tea Time Jazz, Jazz Brunch and Akbank Sanat Café Afternoon Jazz, events that appeal to the taste buds as well as ears are also continuing in the 27th year of Akbank Jazz Festival.
The ones who want to make a good start to the week with jazz music, Jazz Brunches will enliven your weekend up. NewPel Trio, composed of Mahir Dabakoğlu on guitar, Bora Tanyeli on saxophone and Arda Özkan on contrabass, will perform at the MSA’s Restaurant in Sakıp Sabancı Museum in Emirgan on Sunday, November 5 and will also be in the green and peaceful atmosphere of Bizim Tepe on Sunday, November 12. The modern manouche jazz band Manouche-u Âlâ will be at Jazz Brunch to be held in Tamirane.
Another delicious event of the Akbank Jazz Festival, Tea Time Jazz will be held in two different venues this year. İlham Gencer, one of the most important values of the Turkish jazz, will be at tea time event at Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah with his piano within the scope of the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival. Be sure to reserve for this meeting which will be accompanied by tea and very special flavors in Pera Palace’s magical environment. Almost the most popular jazz venue in the city, Mr. CAS is offering an unforgettable jazz feast featuring with NewPel Trio, consisting of Mahir Dabakoğlu on guitar, Bora Tanyeli on saxophone and Arda Özkan on contrabass, appealing to the taste buds and ears with magical notes on Saturday, Nov 11.
Jazz singer Sanat Deliorman and jazz pianist Kaan Bıyıkoğlu, who have been working together on both duo and joint projects since 2016, will be at Akbank Sanat Café Afternoon Jazz on Saturday 4th and 18th November for Akbank Jazz Festival. You will have a deep lovely breath before the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival concerts that you’re looking forward to, and leave behind all turmoils of the day thanks to these two afternoon concerts extending from the American jazz standards to bebop and from bossa nova to new Turkish compositions.
JAZZ WORKSHOPS AT HIGH SCHOOLS
Aiming to reach high school-age young people, introduce them to jazz music and make them like as well, “Jazz Workshops at High Schools” will probably be one of the most important events at the 27th year of the festival. Young people will meet with Ercüment Orkut, Volkan Hürsever and Ediz Hafızoğlu and find opportunities to get to know jazz music and instruments more closely in the conversations to take place at the “Jazz Workshops at High Schools”, which offer students the chance to observe musicians while creating music.
“Jazz Workshops at High Schools” will be held free of charge at Saint Benoit French High School and Galatasaray High School on Wednesday, November 8; Private Enka High School (Enka Schools) and American Robert College of Istanbul on Thursday, November 9; German High School (Deutsche Schule Istanbul) and St. George’s Austrian High School on Thursday, November 16; SEV American College and at Private Şişli Terakki High School on Friday, November 17.
JAZZ AT CAMPUS
“Jazz at Campus” concerts, which have become a Akbank Jazz Festival classic now, will continue this year. One of the most important events of the festival, Jazz at Campus will run from November 20 to December 1, bringing together jazz enthusiasm with university students in Muğla, İzmir, Eskişehir, Bolu, Adana, Mersin, Kayseri and Ankara.
Within the scope of Jazz at Campus; Jazz vocal, songwriter and poet Jehan Barbur will take the stage for unforgettable concerts by going around Anatolia with her lovely songs from her latest album “Evim Neresi”.