November 15, 2023, 20:00
Richard Bona (bass guitar, vocal)
Sylvain Luc (guitar)
Nicholas Viccaro (drums)
“Richard Bona Brings the Rhythms of Cameroon to Istanbul!
World-renowned Cameroonian musician and composer Richard Bona will meet with music lovers at 20:00 on November 15th at the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB) Cemal Reşit Rey (CRR) Concert Hall.
With his musical heritage nourished from Cameroon, Richard Bona creates a unique style by blending jazz and world music elements. In his concert at CRR, he will be accompanied by French jazz guitarist Sylvain Luc and drummer Nicolas Viccaro. Bona’s performance will cover a wide range, from traditional Cameroonian melodies to sophisticated jazz harmonies. At the concert, Bona’s extraordinary bass guitar techniques and impressive vocal harmonies will take the audience on a unique musical journey.”
November 17, 2023, 20:00
Steve Coleman & Reflex
Steve Coleman (alto saxophone)
Rich Brown (bass guitar)
Sean Rickman (drums)
“A Modern Interpretation of Cultural Heritage: Tribute to Hrant Lüsigyan
Travel to the Depths of Jazz with Steve Coleman & The Reflex Trio
On the evening of November 17th, at 20:00, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB) Cemal Reşit Rey (CRR) Concert Hall will host Steve Coleman, one of the leading figures in contemporary jazz music, and his trio Reflex. The groundbreaking alto saxophonist, composer, and music theorist Steve Coleman will be accompanied by Rich Brown on bass guitar and Sean Rickman on drums. Coleman and Reflex will be remembered not only for their unique and original sound but also for the deep and impactful musical experience they offer to jazz enthusiasts.
Coleman’s artistry combines African rhythms and melodies with the free spirit of modern jazz. His sound, filtered from the depths of ancient cultures and kneaded with inspiration from masters like Von Freeman and Sam Rivers, is shaped by Coleman’s interest in West African music. By bringing these influences together under the M-Base concept, Coleman has developed an innovative and dynamic style that pushes the boundaries of improvisational jazz.
The echoes of Coleman’s legendary group, which evolved from a street orchestra that he ran with Graham Haynes in the 1980s into ‘Steve Coleman and Five Elements,’ are evident in albums like Motherland Pulse, On The Edge Of Tomorrow, and World Expansion. These albums, while redefining early forms of Afro-American music, also incorporate melodic expansions, thus opening the doors to boundless creativity in Coleman’s music.
Seen as the prodigious child of jazz, Coleman continually evolves his music by adorning it with melodic, rhythmic, and structural components from African, Asian, and Latin cultures, and takes music lovers on a cosmic exploration with his music inspired by nature, metaphysics, and science blended with wisdom. Coleman, taking the stage with Reflex, invites everyone who wants to experience the impressive and transformative power of jazz to this special evening, a journey that challenges the transcendental limits of music”.
November 18, 2023; 20:00
Rembrandt Frerichs (piano)
Tony Overwater (double bass)
Vinsent Planjer (drums)
The Rembrandt Trio, consisting of Rembrandt Frerichs on piano, Tony Overwater on double bass, and Vinsent Planjer on drums, travels the world to capture universality in music. On November 18th, they will meet with the Istanbul audience, presenting an extraordinary repertoire inspired by Rumi’s poetry, Bach motifs, Chinese folk songs, and Turkish and Iranian folklore. Allow yourself to be enchanted by the timeless melodies woven from humanity’s common bonds.
The Rembrandt Trio, engaging with music lovers in various geographies, greets the audience with a new composition in each performance, successfully captivating them. With heart-touching melodies, they become a part of the universal human experience, free from all labels, sharing a common essence like timeless tales with slight regional variations. In this concert, the Trio aims to create new connections with the audience through works from their project “A wind invisible sweeps us through the world,” inspired by Mevlânâ Jalâl ad-Dîn Rumi, and their repertoire of timeless melodies.
November 26, 2023, 19:00
Bireli Lagrene Quartet
Bireli Lagrene (guitar)
William Brunnard (bass guitar)
Raphael Pannier (drums)
Vincent Mahey (vocals)
Biréli Lagrène, the undisputed king of jazz guitar worldwide since the 1980s, still respects his roots with his music. Bireli, who started playing the guitar at a young age and was influenced by great names such as Django Reinhardt, WesMontgomery and George Benson, developed his own unique style over time and returned to the music of his roots with “Gipsy Project & Friends” at the age of 35, establishing an incredible balance between virtuosity and depth. Throughout his career, Biréli has worked with artists such as John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucia, Al Di Meola, Jaco Pastorius and Weather Report, and has released critically acclaimed albums such as “Acoustic Moments”, “Standards”, “Djangology” and “To Bi or Not To Bi”. published. Additionally, he was awarded France’s “Chevalierdes Arts & des Lettres” medal, the 2001 “Victoires de la Musique” and the 2007 ‘Best Jazz Album’ award. In 2023, Biréli Lagrène released the side project called “Bireli Lagrene plays LoulouGasté”, a wonderful songbook dedicated to one of the most important writers of the golden age of French songs. In this project he worked with Hono Winterstein (rhythm guitar) and DiegoImbert (double bass).
December 1, 2023, 20:00
China Moses Quintet
China Moses (vocals)
Camilla George (saxophone)
Kwame Yeboah (keyboard)
Jerome Cornelis (guitar)
Lawrence Insula (double bass)
‘Lox’ (Paapa Mensah) (drums)
China Moses, renowned for her sharp voice, strong delivery, and high-frequency personality, has been heralded by the London Evening Standard as a new star in the jazz firmament and lauded by All About Jazz. She dazzles with Parisian chic in high heels and a glass of red wine in hand, commanding the stage from the moment she enters, according to The Times of England.
Known as a proven soul/jazz diva on the world stage, Moses has also served as a presenter on platforms such as MTV France and TSF Jazz Radio. Born in Los Angeles as the daughter of Dee Dee Bridgewater and director Gilbert Moses, she grew up in Paris, France.
Through her albums, she has had the opportunity to work with famous names such as Guru, DJ Mehdi, Karriem Riggins, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Anthony Marshall, and has also collaborated with sound engineer Bob Power.
After releasing her first single “Time” at the age of 16, more successful albums followed. In 2009, she released the album “This One’s For Dinah” (Blue Note France), a tribute to her idol Dinah Washington, in collaboration with pianist Raphaël Lemonnier. The musicians reunited for another album, “Crazy Blues,” in 2012, which was selected by The Times of England as one of the best 100 albums of 2013.
With her latest album “Nightintales” (EDEL), China Moses has focused on carving out her own niche. She is among the rare young artists who have had the opportunity to work with the best musicians.
December 8, 2023, 20:00
Paolo Fresu – Daniele Di Bonaventura – Leila Shirvani Trio
Paolo Fresu (trumpet, flugelhorn, effects)
Daniele di Bonaventura (bandoneon, effects)
Leila Shirvani (cello)
Italian trumpeter and flugelhorn player Paolo Fresu pays musical homage to the spirit and excitement of Christmas with his project “Jazzy Xmas,” which will be presented in December at the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall. Along with Daniele di Bonaventura on bandoneon and Leila Shirvani on cello, the project not only offers well-known Christmas pieces but also presents melodies from the traditional song collection ‘Cantones de Nadale’, which includes less-known yet enchanting tunes performed especially during Christmas for about 100 years on the island of Sardinia, all interpreted with a modern jazz sensibility.
Speaking about the project, Paolo Fresu mentions that the repertoire combines music that accompanied the Christmas atmosphere of his childhood with songs that trickled into homes from the American dream after the advent of television, as well as songs brought by reindeer and comets from different parts of the world. “Jazzy XMas is our way of bringing together unforgettable feelings and memories through music. Everyone’s Christmas is different, but the sense of happiness and sharing belonging to people is the same everywhere,” he says.
Some of the pieces in their repertoire include ‘White Christmas’, an Irving Berlin composition famously sung by Bing Crosby in 1942 and one of the best-selling records in recorded music history; ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’, a wartime favorite among American soldiers first performed by Bing Crosby with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra in 1943 and later covered by Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, and many others; ‘Joy To The World’, a 1719 hymn based on a religious poem written by English writer Isaac Watts and set to music by Georg Friedrich Händel; ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’, written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane in 1943 and made famous by Judy Garland’s recording, and later by Frank Sinatra’s rendition; ‘O Little Town Of Bethlehem’, a Christmas carol composed in 1868 by American bishop Phillips Brooks; the lesser-known traditional Norwegian song ‘Till Bethlehem’; and ‘Naschid’est in sa capanna’, ‘In sa notte profundha’, and ‘Notte de chelu’ from the ‘Cantones de Nadale’ collection.
December 20, 2023, 20:00
Dena DeRose “Piero Odorici Quartet”
Dena DeRose (piano, vocals)
Piero Odorici (saxophone)
Stefano Senni (double bass)
Xaver Hellmeier (drums)
Dena DeRose, one of the most admired pianist/vocalists in jazz with a career spanning over twenty years, has won numerous awards for her 14 album recordings to date.
She has performed at legendary clubs around the world such as Blue Note, Birdland, Smalls, Smoke, and Jazz Standard in New York; Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.; Pitt Inn and Body and Soul in Tokyo; The Jazz Showcase in Chicago; Marian’s and others. Dena has graced the stages of major jazz festivals including the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Israel, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Providencia Jazz Festival in Santiago, as well as the Estoril Jazz Festival in Portugal, the North Sea and The Hague Jazz Festivals in the Netherlands, the Ancona Jazz Festival in Italy, The Jazz Cruise (2005, 2007, 2008, 2011), the Kansas City Jazz and Blues Festival (1999), the Jazz Baltica Festival in Germany, and the VinterJazz Festival in Denmark.
Currently, Dena holds the position of Professor of Jazz Voice at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz’s Jazz Institute in Austria, and she also serves as a voice instructor for the Vocal Masters program at the Siena Jazz University in Italy. Additionally, she conducts workshops worldwide.
December 29, 2023, 20:00
Anna Maria Jopek & CRR Jazz Orchestra – New Year’s Concert
Nail Yavuzoğlu (conductor)
Anna Maria Jopek (vocals)
The captivating voice of Poland’s contemporary music scene, Anna Maria Jopek, is uniting with the CRR Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Nail Yavuzoğlu, for a very special concert.
Born in Warsaw in 1970, singer, pianist, songwriter, composer, and producer Anna Maria Jopek grew up immersed in the arts as the child of a dancer mother and a singer father, making her first recording for Polish Radio at the age of three. Educated in jazz at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and in classical music at the Frederic Chopin Music Academy, Jopek’s shining career reached a pivotal moment with the release of “Upojenie,” recorded with the famous American jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, following her experience in Eurovision and the success of her debut album which won her a Gold Disc. In subsequent years, she collaborated with some of the most significant names in the jazz world, including Bobby McFerrin, Ivan Lins, Nigel Kennedy, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Youssou N’Dour, Branford Marsalis, and Makoto Ozone.
Continuing to release albums regularly since her first record, delivering successful performances on the world’s most prestigious stages, and consistently earning accolades throughout her career, Anna Maria Jopek’s voice and music will perfectly complement a winter evening in Istanbul.