Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext? Featuring NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman


Time & Date

Friday, May 17, 2019, 7:30 pm

Event Location

WBUR CitySpace890 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215Open in Google Maps

Ticket Price


Do not miss the premiere of an extended intercultural composition by Grammy nominee Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol for Jazz Orchestra featuring NEA Jazz Master/Saxophonist Dave Liebman.

The piece draws upon three episodes from Middle Eastern history as its inspiration. The first narrative centers around the great Sufi poet Rumi, composer of the most beautiful mystical poetry ever written. The second story comes from the traditions of Sephardic Jews, expelled from Spain but welcomed by the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid II, leading to a cultural flowering treasured to this day. The third narrative tells the story of Mimar Sinan, forcibly taken by the Ottomans as a young Orthodox Christian boy, who came to embrace his new Muslim identity and rose to great heights as the master architect of some of the greatest mosques in the world. The unique Middle Eastern musical flavors will be supported by additional ethnic flutes, reeds and percussion.