Turquazz: Anatolian Jazz & Roots Festival

Turquazz: Anatolian Jazz & Roots Festival; a brand new and multidisciplinary music and arts festival is kicking off on March the 13th in London.

Opening the wonderful world of Anatolian jazz and roots culture originating from Turkey and its surrounding regions, the festival offers a packed programme of concerts, film screenings of jazz documentaries, talks, Turkish tango, a DJ event and pop up dining experience.

Festival hopes to reveal the rich intensity, historical progression and unique charm of a diverse jazz culture that has inevitably been influenced by Anatolia and Turkey’s geographical positioning – a bridge from Europe to Asia.

Festival curator and director Batu Akyol said, “It’s the first edition and we really wanted to give London the ABC of Anatolian jazz. The programme is full of personality with a familiar jazz language yet with its own Anatolian twist. Music, food, cinema, dance and talks – there’s really something for everyone”

The concert programme combines a range of artists and sounds from the alternative and experimental side of jazz to the traditional and classical forms well known in Turkey. Funkbook a La Turc by Onder Focan and the Sallıel Brothers will see a funk driven assemblage of Turkish songs. Erkan Ogur’s Anatolian Blues Project will be back to London after many years to perform a specially commissioned project. Yarkin Duo will provide a classical treat through a piano and kamancheh combo. Digital realms of jazz will be taken to the limits by The Origins feat. Baris Demirel while piano and bass duo Can Cankaya and Kagan Yildiz will perform Timeless, a mix of original and standard compositions.

The festival will run until the end of March. A full list of other events can be found on the festival’s website.

Image: Baris Demirel, (The Origins)- Turkuazz Festival

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