Istanbul is unique. It is the only city in the world where two continents meet. Enjoy old and new in the cultural capital of Turkey with Istanbul expert Marc Guillet

Renovation of Atatürk Cultural Center

Posted on 17 February 2012

The Atatürk Cultural Center in Istanbul’s Taksim Square will finally undergo a thorough restoration and renovation. The building has been closed for 8 years already while the bureaucrats, politicians, engineers, architects and other experts were unable to make an agreement on the project. The TL 30 million (€13 million) project will be sponsored by the… Read more »

Kirmizi: Turkish all-female heavy metal band

Posted on 4 February 2012

I discovered Kirmizi, a Turkish all-female heavy metal band, when they were playing in DoRock bar in Taksim on a Sunday evening. DoRock is the favorite place for heavy metal fans in Istanbul. Kirmizi was founded by Idil Çağatay and Aslı Polat in 2005 and consist of 4 women: Idil Çağatay (Voclas), Aslı Polat (Drums),… Read more »

World-renowned jazz artists @ festival

Posted on 30 September 2011

  The 21st edition of the Akbank Jazz Festival in Istanbul kicks off on Thursday October 13. World-renowned jazz artists will be in town for concerts. Plus there will be workshops, panel discussions, competitions, jazz brunches and “Jazz at Campus” concerts.     Some of my favorite musicians for this year’s festival: 80-year old Serbian… Read more »

“Midnight Express” music @ Babylon

Posted on 12 September 2011

My favorite music venue in Istanbul, club Babylon, is opening its new season this month with a promising program of acts from around the globe. Musicians from Mali, Ethiopia, Britain, the U.S. and Turkey. Concerts by controversial and original musicians like Mulatu Astatke, Tinariwen, Fun-Da-Mental, Rainbow Arabia, BaBa ZuLa, and Ilhan Erşahin. Babylon believes in… Read more »

Jazz legends honor Miles Davis

Posted on 8 July 2011

Bass player Marcus Miller said it best: ‘It is amazing that Miles passed away 20 years ago. Nobody of us realized that it happened so many years ago. But Miles lives on in us, in all who worked with him and were influenced by him’. Thousands of Turkish and foreign jazz lovers at the Harbiye… Read more »