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

“Tribute to Miles” @ Jazz Festival

Posted on 6 July 2011

I’m looking forward to the jazz concert of tomorrow evening at the Cemil Topuzlu Open-air Theater in Harbiye. Together with lots of Turkish and foreign jazz lovers I will enjoy the performance of three of the jazz world’s living legends: Marcus Miller, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. For me this will be the main highlight… Read more »

Mardi Gras in my Kadıköy

Posted on 4 July 2011

I couldn’t see them in the first three performances they gave in Istanbul since the Jazz Festival started last Friday. Therefore I was very happy to see them here in my own Kadıköy. The Original Pinettes Brass Band, an all-women’s group from my favorite city in the U.S., New Orleans, that I visited many times… Read more »

I loved Lilian Viera & Grupo Cariopa

Posted on 3 July 2011

I loved the atmosphere and the music last night in the hidden garden at the Consulate-General of the Netherlands that was open for all jazz lovers. A lot of people joined the Netherland based band Lilian Viera & Grupo Cariopa as part of the Tünel Feast from 7:30 pm. Like me they were enjoying the… Read more »

Jazz Festival of Istanbul July 1-19

Posted on 26 June 2011

I am looking forward to the 18th edition of the Istanbul Jazz Festival. It starts on July 1st. The organizers offer a great program for lovers of all kinds of jazz. The Istanbul Jazz Festival will host a world premiere. Paying homage to the American musical genius Miles Davis. This concert brings together legends who… Read more »

Istanbul: the new party capital of Europe

Posted on 7 June 2011

I enjoy living in the most exciting city of the world: Istanbul. Over the last ten years this dynamic, bustling, chaotic and creative metropolis on the Bosporus has become more international and multicultural. The growing popularity of the city with exchange students from Europe, the U.S. and elsewhere, and an ever growing number of tourists… Read more »