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

Planeur rock band releases debut album

Posted on 10 January 2012

  Planeur, the rock band formed by musician Onur Ataman and vocalist Serkan Modalı, released their debut studio album, Gelecek (Future), on the music label Avrupa Music. Ataman is one of the finest jazz guitarists in Turkey. He was the first-ever Turkish student to enroll in the Netherlands’ Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he earned his… Read more »

Manço’s mansion is now a museum

Posted on 5 November 2011

Barış Manço, the late popsinger, composer, song-writer and musician, remains one of the most popular public figures of Turkey. One of the ferry boats on the route between Kadiköy , on the Asian side of Istanbul, and Karaköy, on the European side, is named after him. In the Moda neighbourhood, where he had a mansion,… 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 »

Babylon, my favorite live music club

Posted on 29 September 2011

Undisputed No. 1 by far is Babylon on my list of the ten best live music and dance clubs in Istanbul. For over ten years Babylon has been a prominent venue for live music because of its excellent programming. Except in Summer, the rest of the year they have several concerts a week. Babylon presents a… Read more »

Jazz by Billie and the Beyoğlu Boys

Posted on 26 February 2011

Street music is still at an early stage in Istanbul. But more and more musicians contribute to the dynamic and divers street life in Beyoğlu. You will encounter a violinist, educated in classic music, from Ukraine, who plays lovely classic pieces by all famous composers. A man from the Balck Sea coast with his three-stringed… Read more »