Fahir Atakoğlu’s new album “Istanbul in Blue” is being picked up by many radio stations across the USA and the list is growing. Atakoğlu’s fans have sent thousands of email requests to XM Radio to listen his latest album.
The face of New York changes with every street … I leave Chinatown, with its heavy smell of ducks hanging in the storefronts like bunches of hairpins, and move to Little Italy accompanied by the smell of cakes fresh from the oven.
By Melda Akansel Having made the promotion of Turkish composers and their works their mission, Sinem and Didem Balık, known in the music world as the Opera Twins, are greatly admired by vocal-music connoisseurs. Soprano Leyla Gencer, Turkish opera’s gift to the world
The Turkish image in Hollywood has revolved around movies with no artistic value but which were used to spread propaganda such as “Midnight Express”, directed by Oliver Stone, or “Laurence of Arabia” and “Ararat”. The Turkish characters are shown only when there is a need for an evil Middle Easterner in a scene or when a villain is needed for a fight scene with the main character.
Turkey has not sent only unskilled workers to Europe, even if the stereotype image of the Turk is that of an immigrant worker doing manual labor. Mehmet Guler is one of our painters esteemed for his career and works of art. He has displayed his canvases at exhibitions, biennials, and museums all around the world.
By Muge Mengu Lovers of classical music will be familiar with the name Efe Baltacigil, a rare talent who, after astounding Yo Yo Ma with his mastery of cello, received an invitation to share the stage with music giants like Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman and Midori at Carnegie Hall, New York’s famous concert hall.
Since last year music enthusiasts in Boston have been able to enjoy themselves at a variety of music concerts, ranging from arabesque to Sufi music, from Anatolian rock to the songs of the famous minstrel Asik Veysel, from jazz to Turkish Art Music.