The 25th Akbank Jazz Festival will run between Oct. 21 and Nov. 1 this year, bringing together jazz artists from around the world and Turkey alike, as well as organizing panels and workshops for youth and adults interested in jazz
The 25th Akbank Jazz Festival will present performances by respected jazz artists along with other activities like panels and workshops. The festival will host many panels and workshops with artists from Turkey and abroad on various topics. Attending panels is free of charge.
PANELS - Venues: Akbank Sanat
Astrays: Moderated by jazz programmer Hakan Rauf Tüfekçi, the panel keeps up by expanding topics that had been covered last year in its first iteration. The 1960s had an influence on a global scaled in cultural and social contexts, enhanced radical changes in the U.S. for the equality and freedom of African-Americans, and also had a major influence on jazz. Creative and hot-blooded musicians from this period claimed that mainstream jazz had been dominated by European-American white culture and they have slightly revolted against the musical and economic context of that period. The repercussions of these events on today within political artistic and economic contexts will be discussed by Çağlayan Yıldız and Tolga Tüzün and moderated by Hakan Rauf Tüfekçi.
When: Friday, Oct. 23 at 1:00 p.m.
Jazz on the radio: Jazz shows started to be produced on private radios apart from TRT Radio-3 by the 1990s and have increased in number with Internet broadcasting web radios. Moderated by Hülya Tunçağ, this panel will discuss the effect of this increase on the quality of broadcasted music by Turkey's well-known jazz show presenters Tuncel Gülsoy, Sevin Okyay and Levent Öget.
When: Saturday, Oct. 24 at 1:00 p.m.
Origins of European jazz: The Europe Jazz Network, which the Akbank Jazz Festival is also a member of, has presented a research project within the application of the European Union to the Creative Europe program. The research project titled "Common Origins of European Jazz" will be published following a three-year study. The book handles the European jazz story from the last 100 years with an organic and linear approach and expected to be published in 2018. The Italian coordinator of the project, Francesco Martinelli, and curators in charge of the Turkish part of the project, Hülya Tunçağ and Zuhal Focan, will present the project and will determine subjects and themes that experts and the audience would like to see included in the book about jazz in Turkey.
When: Friday, Oct. 30 at 1:00 p.m.
Jazz stand of the city for 25 years
Started in 1990 as part of a dream, the Akbank Jazz Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Considered one of the cultural milestones of the city, the festival has hosted many international musicians and witnessed their performances over the past years. The Akbank Jazz Festival, which has run annually for 25 years without a break, has always drawn considerable audiences. The festival's 25-year story will be presented in this panel by Derya Bigalı, Ahmet Uluğ, Sadettin Davran and Elif Çağlar.
When: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1:00 p.m.
WORKSHOPS - Venues: Akbank Sanat
Body music with kids: One of the events at the festival for young jazz lovers is the Body Music with Kids Workshop. This year, children combine their talents with their bodies, drawing and jazz. At this workshop led by expert psychologist, instructor, author and actor Burcu Tekin, children between 7 and 11 years old will set their creativity free by creative drama, improvisation, rhythmic dance and drawing activities. They will make a drawing of jazz while being entertained by games and dances.
When: Friday, Oct. 24 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Workshop fee: TL 20 TL ($6.70) Participation restricted to 10 children.
Jazz Music with Kids: This workshop will be based on the Orff Approach, the basic swing rhythm will be presented to children with body percussion, rhymes and games to children between 7 and 12 years old. Based on this rhythm, xylophones, marimbas, glockenspiels and other keyed metalophones as well as percussion instruments will be used to produce simple melodic improvisations with children and will form a colorful children's jazz orchestra by arranging final compositions.
When: Oct. 31 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Workshop fee: TL 15 TL Participation restricted to 18 children.
Drum & Bass Magazine // Guitar Magazine Workshop: Expected by amateurs and professionals interested in music and instruments, Drum&Bass Magazine Workshops are in their third year. Open to amateurs and professionals of all ages, the workshop will be held on Sunday, Nov. 1and will allow participants to develop their musical ability and experiences and to meet masters of the jazz universe.
When: Sunday, Oct. 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Participation fee for each workshop: TL 25 Participation restricted to 100 people.
Istanbul Lindy Hoppers: Swing Workshop: Started in the 1920s - a golden age of jazz in its own right - and continued until the 1940s, you can learn the subtlety, rhythms and first steps of swing dancing we are familiar with from Hollywood movies in this workshop.
When: Saturday, Oct. 24 at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 at 3:00 p.m. Where: The Mekan