22nd Istanbul Jazz Festival: June 27 - July 15, 2015

27 June - 15 July 2015

The 22nd Istanbul Jazz Festival will liven up and radiate the city, with the legends of jazz in 35 concerts featuring over 250 international and local musicians, at 15 venues. Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), sponsored by Garanti Bank, the festival will be held from 27 June to 15 July 2015.


Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Emin Fındıkoğlu kicks off the festival!

The 22nd Istanbul Jazz Festival will open with Emin Fındıkoğlu’s new project Emin Fındıkoğlu+12 premiering some of his new works, in the Garden of the Austrian Cultural Office in Yeniköy on Saturday, 27 June. The doyen jazz musician, a milestone of Turkish Jazz, pianist and composer Emin Fındıkoğlu will receive the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening night, which will also present R&B vocalist Bora Uzer with his project specially tailored for the festival.

His touch is sublime!

The award winning jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan will be at the festival with two special concerts

On Tuesday, 30 JuneTigran Hamasyan will put a new light on traditional Armenian music at the Hagia Eirene Museum, where he will be joined by the Yerevan State Chamber Music Choir, directed by Harutyun Topikyan for his new chamber choir project Luys i LusoLuys i Luso is a uniquely fresh interpretation of Armenian sacred music from 5th to 19th centuries, and includes breathtaking compositions by Armenian theologians, linguists, poets, and composers, arranged for piano and voices by Tigran Hamasyan himself. This project will be performed at a hundred different churches around the world and its album will be released under the title of ECM in September.

Tigran will meet jazz-enthusiasts a second time, on Wednesday, 1 July for a lilting and melodic concert with his trio at the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall. Resembling indie-rock musicians for his energy on stage, Hamasyan will be joined bySam Minaie on the bass and Arthur Hnatek on the drums. Hamasyan’s second concert will feature pieces from his latest album Mockroot, released in February.

Joan Baez back in Istanbul after 11 years!

The legendary folk musician Joan Baez has already left half a century behind in her music career with more than 30 albums, acclaimed as one of the leading female vocals in popular music also known for her activism. Joan Baez will be back in Istanbul after 11 years within the scope of the festival and she will be singing her unforgettable ballads like Diamonds & Rust, Donna Donna, Queen of Hearts, along with other classics like House of the Rising Sun, Let it Be, and Forever Young at the Cemil Topuzlu Amphitheatre on Wednesday,1 July.


Marcus Miller’s latest project Afrodeezia:

A musical excursion through Africa to America

The bass genius Marcus Miller, well-known to the audiences for his impressive technique and brilliant albums, is back at the festival at the Cemil Topuzlu Amphitheatre on Thursday, 2 July with his latest project AfrodeeziaAfrodeezia is a masterful contemporary reflection of transcontinental rhythms and melodies that have migrated through the spirits of African slaves as they were transported to South America, the Caribbean, and the United States before refracting back across the globe in the contemporary era through jazz, R&B, and hip-hop.

The European Jazz Club series at Salon İKSV

The European Jazz Club series that bring accomplished figures of the jazz scene in Turkey together with European virtuosos, thus creating a jam-session atmosphere, continues to present all new projects at Salon İKSV in the 9th edition. The first concert of the European Jazz Club series is WeeD Feat. ERNST REIJSEGERŞenol Küçükyıldırım’s band WeeD, with Çağlayan Yıldız and Şevket Akıncı on the guitar and Murat Çopur on the bass guitar, strolls on the borders of sounds in search of the yet undiscovered. The WeeD will feature Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger, a virtuoso renowned for his creative use of the cello in many genres and styles, from classic to modern and to the scores of Werner Herzog films.

Did you know about Istanbul?

  • Istanbul, the meeting point of cultures, civilizations and continents for centuries, is one of the most multicultural metropolises of the world today.
  • Istanbul is at the centre of the second-largest urban area in Europe and among the world's largest cities by population within city limits.
  • With its natural beauty, historical significance and cultural events, every year Istanbul welcomes more tourists than previous years.
  • Istanbul was the European Capital of Culture in 2010 and was the world's tenth-most popular tourist destination with seven million foreign visitors.
  • It is very easy to visit Istanbul from all over the world. Please check the official website www.evisa.gov.tr/en for the electronic visa application system.
  • With its nearly 400 registered hotels, 65 museums and palaces, 64 mosques and 49 churches as well as hundreds of restaurants, clubs and thousands of star names hosted every year, Istanbul is a cultural hub and a glamorous music destination!
  • Istanbul Jazz Festival was the host city partner of 2013 International Jazz Day in Istanbul, realised with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey.

To plan your stay in Istanbul, please contact: planyourstay@iksv.org for further information about travel and tours.

22nd Istanbul Jazz Festival Tickets

Tickets for the festival can be purchased through Biletix sales channelsBILETIX Call Centre (+90 216 556 98 00) / www.biletix.com and the main box office at İKSV (Nejat Eczacıbaşı Binası Sadi Konuralp Cad. No: 5 Şişhane - Istanbul).


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