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"The music is colorful, fanciful, full of rhythmic life, and full of feeling. The multiculturalism is not touristy, but rather sophisticated, informed, internalized; Sanlıkol is a citizen of the world."
- Boston Globe

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol Jazz Orchestra CD Release Show

At this CD release concert Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol will present his modern jazz compositions for big band as well as jazz combo compositions specifically influenced by Turkish music from his new album.

Sanlıkol came to United States in the year of 1993 when he won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. In 1997, he founded the contemporary jazz ensemble AudioFact and toured Mexico, Argentina, the USA and Europe. The same year, he received Berklee College of Music's Clare Fischer Award and completed his degree in Jazz Composition and Film Scoring. While at Berklee Sanlıkol studied with such accomplished composers like Herb Pomeroy and Ken Pullig. In the beginning of 1998 he released a CD, entitled Black Spot, with AudioFact. In the year 2000 he graduated from New England Conservatory of Music with a Master's Degree in Jazz Composition. In the year 2003 Sanlıkol has released AudioFact’s second CD entitled Asitane and has taught in the theory and music history departments of New England Conservatory. In the year 2004 Mehmet completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Composition at the New England Conservatory and helped find Dünya based in Boston, Massachusetts. Sanlıkol is the president of Dünya, a musicians’ collective, dedicated to contemporary presentations of Turkish traditions, alone and in interaction with other musical traditions, through musical performance, publication, and educational activities. Since its founding Sanlıkol has produced, performed and delivered talks at over ninety Dünya events. This organization has also released 9 CDs as well as a DVD featuring Mehmet Sanlıkol both as a director/performer and a composer.

Mehmet Sanlıkol has composed for, performed and toured with international stars and ensembles such as Tiger Okoshi, Bob Brookmeyer, Esperanza Spalding, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Okay Temiz, Erkan Oğur, Yansımalar, Omar Faruk Tekbilek and The Boston Camerata at numerous prestigious International Music Festivals and venues such as the Blue Note Jazz club in New York. Dr. Sanlıkol actively delivers papers and talks at academic conferences such as Music and Islam symposium at Tufts University, Sohbet-i Osmaniye series at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology. He is currently a faculty member at College of the Holy Cross and Brown University. Dr. Sanlıkol’s book, entitled The Musician Mehters, about the organization and the music of the Ottoman Janissary Bands has been published during 2011 in both English and Turkish.

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