On May 11th, Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival will host a performance full of funk and jazz as Önder Focan & Şallıel Bros take the stage at the #studio with their project titled Funkbook!
A prominent figure in the jazz scene of Turkey, Önder Focan is the founder of the jazz club Nardis as well as being a virtuoso with the jazz guitar. Organizing over 315 concerts each year, Focan has hosted esteemed musicians such as Benny Golson, Dianne Reeves, Terence Blanchard, Ernie Watts, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Al Foster, Kurt Elling, Thierney Sutton and Jeff Hamilton. Having appeared in many prestigious festivals around Turkey and the world since 1985, Focan released a number of albums and received critical acclaim with each of them. An alumnus of METU, Focan received the Kristal Martı award from his high school, Kadıköy Maarif.
Şallıel Bros, which consists of tenor saxophonist Anıl Şallıel and alto saxophonist Batuhan Şallıel, started their music career with playing the songs of their father Mümin Şallıel and soon set on their own path. Their project titled What da Funk began in 2012 and Şallıel Bros went on to play with esteemed musicians such as Dave Weckl and Nicola Conte.
Funkbook was born in a concert at Nardis Jazz Club, in which Şallıel Bros were accompanying Önder Focan on stage. Receiving critical acclaim in a short period of time, the project turned in to a 9-song album which was released last year. The songs of Önder Focan were covered with a more funky and energetic sound, thanks to the contributions of Şallıel Bros.
Funkbook, the project of Önder Focan & Şallıel Bros, will be at the #studio on May 11th as a part of Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival!
Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival
Istanbul is getting ready to host a brand new festival! Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival, which looks at music from a broad perspective while adopting the polyphony of it, will take place for the first time between May 3rd and 12th!
Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival, which will also feature shades of blues, electronic, ethnic, funk, indie, classic, pop and rock, will position itself in the middle of the art and culture scene of the city between May 3rd and 12th.
Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival, which will take place between May 3rd and 12th, will feature the following line-up full of jazz legends and amazing talents: Chick Corea, the legendary American jazz/fusion pianist and composer, who will share the stage with American jazz drummer Brian Blade and Puerto Rican jazz contrabass player Eddie Gómez; Jan Garbarek, the Norwegian saxophonist who is considered as the founder of Scandinavian jazz, and Indian percussionist/composer Trilok Gurtu; American jazz, soul and blues artist Beth Hart; Grammy award-winning pianist Michel Camilo and Spanish flamenco virtuoso Tomatito; Stephan Micus, the multi-instrumentalist from Germany who is one of the most esteemed names of contemporary classical music and world music; Brazzaville, the American band which combines indie-pop, bossa nova and chamber pop; Esmerine, the Canadian band which brings together modern chamber music with sub-genres such as drone, post-punk and Turkish folk music; Pantha du Prince, the German producer/composer and conceptual artist; Oriental Wind, the project of Okay Temiz which will harmonize jazz and improvisation with influence from Turkish folklore and sufi music; the concert which will feature the music from Nezih Ünen's documentary Lost Songs of Anatolia being performed by esteemed musicians; Funkbook, the project of Önder Focan and Şallıel Bros, two prominent figures of Turkey's music scene; Gaye Su Akyol, who has continued the success of her debut album Develerle Yaşıyorum in her second one, Hologram İmparatorluğu; Redd, one of the most successful pop/rock bands from Turkey; Gülün / Allulli / De Raymondi, a multicultural project which brings together music from different geographies and Esra Kayıkçı, an up-and-coming singer/songwriter from Turkey!
Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival will kickstart a brand new tradition in the art and culture scene of Istanbul with the parties, panels, workshops, record market, open air free events, film and documentary screenings it will host along with breathtaking performances that will cover a diverse range of genres under one roof; jazz!