World Rhythms Beat In Istanbul

FROM INDIA AND SENEGAL TO ENGLAND AND CUBA, THE RHYTHM MASTERS OF THE WORLD ARE MEETING AT CEMAL REŞİT REY CONCERT HALL ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH. THE OCCASION? IT’S OKAY TEMİZ’S BIRTHDAY!

Celebrated annually now since 2002, Okay Temiz’s birthday is Rhythm Day. This year’s concert lineup includes the renowned percussion virtuoso Giovanni Hidalgo, saxophonist Paquita D’Rivera, who is touted as one of the world’s leading jazz musicians, and Yamar Thiam, the talking drum of Senegal. Also taking the stage are: Ahmet Özden (zurna), Burcu Karadağ (ney), Çağdaş Burç (saxophone), Rüstem Çembeli (walking bass drum), Ebru Ayarcı (djembe), Tom Camidge (djembe), Okay Temiz (percussion), the ALGO-RITMO Percussion Group and the 80-member Okay Temiz Rhythm Workshop.

HE MADE HIS OWN DRUM
Born in Istanbul in 1939, Okay Temiz heard his first Turkish music from his mother, a trained musician. Trained in percussion and tympani at the Ankara State Conservatory of Classical Music, Temiz produced his own drum with its characteristic tone and timbre at the Tophane Art Institute.

Pairing up with trumpet player Maffy Falay in Sweden to form the group Sevda, Temiz later toured the world with the group, Xaba, which he formed with African bass player Johnny Dyani and South African trumpet player Mongezi Feza. The artist, who settled in Turkey in 1998 with the sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture, has over 60 albums that he made with a wide variety of musicians both in Turkey and abroad.

THE STOCKHOLM FURNITURE FAIR IS AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FOR GETTING TO KNOW SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN!
Held in Stockholm’s hard-to-pronounce Älvsjö district, the Stockholm Furniture Fair is one of the largest of its kind in the world. It is followed by forty thousand visitors each year, ensuring that the eyes of the whole world are fixed on Scandinavian design. The Northerners may have fallen somewhat out of the design spotlight of late, but it is worth going just to see their new products and to follow the designs of festival guest of honor, Arik Levy. From February 8 to 12th.

CEBIT 2011 Is Opening Soon
Held at the Deutsche Messe (exhibition grounds) in the German city of Hannover every year in the first week of March, the international informatics fair, CEBIT, will take place this year from March 1st to 5th. Cloud Computing, 3D, Information Management in Disaster Zones, and the New Generation Mobile Internet communications technologies are the topics to be covered at CEBIT 2011, of which Turkey is the official partner country. International business agreements under the umbrella term of new technologies are expected to put their stamp on the event, which will be attended by thousands of participants from hundreds of countries.

IF YOU GO TO NEW YORK, BE SURE TO VISIT LONG ISLAND CITY.
Founded and named for artist Isamu Noguchi, who has roots both in Japan and in the U.S., the Noguchi Museum is hosting ‘On Becoming an Artist: Isamu Noguchi and his Contemporaries: 1922 - 1960’ through April 24th, 2011. The exhibition, curated by Amy Wolf, includes leading names in art, dance, architecture and design who were in close contact with the artist during a specific period in his 84-year life.

Featuring photographs, sculptures, paintings and drawings, the exhibition includes works from the museum’s own collections as well as other collections.

An artist of Mozambique origin, Mariza has taken Lisbon’s Fado tradition all over the world.  The Latin Grammy Award-winning singer, who started singing Fado at age five, is going to be at İş Sanat the evening of February 2nd to promote her new album, Fado Tradicional.

Macy Gray is at Babylon on two consecutive nights. Born Natalie Hinds, Gray has five albums that are remembered in the same breath as greats like Billie Holiday, Bette Davis and Tina Turner. She will perform for her Istanbul fans the evenings of February 14th and 15th.

A fair specializing in wedding preparations, Wedding World opens at Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Center on February 4th. A concept shoot entitled Love and Tolerance was made in Mardin-Midyat by Koray Kasap and his team for the fair, which runs though February 6th.

Yüzyılın Aşkı (Love of the Century), a new play by a Turkish theater ensemble known as Ve Diğer Şeyler Topluluğu, tells the imaginary love stories of eight different characters who lived in Turkey at eight different times in the last century. Written and directed by Yeşim Özsoy Gülan, the play premieres at GalataPerform the evening of February 12th.

Tony Gatlif is a French director who treats the theme of gypsies in his work and has made such films as Gadjo Dilo, Latcho Drom and Swing. His film stills are being featured in the February chat series, Readings from Film Frames, at Akbank Sanat on the 15th. 

Istanbul’s Galeri Apel is featuring works by Aydan Baktır, Bayram Candan, Can Göknil, Aslımay Altay Göney, Güler Güngör, Yücel Kale, Kurucu Koçanoğlu, Suzy Hug Levy, Emre Senan, Elif Süsler, Yıldız Şermet, Hande Varsat and Y. Bahadır Yıldız in its exhibition, ‘Vitrine’, through February 19th.

Istanbul’s Galeri Apel is featuring works by Aydan Baktır, Bayram Candan, Can Göknil, Aslımay Altay Göney, Güler Güngör, Yücel Kale, Kurucu Koçanoğlu, Suzy Hug Levy, Emre Senan, Elif Süsler, Yıldız Şermet, Hande Varsat and Y. Bahadır Yıldız in its exhibition, ‘Vitrine’, through February 19th.

Istanbul has been the setting of many a tale since the days of Byzantium, and now the Emperor Constantine, Mehmed the Conqueror and the Hagia Sophia are coming together in a post-modern dance story. The work, ‘Kismet’, premieres at Istanbul’s Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall on February 24th and 25th.

Written by Levent Kazak and directed by Laçin Ceylan, Cam (Glass) is at the TİM Maslak Show Center on February 27th. Dolunay Soysert, Mete Horozoğlu Deniz Çakır, Bülent Alkış and Selen Üçer share the roles in this play that frankly examines the fragility and authenticity of relationships.

Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra (BİFO) is performing at Caddeboston Culture Center on February 23rd and at Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Centre on February 24th. Markus Schirmer will be the soloist at the concerts, under the baton of BİFO Art Director and Conductor, Sascha Goetzel.