Two And A Half Weeks Of Jazz

The 22nd Akbank Jazz Festival, October 3 to 21, is again bringing the jazz world’s homegrown and foreign greats to the Istanbul stage.

One of the most conspicuous aspects of this year’s Akbank Jazz Festival is the geographical variety of the artists who are visiting Turkey as part of the event. They come from as far afield as India as well as from lands closer to home like the the Middle East, the Balkans and the Northern and Scandinavian countries, which could be said to be on the rise in the last few years.

The free and unconstricted nature of jazz means that these musicians can create a fusion of everything from ethnic sounds to rock. Rudesh Mahanthappa’s Samdhi project, which combines traditional Indian music with electronic, and Jens Thomas, who interprets AC/DC’s songs as ballads, are just two examples. At the same time, the Akbank Jazz Festival is continuing its support for young jazz musicians through High School Jazz Workshops, On-campus Jazz Concerts and the JAmZZ young talents competition.


Greek pianist and composer Eleni Karaindrou’s concert to commemorate the great director Theo Angelopoulos is tipped to be one of the Akbank Jazz Festival’s most memorable.