• Mor ve Otesi
    Sunday, May 29 @7 PM
    Rickshaw Stop
    155 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
    Turkish alternative rock concert with Popular group Mor ve Otesi will be with San Francisco music lovers.

    On-line: $40
    About Mor ve Otesi
    A main attraction in the Turkish alternative rock scene, Mor Ve Ötesi followed a very rough path and had their breakthrough only after their fourth effort. Once a band against capitalism and everything it brought upon the new world, they were, album by album, accepted into the mainstream as a modern rock band singing Turkish lyrics. An inspiration to many bands and the voice of a generation, Mor Ve Ötesi is a top-notch band defining the direction that Turkish rock is headed in. Mor Ve Ötesi was formed by Kerem Kabadayi (drums), Harun Tekin (vocals/guitar), Derin Esmer (vocals/guitar), and Alper Tekin (bass) in 1995. Commencing work on songs immediately, the band released the debut album Sehir (“The City”) in 1996. The album was an amateur effort with the band looking more like a group of high school kids. Nevertheless, they managed to produce a hit with “Yalniz Sarki,” which was also featured in the Hasan Yükselir compilation released by ADA Muzik. A year and many gigs later, Burak Güven (who shouldn’t be confused with the bass player of Bulutsuzluk Özlemi) replaced Alper Tekin on bass. Their second album was released in 1999. Brak Zaman Aksin (“Let the Time Flow”) was more like the debut, but better produced, better played, and apparently better written. Although the album fell short of receiving much attention, it contained some hints of what Mor Ve Ötesi could accomplish. Harun Tekin and Derin Esmer traded vocal duties for the last time, as Esmer left the band after the release. Kerem Özyegen was chosen as the guitarist. In 2000, Mor Ve Ötesi participated in the tribute album to Bülent Ortaçgil with their version of “Sen Varsin.” Özyegen, along with the new producer Tarkan Gozubuyuk — bass player with metal pioneers Mezarkabul — provided the much-needed new blood for the band. Third album Gül Kendine (“Laugh at Yourself”), released in 2001, saw the band mature both in musical and commercial ways. The world-class, edgy production revealed a quality album, while Harun Tekin was becoming an attractive idol for young girls. The band was also becoming a central image for humanitarian acts. They took the stage against nuclear energy and teamed up with important musicians like Bülent Ortaçgil, Feridun Duzagaç, and Nejat Yavasogullari for an anti-war anthem “Savasa Hic Gerek Yok.” In 2003, the band released a cover version of a popular Turkish song “Yaz Yaz Yaz” as a single and wrote the music for the Cagan Irmak film Mustafa Hakkinda Hersey. But the album that made Mor Ve Ötesi what they are today was their fourth effort, Dünya Yalan Söylüyor (“The World Is Lying”). The soft side of Tekin’s vocals were gone, the musicianship had improved, and although they had already written a handful of good songs, not a single one of them was close to the quality of any of the songs on this one. When Dünya Yalan Söylüyor was released in 2004, all hell broke loose immediately. Selling over 250,000 copies, it was chosen as the “Best Turkish Rock Album of All Times” by Blue Jean magazine and “Second Best Turkish Rock Album of the Last 10 Years” by Billboard. “Bir Derdim Var” featured in the film Mustafa Hakkinda Hersey was “Best Film Song” at the 41st Antalya International Golden Orange Film Festival. The follow-up to their groundbreaking Dünya Yalan Söylüyor was released in 2006. Although Büyük Düsler was also chosen as the “Best Turkish Rock Album of the Year” and “Best Album of the Year” by Blue Jean and Rolling Stone Turkey, it wasn’t close to living up to the success of its predecessor. Some gigs in Turkey and an eight date tour of Germany saw the band play in front of thousands of fans. The band recorded “1945” for a tribute album of late producer Onno Tunc and they also formed their own label Rakun in 2007. Mor Ve Ötesi was chosen to represent Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008
  • Erkan Ogur and Ismail Hakki Demircioglu will present Turkish Folk Music at Ashkenaz: 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, California 94702, on Sunday, April 10th, 2016.
    $25 Online – $35 Door

    “…resonant tones and dramatic elegance of some of the most beautiful music in the world.”
    – Monica Kendrick, Chicago Reader
    “Erkan Oğur is “one of the driving forces in Turkish music today, not only as an archivist of the traditional repertoire, but also as an artist determined to keep Turkish music alive and vibrant.”

    About the artist:
    Erkan Ogur was born in Ankara, Central Anatolia in 1954 and grew up in the city of Elazig, which is located to the east of Ankara. His introduction to music of Anatolia came early at the age of five. Erkan taught himself to play violin, saz (Turkish lute) and cumbus (a small fretless lute similar to banjo), other authentic instruments and started to play music of Eastern Turkey with local musicians at social gatherings such as weddings. During high school years, he heard Jimi Hendrix’s guitar on the radio, which led Erkan to pick up the guitar. He worked in developing both his electric and guitar playing techniques and utilizing these to blend with Turkish maqam and forms.

    Ogur interprets music both from classical and folk domains and is a also member of Telvin Trio, which mainly performs Turkish folk music in improvised jazz style, with Ilkin Deniz and Turgut Alp Bekoglu.

    Ismail Hakki Demircioglu

    Ismail Hakki Demircioglu was born Pazar, Rize on the Black Sea coast of Turkey in 1957. He grew in Pazar and left for Istanbul to study in the Conservatory. In 1984, he completed his studies at National Conservatory in Istanbul, playing both traditional instruments such as saz and modern instruments such as bass guitar. He first joined Ruhi Ayangil Turkish Music Orchestra. Later, he was a member of prestigious Ruhi Su Chorus, led by folk musician Ruhi Su. His collaboration with Erkan Ogur started around 1988. They have been performing in concerts in and outside of Turkey and released two albums together: Demircioglu (“Anadolu Besik – Anatolia the Cradle”, “Gulun Kokusu Vardi – Rose had fragrance”). Ismail Hakki also released a solo album, “Nasip Olsa”, in 2004.

  • On Sunday, March 6th audience at Rickshow Stop, San Francisco  will have the chance to be captivated by Sertab Erener Concert collaborated by Roxody Productions & Serdar Ilhan Productions. Tickets are available online for 45$, 60$ at the door.

    Sertab Erener, one of the most eminent voices in Turkish pop music concert combines with Sertab Erener’s Turkish songs and traditional Turkish folk songs.

    Sertab Erener, born in 1964 in Istanbul is a Turkish pop star also a cross-over soprano with a vocal range that extends to high F. She is one of the most successful female Turkish pop singers in her homeland, and is considered one of the divas of Turkish pop music in Europe.

    One of Demir Demirkan’s songs, “Every Way That I Can,” presented by Sertab Erener and won the first prize in the 2003 Eurovision Song Competition and sold 400,000 units worldwide.

    What:     Roxody & Serdar Ilhan presents Sertab Erener Concert in San Francisco and Los Angeles

    Where:   Rickshow Stop – 155 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

    When:    Sunday, March 6, 2016 – 7:00 PM

    Contact:  Roxody Productions – Serdar Ilhan Productions – –

    SF Tickets are available at

  • Turkish Fasil Night with Hasan Isakkut
    Saturday, July 18 –
    Doors open at 9 pm
    Concert will start at 9:30pm
    Peña Pachamama 1630 Powell St, San Francisco, California 94133

    This is the traditional Turkish Music night with the one of the best musician team in USA.
    HASAN ISAKKUT will be accompanied by the singer SERPIL BORA ;
    MURAT TEKBILEK Turkish Darbuka,
    ALI CEYHUN KARTALSUNA Turkish Darbuka/Davul.

    The brilliant Turkish musician and composer HASAN ISAKKUT represents a stunning instrumental program of original compositions which evoke moods of the Middle East, jazz, new age, and classical music.

    Hasan Isakkut & Serpil Bora Duet

    $30 Pp.
    Dinner and appetizers will be available for your purchase.

    Seats are first come first serve.
    If you have prier reservation for dinner at the restaurant $30 fee will be charged to your bill if you chose to stay for the event. If you don’t plan on having reservation at the restaurant you can purchase tickets at the door. Dinner and drink will be served at the venue for your purchase.

    With his newest recording, Hayat 1 Hayat. The CD features both an instrumental and vocal version of his hit “I Love You” which was covered by the famous Turkish diva Muazzez Ersoy and also appeared on the CD compilation Buddha Bar Volume Two. n thic CD all the music was written by Hasan, except for two exciting traditional Turkish instrumental pieces. Joining Hasan is the well known Omar Faruk Tekbilek on zurna and ney, along with percussionist River Guerguerian, Chris Rosser on guitar, keyboards, and dotar, (he also handled the engineering and mastering chores), Eliot Wadofian on fretless bass, Murat Tekbilek on darbuka, and Juan Benavides on acoustic guitar. Throughout the recording, Hasan displays his virtuosic kanun playing, mournful violin playing, and passionate singing.

    I Love you:

    Serpil Bora is a graduate of Istanbul Technical University Music Conservatory with a specialty in Turkish Classical Music. During her conservatory education, she received vocal lessons from Alaeddin Yavasca, Cetin Korukcu, Tulin Korman and more. She plays kanun in addition to her singing career.

    Prior to moving to the United States, she performed as a member of the Turkish Youth Chorus at Turkish State Radio and Television (TRT). She moved to the U.S. ten years ago. First, she joined the Middle East Music Ensemble directed by Issa Boulos in Chicago.

    Consequently, she moved to Los Angeles, where she joined the Silk Road Music and Dance Ensemble as the primary vocalist singing the group’s Turkish Classical Music reparatory. In addition to giving concerts in the Los Angeles area, she has participated in the Middle East Music and Dance Camp as part of the Silk Road Music and Dance Ensemble by teaching and performing Turkish Classical songs.

    Turkish Darbuka
    He was born into a family of musicians. Since the age of 5, he has studied with his father Omar Faruk and his uncle Ibrahim Turmen (another master musician). With a focus on darbuka, def, bendir and bongos, he has performed in numerous concerts and camps all over the world.

    He has had the pleasure of performing with a variety of Turkish, Greek, Armenian, Israeli, American and Lebanese musicians. For the past 15 years he has been on tour with his father’s ensemble and has been playing venues all around the world.

    His personal influences and mentors in the development of his individual self and music include the following great souls : Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Ibrahim Turmen, Amin Sultan, Hasan Isakkut, Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Askin Serbetci, Bahadir Sener, River Guerguerian, Chris Wabich, Ahmet Luleci, Ruhi Balaban, Setrak Sarkissian, Misirli Ahmet, and Yuri Yunakov.

    Highlight Performances include: Megaron, Athens | Sydney Opera House, Australia | Lutfi Kirdar, Istanbul | Lincoln Center, New York | Cervantino Festival, Mexico | Ford Theatre, Los Angeles | Dead Sea Festival, Israel | Barbican Hall, London | Millenium Park, Chicago | Rialto Theatre, Cyprus | Place de Arts, Montreal | Barcelona Auditorium, Spain | Eastman School of Music, Rochester | Sufi Festival, India

    Turkish Darbuka/Davul
    Ali Ceyhun Kartalsuna is a New York-based percussionist, producer and dancer who has created his own unique style of artistry incorporating techniques and rhythms from the traditions of Turkey, Africa, Cuba, Egypt and India.

    Ali moved to the United States from Istanbul, Turkey to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music under a fully endowed scholarship. He plans to double major in Electronic Production and Design and Performance.

    Kartalsuna has studied with notable teachers including Eguie Castrillo, Misirli Ahmet, Mike Ringquist, Mehmet Akatay and has performed across the world at venues such as The Lincoln Center, Philippines Endowment for the Arts and at Haiti Fashion week.

    Currently working out of New York City, he continues to perform in numerous local clubs including Such as Pasha Lavo, Greenhouse, Tao Kiss, Fly, Highline Ballroom, Gansevort Hotel and Club Arena.

    As he continues his studies and professional career development, Ali is working on a self-produced live show incorporating percussion soloing with alternative electronic production methods. The project will be debuted sometime in the summer of 2014.

  • Mechanical Turk
    Live Turkish Pop-Rock Concert

    Kaan Tariman (vocals), Can Yucel (guitar), Utku Deniz Kucuk (bass), Sonat Karakas (drums)

    Saturday, May 30th @ 10 PM
    Pena Pachamama Center – 1630 Powel Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
    Reservation: (415) 646 0018
    Door: $20 Cash Only
    Contact: – 408 – 6ROXODY
    Drinks / Finger foods / Mezes will be available for your purchase. Kitchen is closed during concert hours.

    Mechanical Turk Group members: Kaan Tariman (vocals), Can Yucel (guitar), Utku Deniz Kucuk (bass), Sonat Karakas (drums)

    About The Band:
    Mechanical Turk is a true Silicon Valley story — formed by 4 musicians with a variety of backgrounds in engineering. They shared the impulse of bringing some of the finest tunes of turkish pop-rock to the West Coast.

    Sonat Karakaş, former drummer of Celloband, the official band for Turkcell, meets with Can Yücel and Utku Küçük – two veterans of Sabanci University Rock Choir and together they decide to follow their dream to bring a taste of homeland to California. They are then joined by another Rock Choir veteran from Bogazici University this time, Kaan Tarıman – a musician who released his solo album hitting the charts couple of years ago.

    The four love making music together and they’re very excited to share it with the audience soon. Come and join us to have a great time!

    Mechanical Turk Description:
    The Turk, also known as the Mechanical Turk or Automaton Chess Player was a fake chess-playing machine constructed in the late 18th century. From 1770 until its destruction by fire in 1854 it was exhibited by various owners as an automaton, though it was exposed in the early 1820s as an elaborate hoax. More info:

    Kaan Tarıman’s website: