• Saturday, July 19 @ 9 PM
    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 will be accompanied by the singer SERPIL BOROZAN ; GURKAN CAKMAK Turkish Nay/Mey/Zurna,; ALI CEYHUN KARTALSUNA Turkish Darbuka/Davul.

    Hasan Isakkut & Serpil Borazan Duet

    Early birds: $25 Pp.
    Last week of the concert $30 Pp
    Door and Last day of sale: $35
    Dinner and appetizers will be available for your purchase.

    About Hasan Isakkut:
    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 Borazan 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 Nay/Mey/Zurna
    Gurkan Cakmak is one of the prominent masters of wind instruments residing in Istanbul, Turkey. His primary studies were at Istanbul Technical University Turkish Music Conservatory and Halic University Turkish Music Conservatory in Istanbul. At the present he is performing internationally and throughout Turkey and teaching wind instrument classes at the same universities he has graduated from. (Istanbul Technical University Turkish Music Conservatory and Halic University Turkish Music Conservatory).

    Some of the projects Mr. Cakmak has participated as an instrumentalist and soloist are: Roberto Cacciapaglia, Album and Concerts (Milano, 2012), Vangelis , Meeting of Civilizations Project, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra Soloist Instrumentalist ( Doha, 2011), Kent Orchestra, Eurovision Concert, Soloist/Instrumentalist (2010), Antalya Symphony Orchestra Mevlana Project (2009), Ferhat Göçer and Albano, Simony Concerts (2008), Anatolian Folk Ensemble , Pakistan and Germany appearances (1996).

    He also appeared in concerts and participated in their recording projects with some of the very well known artists like Hüsnü Şenlendirici, Sıla, Demet Akalın, Yavuz Bingol, İbrahim Tatlıses and Müslüm Gürses.

    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.

  • Friday, July 11th @ 9:30 PM – Belly Dance Showcase
    Internationally Known Belly Dancer Zadiel’s shows with his extraordinary belly dancer’s and his talented students.

    Amina Goodyear – Ziva – Maria – Irina – Lamia – Eyyam

    Zadiel Performer, Trainer and Choreographer of Oriental Dance. Traveling and sharing his knowledge of the Oriental and Turkish Folklore dance all over the world.
    Zadiel – Germany’s famoust and most booked male Bellydancer!

    Zadiel,alias Mehmet Sasmaz, is originally turkish, born and raised in Berlin with a strong connection with the oriental dance since childhood. Beside oriental bellydance, he was also trained in turkish folklore, wich strongly formed his dance and wich has formed a harmonic connection between turkish and oriental belly dance style for him.

    Zadiel, a passionate dancer with excelent references, is verry well known in Berlin and Germany for his lots of great performances and education methods with clear didactics.

    His fire and impulsive dance style, clear and explicit dance technique, his grace and charisma characterize Zadiel as a true artist in his own right.

    Zadiel has performed and instructed workshops all over Germany and in countries like France, England, Switzerland, Austria, Turkey, Spain, Poland, Belgium, Greece, Holland, several times in Japan and the USA!
    Zadiel Sasmaz is a Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp teacher in the Redwoods, Mendocino, California, USA!

    Zadiel is the leader of the Velvet Snake Group, the Zadiraks Belly Dance School in Berlin and he is the main organizer of the Orientalhane Bellydance Festival in Berlin.

    While dancing my soul sparks.. “Zadiel”.

    Zadiel’s School of Oriental Dance in Berlin:

    Guest of Honor: Amina Goodyear
    Amina Goodyear who is a Dancer and Teacher, Artistic Director and Choreographer for The Aswan Dancers. She is specialized on Egyptian Style Belly Dance. Amina Goodyear supports Belly Dancers in years.

  • New Year’s Turkish Balkan Night

    Stars with Stars : Fanfare Zambaleta and Briget Boyle with Turkish repertoire – Internationally known Belly Dance Star ZiVA

    It’s always a party with Fanfare Zambaleta!

    Emulating the great Balkan brass bands of the past and present, they play Turkish, Romani, Serbian, Macedonian and Greek brass band music with passion and dedication. FZ’s potent musical concoction of wild improvisation, meticulous ensemble coordination, earth-shaking low brass, thunderous drumming and jubilant vocals will move your feet and lift your soul.
    On line: $99 –Door $120 – Mezes, finger food, and one drink included.

    New Year’s Eve’s Program:
    9 Pm Turkish VINE tasting
    10 PM Fanfare Zambeleta’s LIVE performance – Turkish Balkan music
    12 AM ZIVA, Belly Dancer
    12:30 -1:30 AM Fanfare Zambeleta
    Raffle during the night

    Raffle Prizes:
    $500 value Gift from DIGITURK – Turkish TV by Digiturk Sports Package and IP Box.

    $ 400 value Gift from Nil Yucel Dentistry –Choice of professional exam & cleaning or Exam & whitening

    25$ Victoria Bakery, Marine gift cards.

    About Fanfare Zambeleta:
    Emulating the great Balkan brass bands of the past and present, they play Turkish, Romani, Serbian, Macedonian and Greek brass band music with passion and dedication. FZ’s potent musical concoction of wild improvisation, meticulous ensemble coordination, earth-shaking low brass, thunderous drumming and jubilant vocals will move your feet and lift your soul.
    Mezes, finger food, and one drink included.
    Online: $99
    Door: $120
    If you decide to bring your kids you can pay at the door. Under 21 is $50.. Every kid will have a wrist band. There is a small private balcony for them to watch the event.
    This is a FUN-Tastic event. Are you ready to dance all night long with ethnic music? This is the right new Year party for you. Small tables and side seats will be available to rest…..

    Pictures by April Renae

    Yore folk Ensemble – – supported by Roxody Production’s New Year’s Income.

  • Mert Ozel, Turk sahillerindeki Akdeniz Ruzgarini yaz gecelerimize getiriyor.
    (Mediterranean Turkish Song in Turkey)

    Akdenize ozgu parcalarin yer alacagi unlu sanatcilarin muzikleriyle dolu bir aksam sizleri bekliyor.

    Tanju Okan’i hatirlayacaginiz, Kayahan’la ozlem gideceginiz Yasar’la duygulanacaginiz, keyifli Akdeniz parcalariyla eyleneceginiz dopdolu bir gece…

    Salle Piano’s

    1632 C Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
    Online $20, door $25
    One Drink Included

    “Turkish Roots meets Electro-Jazz”
    Yoshi’s San Francisco – Thursday, July 25th, 8pm
    1330 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115 | (415) 655-5600
    $22 advance, $26 at the door
    5$ off with promo code: EMPIRE

    Moe’s Alley Santa Cruz – Wednesday, July 24th, 7:30 PM

    About the group:

    Winners of 2012 Canadian Independent Music Awards and 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards for “World Group of the Year”, Minor Empire are known for their unique blend of traditional Turkish music with electronica, psychedelia and jazz. Group’s debut album Second Nature reached No.1 spot on Canada’s national World Music Chart in 2011. The album has garnered glowing reviews from international publications such as Songlines Magazine (UK), World Music Central (United States), and Folk World (Germany). It has been called “a dream debut”, and described as “fresh and hip”, “tradition from a new generation”, “perfect symbiosis between the traditional elements and the contemporary jazz and electronic sounds.” ___________________________________

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