Istanbul Jazz Festival celebrates its 20th year

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Istanbul Jazz Festival gears toward bringing jazz stars and audiences together for the 20th time in July with over 40 concerts that will take place in 14 different venues with the participation of over 400 local and international artists.

jazz13The programme for the 20th Istanbul Jazz Festival is unveiled at a press meeting held at Salon IKSV. Following the opening speech of IKSV General Director Görgün Taner, Executive Vice President of Garanti Bank Nafiz Karadere said: “Sustained with faith, passion and patience, Istanbul Jazz Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary. As Garanti Bank we are very happy to collaborate with IKSV for the past 16 years. We will wholeheartedly continue to support the festival, which plays a major role in advancing and spreading of jazz culture throughout Turkey, with our brand ‘Garanti Jazz Green.”

Later on, Istanbul Jazz Festival Director Pelin Opcin gave information on the concerts and 20th year special projects in the festival lineup. The press meeting was followed by a reception at X Restaurant & Bar with the participation of prominent names from the jazz scene.

Following the reception, the guests enjoyed a concert by Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo Duo as part of the festival’s 20th year. Hailed as one of the most important saxophonist in jazz music Branford Marsalis gave his first concert in Istanbul at Salon IKSV with pianist Joey Calderazzo, whom he met in the early 90’s and played together for many years.

The visuals of 20th Istanbul Jazz Festival poster are composed by Orhan Pamuk. The author’s handwriting and the Seagull motif featured in his drawings and patterns are used in the festival poster designed by Bülent Erkmen. A special video message by Erkmen regarding the design of the festival poster is shown at the press meeting. About the choice he made Bülent Erkmen said: “Orhan Pamuk was interested in drawing before writing and he never lost his connection to it as a writer. In his notebooks where he writes down his novels there are patterns that seep through pages and there are writings that seep into his drawings. He regularly features seagulls and crows in his drawings and patterns. I chose the Seagull as a symbol of Istanbul and my personal connection to jazz. The Seagull detail in the image I chose comes from a bigger drawing. In that way, as the Seagull flies fast on the white blank of the page, he carries Istanbul with him as it flaps its wings and shrieks while Orhan Pamuk’s fluttering handwriting accompanies him.”

Istanbul Jazz Festival, which provides audiences with new discovery opportunities through its eclectic programme and various venues it uses, will continue to let music lovers experience firsts by organising concerts in unusual venues.

In addition to the usual hosts of the festival such as Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Stage, Haliç Congress Center, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul Archeological Museum, Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum and Salon IKSV; the new venues that will be featured in this year’s festival are Embassy of Germany Tarabya Summer Residence, Consulate General of Austria - Austrian Cultural Office Garden, Feriye Restaurant, Istanbul Technical University Maçka Campus Mustafa Kemal Lecture Hall, KüçükÇiftlik Park, Rahmi M. Koç Museum and Imperial Garden of Yıldız Palace.

Istanbul will be the global host city of the second “International Jazz Day” on 30 April, which was inaugurated last year as a collaborative initiative between UNESCO and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The celebrations for the “International Jazz Day” will take place on Tuesday 30 April, and will be jointly organised with the collaboration of The Republic of Turkey and the host city partnership of Istanbul Jazz Festival. Istanbul Jazz Festival’s sponsor Garanti Bank will also be one of the sponsors of this event.

In addition to the gala concert that will be held at the Hagia Eirene Museum on the evening of Tuesday 30 April, “International Jazz Day” celebrations will also feature conferences, roundtable discussions, master classes, jazz vocal workshops, film screenings and several other concerts in various venues throughout the city. The concerts will be broadcast live via UNESCO, US Department of State and International Jazz Day official websites. These unforgettable concerts will be recorded to be broadcasted later on public television channels around the world.

20th Istanbul Jazz Festival is also supported by Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Beyoğlu Municipality.

The leading sponsor of all festivals of İKSV is Eczacıbaşı Holding, the Official Airlines is Turkish Airlines, the Official Communications Sponsor is Vodafone, the Official Carrier is DHL Express, and the Service Sponsor is GFK.

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