Concert date and time: Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 8 pm
Concert venue: Sismanoglio Megaro, Istiklal Cad. No: 60 Beyoğlu, Istanbul
Of all the important parallels along the timelines of Bedri Rahmi Eyüboglu and Romare Bearden—tracings of their aesthetic influences and subjects—none is more important than music. In search of more and more evidence of a Blue Voyage along Anatolian routes that celebrated a rich ancient heritage, Eyüboglu found the music made by such traditional instruments as the kemençe and the saz very inspiring. So often, not only does this artist present these instruments, music-makers, and dancers to their music; he also presents structures and patterns reflecting these Anatolian sounds and movements. Likewise, Bearden, who came of age when Duke Ellington’s composition “It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it Ain’t Got That Swing)” was on the Harlem jukeboxes, frequently chose jazz music and dancers as his subjects. Moreover, like Eyüboglu, this people’s music was a model for his paintings, which, like the music, he wanted to swing.
As the “Blue Voyagers: The Art of Romare Bearden and Bedri Rahmi Eyüboglu” nears its closing date, please join us for an evening of music with Standard à la Turc on May 13 at Sismanoglio Megaro at 8 p.m. The evening will start with the welcome remarks of Robert O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and the co-curator of Blue Voyagers: The Art of Romare Bearden and Bedri Rahmi Eyüboglu exhibition and Francesco Martinelli from Siena Jazz University.
Standard à la Turc reverses the usual model and concept of standards. The musical material comes from different Turkish traditions, old and new – folk songs, art songs, pop, and rock – and it is reinterpreted and updated with a jazz approach while respecting the place and meaning of each piece. Önder Focan (guitar), Batu Sallıel (tenor and soprano, saxophone, flute), Ozan Musluoglu (double bass), Ferit Odman (drums).