Akbank Art Center’s 5-concert Piano Days opens this week

The Akbank Art Center in Istanbuland’s Taksim area unrolls its now-traditional series Piano Days this week, offering five concerts by established and up-and-coming musicians from Turkey and abroad throughout November.
The series, running from Nov. 5 through 28, will also offer a workshop and a master class to be conducted by Turkish pianist-composer Aydin Esen, the center said in a press release this week.
The series will open on Thursday evening with a performance by Quartet Diminished, an Iranian ensemble whose style combines a wide variety of musical trends, from 1970s art-rock to ethnic music and and 20th-century avant-garde and contemporary jazz.
Esen will perform on Nov. 18, a day before he teaches a workshop at 2 p.m. and a master class at 3 p.m. On Nov. 24, the center will host Ketil Bjandoslashrnstad, a prolific Norwegian jazz pianist whose music has been featured in films by Ken Loach and Jean-Luc Godard. Italian jazz pianist-composer Danilo Rea will perform on Nov. 26. The series will wrap up with a young performer from Turkey, Utku Asan, on Nov. 28.
All concerts begin at 8 p.m. For further information, see http:www.akbanksanat.com.

SOURCE: TODAY”S ZAMAN

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