TODAY’S – Music from Turkey to echo in Amsterdam in June

Music from Turkey to echo in Amsterdam in JuneMusic from Turkey will resonate across the Dutch capital this summer thanks to the Holland Festival, the biggest international performing arts festival in the Netherlands, held since 1947, which will offer an extensive program of Turkish music in its 2015 edition.Set to run from May 30 through June 23, the 2015 festival will open with a concert titled andldquoSongs across the Bosporus,andrdquo led by folk ensemble KardeI Turkuler and featuring singer Candan Eretin as special guest, the organizers announced in a recent press release.

In this yearand#39s program, andldquospecial attention will go to Istanbul, the city straddling the Bosporus and epitomizing the versatility and diversity of [Turkey] as a whole,andrdquo the festivaland#39s programmers said.The Turkish community in the Netherlands is also represented, with Karsu Dnmez, the international jazz star who started singing in her fatherand#39s restaurant in Amsterdam, sharing the same stage with KardeI Turkuler and Eretin on the opening night.

The May 30 opening concert at the Royal Theatre Carrandeacute will be followed a week later by a multidisciplinary performance titled andldquoFrom Byzantion to Istanbul,andrdquo whose highlight will be performances by Istanbul-based singers Dilek Turkan and Vassiliki Papageorgiou.There are seven live performances featuring acts from Turkey in the extensive program, including alternative rock band Mor ve tesi, DJ and reed flute player Mercan Dede and experimental electronic musician Erdem HelvacIoIlu.

HelvacIoIlu will be joined by harpist Iirin PancaroIlu and singer Bora Uymaz in a concert titled andldquoResonating Universesandrdquo on June 10 at cozy concert hall Bimhuis, while Dede will be accompanied by the Al-Kindi ensemble from Istanbul and Iranian trio Niyaz, best known for its blend of Sufi rhythms with electronic elements and vocalist Azam Ali, in a concert titled andldquoA Night under Eastern Skiesandrdquo on June 12 at the Paradiso, Amsterdamand#39s famous live concert venue that mostly hosts rock performances.Paradiso will return to its default settings when Mor ve tesi will be joined onstage by female rocker Iebnem Ferah on June 13 as the last performers from Turkey on the lineup.

The Holland Festival is not only limited to music performances but features a wide ranging program that also includes theater, opera, dance and fine arts. For the full program, see www.

hollandfestival.nlenrogram2015.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman