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In today’s news: Operalia 2017 finalists announced, Radio 4 to continue Saturday Review, and scientists have found the lowest note in the universe. Woman destroys ex-husband’s 800.000€ worth violin collection, conductor Paul Angerer dies aged 90, and Konzerthaus Berlin launches season 2017/18.

Opera Now

Operalia 2017 finalists announced

The singers will perform under the baton of Plácido Domingo, accompanied by the Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra, on 29 July.

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 4 to continue Saturday Review

Radio 4 controller Gwyneth Williams has reversed her decision to cancel Saturday Review, confirming that the show will continue beyond the autumn.

The Violin Channel

London’s Hattori Foundation 2017 Career-Support Bursary Winners Announced

Awarded annually to instrumentalists and ensembles ages 21 and 27 who show outstanding promise for an international career.

Classic FM

Did you know scientists have found the lowest note in the universe (and it’s a B flat)

The sound emitted by the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Perseus cluster is the lowest sound ever detected in the universe.

Pizzicato

Next: Gay musicians will be banned from stage

Yesterday, Trump, the liar, outrageously banned transgender people from military service.

France musique

Au Japon, une femme détruit 54 violons appartenant à son ex-mari

Au Japon, une femme de 34 ans a été arrêtée pour avoir détruit 54 violons et 70 archets appartenant à son ex-mari.

Der Tagesspiegel

Paul Angerer mit 90 Jahren gestorben

Der österreichische Musiker, Dirigent und Komponist Paul Angerer ist im Alter von 90 Jahren gestorben.

Klassik.com

Stuttgarter Staatsoper mit geringerem Zuschauerzuspruch in der vergangenen Spielzeit

Die Staatstheater Stuttgart, unter deren Dach Schauspiel, Oper und Ballett zusammengefasst sind, haben eine Bilanz der Spielzeit 2016/17 gezogen.

KlassikHeute

Die Saison 2017/18 im Konzerthaus Berlin

Eugene Mursky eröffnet die neue Saison der C. Bechstein Klavierabende im Konzerthaus Berlin am 22. September 2017 um 20 Uhr.

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The Strad: woman who destroyed husbands instrument collection

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(Written on July 27, 2017 )

In today’s news: Yamaha launches Silent Piano concert season, Caledonian Sleeper train hosts opera performance, and Greg Morris to perform complete Bach organ works. Russian violinist sentences to 20 hour of community service, Domingo to conduct in Bayreuth in 2018, and “Klassik am See” has been rescheduled.

International Piano

Yamaha launches Silent Piano concert season

Yamaha Music London has announced its inaugural Silent Piano concert season.

The four-concert series will see Thomasz Zyrmont, Eren Önsoy, Andrew Zolinsky and Varvara Tarasova perform on Yamaha’s Silent Pianos, with the audience experiencing the music through headphones, remotely and wirelessly.

Music Teacher

Sound and Music announce composers selected for HCMF schools project

Three composers have been selected to take part in a new education project designed by Sound and Music in partnership with Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Heritage Quay.

Early Music Today

English Concert announces 2017/18 season

The English Concert’s 2017/18 season will see the ensemble celebrate ten years with Harry Bicket as music director.

Classical Music Magazine

Caledonian Sleeper hosts opera performance

An opera has been performed on the Caledonian Sleeper for the first time as part of the Tête à Tête Opera Festival 2017. Belongings, inspired by items of luggage carried by railway passengers, received its premiere on the service from Aberdeen to London on 24 July. The opera’s music was written by Samuel Bordoli and its libretto by Bill Bankes-Jones.

Choir and Organ

Greg Morris to perform complete Bach organ works

Greg Morris, associate organist of the Temple Church in London, is to perform Bach’s complete organ works over a ten month period, beginning in October 2017.

France Musique

Un violoniste russe arrêté en pleine répétition

La BBC a diffusé un reportage sur Andrey Osipov, violoniste russe engagé contre la corruption dans son pays.

The Irish Times

Frank McNamara gives a masterclass in how to handle mistakes

The pianist shows students how to handle the pressure of improvisation

Der Tagesspiegel

Zeit, Schweiß und Gold

Am 1. August werden Bühne und Besucherraum an Technik und Künstler der Staatsoper übergeben. Besuch bei den letzten Arbeiten.

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Domingo dirigiert in Bayreuth, Netrebko sagte ab

Der Tenor, Bariton und Dirigent Placido Domingo (76) wird im  Jahr 2018 in Bayreuth Wagners ‘Walküre’ dirigieren.

Klassik Heute

Programmänderung und Verschiebung von “Klassik am See” in Erlangen

Andreas Ottensamer hat seinen Auftritt bei Klassik am See« in Erlangen nach dem plötzlichen Tod seines Vaters abgesagt.

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Classical Music Magazine: Belongings

(Written on July 26, 2017 )

In today’s news: Dan McCarroll leaves Warner Bros Records, Cincinnatti Symphony Orchestra introduce new director, Eckart Preu, and chaos at National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina. Festival “Klangwerkstatt” no to take place this year, Elisabeth Gutjahr Mozarteum’s new head, and Erwin Schrott receives badge of honour in Austria.

The Strad

Hilary Hahn calls on fans for upcoming Deutsche Grammophon album artwork

Hilary Hahn has long encouraged her legion of devotees to create fan art, sharing it on a dedicated page on her website and on social media. She has gone one step further with her upcoming album for Deutsche Grammophon, appealing to fans to create artwork for the sleeve.

Pizzicato

Total chaos at the National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina

The musicians of the Argentinian National Symphony Orchestra have not been paid their wages for months, some since last year, the Argentinian newspaper El Pais says.

Music Business Worldwide

Warner Bros President Dan McCarroll exits label after three years

MBW can reveal that Dan McCarroll, President of Warner Bros Records in California, is leaving the label.

Musical Chairs

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra to introduce new director during Summermusik festival

The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s summer concert series, Summermusik, will help the group introduce and celebrate its new director, Eckart Preu.

Limelight

2017 Helpmann Awards announced

Barrie Kosky’s Saul and Leah Purcell’s The Drover’s Wife win big at this year’s awards for live performance in Australia.

NMZ

DOV: Festival für Neue Musik braucht langfristige Förderung

Das traditionsreiche und hoch angesehene Festival Klangwerkstatt Berlin kann zum ersten Mal seit 28 Jahren nicht stattfinden, weil Anträge auf Projektförderung abgelehnt wurden.

Pizzicato

Rektorat im Mozarteum wieder besetzt

Nach 15 Monaten und einer von vielen Rückschlägen begleiteten Suche nach einem Nachfolger für den nach einem Sexskandal ausgeschiedenen Siegfried Mauser, hat der Universitätsrat des Salzburger Mozarteums im Eiltempo aus dem Dreiervorschlag des Senates einstimmig die Deutsche Elisabeth Gutjahr zur Rektorin gewählt.

Klassik.com

Bariton Erwin Schrott in Österreich mit Goldenem Ehrenzeichen ausgezeichnet

Der Sänger Erwin Schrott hat gestern das Goldene Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich erhalten.

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BayreutherFestpiele @WagnerFestival

Heute eröffnen die 2017 mit Richard Wagners „Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg“!

© Michael Patrick O’Leary

 

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(Written on July 25, 2017 )

WildKat PR gladly welcomes American pianist and composer Tristan Eckerson!
We are happy to be working together with Tristan on the promotion of his upcoming tour through Western Europe, which will take place from 16th September until 30th September. Tristan’s journey to Europe this autumn draws interesting parallels with his personal and musical life. Ever since he left his childhood home in Ohio, he has lived in several cities in the U.S. as well as Europe – an exciting and restless journey full of experiences, which now feeds his endless inspiration! Tristan’s accomplishments include an extensive variety of music projects including recording with members of the Ray Charles Orchestra, and performing at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. He has a degree in Music Production and Sound Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, but his true love has always been performing on stage – first with a band and later as a soloist.
Tristan’s second solo album Disarm is a reminiscence about his time in Spain so one can expect Andalusian and flamenco-esque influences, all the while maintaining Tristan’s minimal approach. For this recording, Tristan played on a special piano that was prepared by David Klavins and commissioned by Nils Frahm. Check out ‘Ether’, the first excerpt of Disarm!
Disarm will be released by 1631 Records on 15th September – just in time for the Western European tour. The first concert will take Tristan to Vác in Hungary, which will be broadcast live from David Klavin’s new piano factory. His following tour dates are:

Sept 16th – Klavins Piano Manufaktúra – Vác, Hungary

Sept 17th – Freilich Open Arts – Vienna, Austria

Sept 18th – La Loca – Prague, Czech Republic

Sept 19th – Noch Besser Leben – Leipzig, Germany

Sept 20th – Sofar Sounds – Berlin, Germany

Sept 23rd – Feinkost Lampe – Hannover, Germany

Sept 24th – Salon de Jazz – Cologne, Germany

Sept 26th – Home of Art – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sept 27th – De Gekke Geit – The Hague, Netherlands

Sept 29th – Porto d’Artes – Porto, Portugal

Sept 30th – Fábrica Braço de Prata – Lisbon, Portugal

It is with great pleasure that we are supporting Tristan with his tour, and we look forward to accompanying him on this journey. Stay tuned for more information!

© Michael David Rose

Follow Tristan Eckerson on his webiste, on Soundcloud, facebook and twitter.

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(Written on July 24, 2017 )

In today’s news: Kian Soltani signs with Deutsche Grammophon, Olsok celebrated at Trondheim Festival, and Kate conducts The Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra.  Ernst Ottensamer has died, new opera streaming platform, and Slowenian choir is “Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017”.

Violin Channel

Meet the Pros | French Conductor Stéphane Denève – Interview

The Violin Channel recently caught up with The Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor, Stéphane Denève – at the 2017 Bravo! Vail Festival in Vail, Colorado, USA.

The Strad

Cellist Kian Soltani signs with Deutsche Grammophon

Austrian-Iranian musician, 25, won the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Leonard Bernstein Award earlier this year

Pizzicato

Trondheim Festival celebrates Olsok

From 28 July to 5 August, Trondheim is celebrating Olsok with a big multicultural festival.

Classic FM

The Duchess of Cambridge went to Hamburg and conducted the opening of Beethoven Symphony No.5

The Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra is usually conducted by Kent Nagano, but for this special rehearsal they let Kate take over the podium.

Limelight

Emma Matthews to head Classical Voice at WAAPA

The acclaimed Australian soprano hopes to continue performing but will be moving to Perth in January.

NPR

Sing Different: Steve Jobs’ Life Becomes An Opera

Mark Campbell is one of the most prolific and celebrated librettists in contemporary American opera.

Musik Heute

Klarinettist Ernst Ottensamer gestorben

Der österreichische Klarinettist Ernst Ottensamer ist tot.

Concerti

Im Opernrausch

Beim Videodienst „The Opera Platform“ kann man sich zahlreiche Operninszenierung online anschauen.

Pizzicato

Slowenischer Chor ist ‘Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017’

Der Chor ‘Carmen manet’ aus Slowenien, dirigiert von Primoz Kerstanj wurde gestern Abend beim Wettbewerb ‘Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017’ in Riga“ ausgezeichnet.

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Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall

Join & for their programme entitled Reason in Madness Wed 26 Jul 7:30PM:

Ernst Ottensamer (M.) mit seinen Söhnen Daniel (L.) und Andreas (R.)

© www.lukasbeck.de

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(Written on July 24, 2017 )

In today’s news: Eurovision Choir of the Year to be streamed online, Common and Kind announces collaborative fundraiser, and Pierre-Laurent Aimard signs with Pentatone. Damián Gorandi new Franz-Liszt-scholar, Kian Soltani receives Leonard Bernstein Award, and all places for Carl Bechstein Competition filled.

Music Teacher

RWCMD appoints interim principal

Former Birmingham Conservatoire principal Professor George Caird has been appointed as interim principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD).

Classical Music Magazine

Common and Kind announces collaborative fundraiser

Common and Kind, a collective which aims to demonstrate the power of music to bring people together, has announced a fundraising concert at the Union Chapel.

International Piano

Pierre-Laurent Aimard signs with Pentatone

Pierre-Laurent Aimard has signed with Pentatone, ending an exclusive relationship with Deutsche Grammophon that began nearly a decade ago.

Choir and Organ

Eurovision Choir of the Year to be streamed online

The inaugural Eurovision Choir of the Year competition will take place in Arena Riga on 22 July. Nine choirs from nine European countries will compete for the title, each performing a six-minute unaccompanied set.

The Strad

Cooper International Violin Competition down to final three

The violinists are: Christina Jihee Nam, 14 (US), who will play the Tchaikovsky concerto; Qing Yu Chen, 17 (US), who will play Prokofiev’s Concerto no.2, and Johan Dalene, 16 (Sweden), also performing the Tchaikovsky concerto.

Limelight

Lisa Cheney’s new concerto: a first for flautist and composer

Jonathan Henderson will premiere the Australian composer’s new work with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra.

The New York Times

Opera’s Disrupter in Residence, Heading to Bayreuth

Yuval Sharon has instigated a mobile opera involving 126 performers, 24 limousines and six composers.

NMZ

Künstlerische Sensibilität: Der argentinische Komponist Damián Gorandi ist der neue Franz-Liszt-Stipendiat 2017

Damián Gorandi heißt der neue Franz-Liszt-Stipendiat 2017 der Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar.

Pizzicato

Vierter Carl Bechstein Wettbewerb für Kinder und Jugendliche ausgebucht

Die Carl Bechstein Stiftung veranstaltet gemeinsam mit der Kulturstiftung Schloss Britz vom 17. bis 19. November 2017 den vierten Carl Bechstein Wettbewerb für Kinder und Jugendliche.

Kulturradio RBB

Kian Soltani erhält Leonard Bernstein Award

Der 24-jährige Cellist gehört laut Intendant des Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestivals, Christian Kuhnt, “zu den großen Hoffnungsträgern unter den jungen Instrumentalisten unserer Zeit”.

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MusicHistory @today_classical

in 1838 Death of Bavarian of the metronome Johann

 

© Celeste Mazzariol

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(Written on July 21, 2017 )

In today’s news, The Brighton Early Music Festival co-artistic director Clare Norburn to step down, cellist Yo-Yo Ma steps in to save floating concert hall, and Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection announce weekend of why music is the key to memory. Conductor Michael Gielen celebrates his 9oth birthday, the reconstruction of Bayreuther Festpielhaus was more expensive than thought, and new international composer’s competition.

Classical Music Magazine

BREMF co-artistic director Clare Norburn to step down

The Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) has announced that Clare Norburn will be stepping down from her position as co-artistic director after the 2017 Festival in order to concentrate on her career as a writer.

The Strad

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma steps in to save floating concert hall

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has written a letter to the New York Review of Books appealing for the concert boat designed by ‘America’s master builder’ Louis Kahn to be saved.

Pizzicato

Salaries of Louisville Orchestra musicians to increase

Before starting its 80th season, the Louisville Orchestra (Kentucky) announced a three-year contract agreement with the musicians, which is set to run through May 31, 2020.

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection announce Why Music? The Key to Memory

Radio 3 is to return to the Wellcome Collection this autumn for a free weekend of events and broadcasts exploring the relationship between music, memory and the mind.

LimeLight

Boyd Owen wins Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship

Limelight speaks to the tenor and to runner up Jessica Harper about what the competition means for their careers.

NMZ

„Für die Musik darf man ruhig das Gehirn bemühen“ – Dirigent Michael Gielen feiert seinen 90.Geburtstag

Welcher Dirigent kann schon von sich sagen, mitten in einem Premieren-Dirigat mit Hühnerbeinen beworfen worden zu sein?

Klassik.com

Sanierung des Bayreuther Festspielhauses wird voraussichtlich teurer

Die Sanierung des Bayreuther Festspielhauses wird voraussichtlich teurer als bislang angenommen.

KulturRadio RBB

Internationaler Kompositionswettbewerb “Neue Szenen” ausgeschrieben

Bis zum 15. September 2017 können sich junge Komponistinnen und Komponisten im Alter bis 35 Jahre mit ihrer Arbeitsprobe für ein musiktheatrales Werk bewerben.

Twitter

Just became a member of . So thrilled!! Check out our Week 2 festival opportunities for early music enthusiasts!

The Strad: Yo-Yo Ma

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(Written on July 20, 2017 )

In today’s news: New Holst scores discovered, Amy Wheatly joins Ministry of Sound, and girl peforms own jazz composition. Audience jury wanted, Moritz Puschke to be director of ION, and Münchner Philharmoniker to play Bruckner’s Symphonies 1,3 and 4.

The Guardian

Original Gustav Holst scores discovered in New Zealand library

Experts believe one of the works, Folk Songs from Somerset, has not been played or heard in more than a centur

The Violin Channel

Stage 2 Semi-Finalists Announced at America’s Cooper International Violin Competition

The 10 Stage 2 Semi-Finalists have been announced at the 2017 Cooper International Violin Competition – Including VC Rising Star Johan Dalene

The Strad

Violinist prevented from taking 1709 Stradivarius on rail replacement bus

Christian Svarfvar claims he was forced to place his valuable violin in the luggage compartment after the driver refused him entry into Stockholm

Cmuse

The 5-year-old girl performs her own jazz composition

Elina Martirosyan is a 5-year-old prodigy. From the age of 4, she composes new jazz standards and then performs them on different instrument

Music Business Worldwide

Amy Wheatley joins Ministry of Sound as General Manager

Wheatley was previously at Three Six Zero where she was Head of UK Marketing, working on acts including Calvin Harris, Travis Scott and Hurts.

WDRB.com

Louisville Orchestra Inc. and Musicians of the Louisville Orchestra reach 3-year agreement

The Louisville Orchestra Inc. and Musicians of the Louisville Orchestra announced Tuesday a three-year contract agreement slated to run through May 31, 2020.

Der Tagesspiegel

Publikumsjury gesucht

Beim Jugendorchestertreffen im Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt entscheiden die Hörer, wer den Komponistenpreis gewinnt

Berliner Morgenpost

Berliner Kurator übernimmt Kirchenmusik-Festival

Der Berliner Kulturmanager und Kurator Moritz Puschke übernimmt 2019 die Leitung des Nürnberger Kirchenmusik-Festivals ION.

Concerti

„Tradition ist nicht die Anbetung der Asche“

Es soll der Auftakt zum Bruckner-Zyklus schlechthin werden: Im Rahmen des Internationalen Brucknerfests spielen die Münchner Philharmoniker unter der Leitung ihres Chefdirigenten Valery Gergiev die Sinfonien 1, 3 und 4 in Linz ein.

 

© Bay of Plenty Symphonia

 

 

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(Written on July 19, 2017 )

In today’s news: La Scala ushers send under-dressed audience members to H&M, Philharmonia announces 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake, and new research finds that a third of musicians suffer from eating disorders. Lutenist launches crowd funding for his new CD, and conductor stops half way through a performance to do some karaoke. Award for Lucia Alberti, Johannes Braun becomes Coburg’s first Kapellmeister, and Konzerthaus Berlin breaks visitor record.

Opera Now

La Scala ushers send under-dressed audience members to H&M

With Italy suffering one of its hottest summers in recent years, those attending performance at La Scala have been failing to observe the house’s dress code

Classical Music Magazine

Philharmonia announces 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake

The Philharmonia Orchestra has announced its 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake, which offers the opportunity for three talented emerging composers to write an original chamber work for a Philharmonia ensemble each year.

The Strad

New research finds a third of musicians suffer from eating disorders

The survey of over 300 instrumentalists, singers, composers and conductors found that stress, depression, anxiety and perfectionism are experienced at high levels throughout the profession.

Pizzicato

Paul Kieffer launches crowd funding for his new lute CD

American Lutenist Paul Kieffer (*1990) has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise money got his third CD of lute pieces that will be recorded in August.

Classic FM

A conductor stopped half way through a performance of Cinderella to do some karaoke

Conductor Vinicius Kattah decided to take a little break during a performance of Cinderella and treat the tech ops to some superb lip-sync

Rhinegold Publishing

Philharmonia announces 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake 

The Philharmonia Orchestra has announced its 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake, which offers the opportunity for three talented emerging composers to write an original chamber work for a Philharmonia ensemble each year.

The Guardian

Daniel Barenboim calls for European unity in Proms speech 

Venerated pianist and conductor speaks out against nationalism and ‘isolationist tendencies’ at Royal Albert Hall concert.

Klassik Heute

Auszeichnung für Lucia Aliberti beim Classic Open Air in Berlin

Vom 20. bis 24. Juli 2017 verwandelt sich der Berliner Gendarmenmarkt wieder in die großartige Kulisse der Veranstaltungen des Classic Open Air-Festivals, bei dem alljährlich an fünf Abenden ein festliches Programm mit Stars der Oper, der Chor- und Orchesterszene, mit Pianisten und Jazz-Musikern stattfindet.

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Johannes Braun wird Erster Kapellmeister in Coburg

Die vakant gewordene Stelle des Ersten Kapellmeister am Landestheater Coburg wird mit Johannes Braun besetzt.

Klassik.com

Konzerthaus Berlin mit Besucherrekord in der Spielzeit 2016/17

Das Konzerthaus Berlin blickt auf eine erfolgreiche Spielzeit 2016/17 zurück. Die Bilanz der vergangenen Konzertsaison weist eigenen Angaben zufolge Rekordergebnisse aus

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Opera Now: La Scala

(Written on July 18, 2017 )

We are delighted to welcome Taner Akyol to the WildKat Family. Taner Akyol is a composer and virtuoso of the Bağlama, a Turkic stringed instrument also called Saz. WildKat is working with Taner to promote his concert on 29th September at the Berlin Philharmonie. This concert will not only present new written pieces for the Taner Akyol Trio, but will also see the great Pianist Fazil Say on stage with Taner Akyol for the very first time.

Although the tuning of his bağlama reaches across both the East and West, Taner is mainly recognised in the West for his works and collaboration in the jazz and classical worlds. His first opera Ali Baba und 40 Räuber was performed in 2012 at the Komische Oper Berlin 30 times and received tremendous reviews. He has also been commissioned and played by/at prominent festivals, such as “Istanbul in Berlin”, Randspiele, Klangwerkstatt, the XJAZZ Festival Berlin and MärzMusik.

On 29th September, the Taner Akyol Trio will present pieces from their current album, as well as new works. Pianist Fazil Say and singer Serenad Bagcan will perform Turkish “Lieder” in the second part of the concert. At the very end, Taner Akyol will join Fazil Say for a surprise set. This news is not only tremendous for Turkey, but for all lovers of quality music without boundaries!

We are excited to support Taner and all the other musicians involved in this project and look forward to getting people engaged with this event. You will hear from us as soon as tickets are available!

© Markus Braun

 

Follow Taner Akyol on his website and on facebook.

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(Written on July 18, 2017 )