Cappadocia to host Jazz Days

Jazz Days is set to return for the second year in a row. The festival begins with a concert by Swing a la Turc Quartet among the magical ‘fairy chimneys’ of Cappadocia. The event marks the opening of a series of shows in various cultural and historical venues.

Back for another year, the Cappadocia Jazz Days will bring music to the otherworldly landscape of Cappadocia from today until Dec. 4.

The 2010 event drew much attention from the local, national and international press, but this year’s edition is expected to be even more impressive. Officials from Kozmik Müzik, the event’s organizers, said they hoped to attract bigger crowds with an offering of new activities, in addition to performances and meetings with musicians.

The opening Swing a la Turc Quartet concert will bring one of the world’s most influential reed flute artists, Şenol Filiz, together with famous jazz guitarist Önder Foçan. The performance is scheduled to take place at the Nevşehir Cappadocia Culture Center tomorrow at 8:30 p.m.

The activities will be held in various historical and cultural venues in Cappadocia, including the Culture Center, Anatolian Houses, Han Çırağan, Bezirhane, Hanedan, Forum Cappadocia, La Rocca, Cappadocia Vocational High School and Nevşehir University.

The İmer Demirer Quartet and Ayşe Gencer; the Onur Ataman Trio and Yahya Dai; Alp Ersönmez – Yazısız; the Ozan Musluoğlu Quartet and Meltem Ege, as well as Ülkü Sunat, are all set to perform while also hosting question-and-answer sessions with audiences.

Jazz for youth

An important new addition to Cappadocia Jazz Days 2011 is “Jazz for Youth,” which seeks to introduce the genre to young people. The workshop aims to create a sharing and learning atmosphere where jazz musicians, as well as Dai’s computerized one-man project, Plan B, will reach out to more than 1,000 students and encourage them to become involved in the music.

The Cappadocia Jazz Days are funded by the Culture and Tourism Ministry, the Nevşehir Governors’ Office, the Nevşehir Provincial Administration, Nevşehir Municipality, the Cappadocia Tourism Region Infrastructure Service Union (KAPHIB), Forum Cappadocia and Argeus Tourism, among others. All activities at the festival will be free of charge; the municipality will also organize free transportation for selected activities.

Information is available at www.kapadokyacazgunleri.com.

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