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Shyam Nepali and Muscari live at Club Passim

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Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Friends, we are happy to announce that Muscari will be performing on August 27th at Club Passim as part of the Small World Big Ears series along with Shyam Nepali. Special guests: Mal Barsamian on clarinet and Panos Aivas on kanoun. Shyam Nepali 7PM - 8PM, Muscari 8PM - 9PM. We hope to see you all there!

Muscari live @ The Gallery

The Gallery in Malden, 480 Main Street , Malden, MA 02148

We are really excited to announce that Muscari will be performing for the first time at The Gallery in Malden, MA on Aug. 3rd. For this performance we are going with our full band Featuring: Melissa Lund - oud, Burcu Gulec - voice, Mal Barsamian - clarinet, Panos Aivas - Kanoun and George Lernis on darbuka, riq and bendir. We hope to see you all there.

Muscari - Winchendon Music Festival

Old Centre Church, Winchendon MA

We are really excited to announce that Muscari will be performing for the Winchendon Music Festival this year. Friends, join Muscari on June 22nd and let us take you into a musical journey through the sounds and rhythms of the Mediterranean regions and the surrounding areas. Featuring: Melissa Lund - oud, Burcu Gulec - voice, Mal Barsamian- clarinet and George Lernis - darbuka, riq and bendir. We hope to see you all there.

Muscari live @ Sabur

Sabur restaurant , 212 Holland Street , Somerville, MA 02144

Friends, we are happy to announce that after a short break Muscari will be back at the Sabur restaurant in Somerville on November 18th at 9PM for another exciting show. Our group will be performing music from the Middle East and the surrounding areas. Come and enjoy an evening of great music and lots of dancing. Joining Muscari for the first time: Panos Aivas on kanoun. The band is: Burcu Gulec - voice, Melissa Lund - oud and George Lernis - darbuka and riq. General admission $15 and $12 students.

Muscari is a New England based group of three musicians and friends that have a passion for the music of the Middle East and the surrounding areas. Our repertoire includes: Turkish, Greek, Arabic, Armenian and Balkan music. Our goal is to share our love for this music with others, to promote diversity and to bring together the different communities around us with our music.

The band includes:

Burcu Gulec - Voice Melissa Lund - Oud George Lernis - Percussion

Special guest: Panos Aivas - Kanoun

Doors open at 9PM, show starts at 9:30PM $15 general admission, $12 student discount

If you are planning on attending reservations are highly recommended.

For reservations please call: 617.776.7890

Address: 212 Holland Street Somerville, MA 02144

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol trio

Somerville Community Baptist Church, 31 College Ave , Somerville MA, 02144

Grammy nominated composer and DownBeat’s September 2016 Editor’s pick Jazz pianist Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol performs his unique blend of energetic and innovative Turkish music influenced contemporary Jazz before he travels with his trio to Paris to perform at Jazzy Colors festival. Sanlıkol will be accompanied by George Lernis on drums & percussion, and James Heazlewood-Dale on bass. General Admission: $15 - tickets will be sold at the door

Whatsnext? Live at Famagusta Jazz Festival

Famagusta (Cyprus) Festival, Famagusta

Details Grammy nominated bandleader/composer and DownBeat's September 2016 Editors pick Jazz pianist Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol kicks off a Summer tour with concerts in the US, Turkey and Cyprus, at Ryles Jazz Club with a giant of jazz, trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, and his genre-busting 12-piece band Whatsnext?

Do not miss this unique and highly engaging concert featuring Sanlıkol's contemporary jazz compositions with intriguing Turkish influences!

The Boston Globe calls Sanlıkol's music "colorful, fanciful, full of rhythmic life, and full of feeling" and "not touristy, but rather sophisticated, informed, internalized", "...and he (Sanlıkol) is another who could play decisive role in musics future in the world."

Whatsnext? Live at Burca Festival Turkey

Burca (Turkey)

Grammy nominated bandleader/composer and DownBeat's September 2016 Editors pick Jazz pianist Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol kicks off a Summer tour with concerts in the US, Turkey and Cyprus, at Ryles Jazz Club with a giant of jazz, trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, and his genre-busting 12-piece band Whatsnext?

Do not miss this unique and highly engaging concert featuring Sanlıkol's contemporary jazz compositions with intriguing Turkish influences!

The Boston Globe calls Sanlıkol's music "colorful, fanciful, full of rhythmic life, and full of feeling" and "not touristy, but rather sophisticated, informed, internalized", "...and he (Sanlıkol) is another who could play decisive role in musics future in the world."

Whatsnext? Live at Istanbul Jazz festival (Turkey)

Zorlu PSM Drama Stage, Istanbul

Grammy nominated bandleader/composer and DownBeat's September 2016 Editors pick Jazz pianist Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol kicks off a Summer tour with concerts in the US, Turkey and Cyprus, at Ryles Jazz Club with a giant of jazz, trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, and his genre-busting 12-piece band Whatsnext?

Do not miss this unique and highly engaging concert featuring Sanlıkol's contemporary jazz compositions with intriguing Turkish influences!

The Boston Globe calls Sanlıkol's music "colorful, fanciful, full of rhythmic life, and full of feeling" and "not touristy, but rather sophisticated, informed, internalized", "...and he (Sanlıkol) is another who could play decisive role in musics future in the world."

Mehmet Ali Salnikol @ Whatsnext? Featuring Tiger Okoshi

Ryles Jazz CLub, 212 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Grammy nominated bandleader/composer and DownBeat's September 2016 Editors pick Jazz pianist Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol kicks off a Summer tour with concerts in the US, Turkey and Cyprus, at Ryles Jazz Club with a giant of jazz, trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, and his genre-busting 12-piece band Whatsnext?

Do not miss this unique and highly engaging concert featuring Sanlıkol's contemporary jazz compositions with intriguing Turkish influences!

The Boston Globe calls Sanlıkol's music "colorful, fanciful, full of rhythmic life, and full of feeling" and "not touristy, but rather sophisticated, informed, internalized", "...and he (Sanlıkol) is another who could play decisive role in musics future in the world."

Price: $15

SCBC fundraising concert

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Somerville Community Baptist church, 31 College Ave , Somerville, MA 02144

SCBC is celebrating March as Missions Month this year. The SCBC Missions Board will be presenting a fundraising concert and dinner, Saturday March 25th at 5pm. Individual $15. Family $20.

Under the theme of “In Our Spiritual Journey,” the concert will feature a musical dialogue between Mina Cho and her group on the history of SCBC as a faith community. Particularly, the program will reflect the themes of "love, struggle, and unity" by juxtaposing the music of the renowned Greek clarinetist from Epirus, Petroloukas Halkias, whose musical path is informed by his sincere dedication to the tradition of Greek music, and Mina Cho's responding compositions.

Musicians Piano: Mina Cho Drums: George Lernis Bass: Neil Patton Laouto: Vasilis Kostas

I hope to see you all there and have an amazing time together!

A Caravan of Song

Eliot Church - Newton Corner

An evocative musical journey! Exotically beautiful music by American composer Abbie Betinis based on the timeless poetry by the 14th c. Sufi mystic Hâfez Zesty music of medieval life and longing by the French Troubadours.

With Special guests DUO MARESIENNE: Carol Lewis, vielle and Olav Chris Henriksen, lute, oud and Na’ama Lion, medieval flute • George Lernis, percussion

Dunya Ensemble

Folk Arts Center of the New Egland , 51 Walden Street, Concord MA, 01742

32nd year, Balkan Music Night is a vibrant celebration of the rich musical traditions of the Balkans, and an immersive experience in music, dance, culture, and community. Since 1986, several hundred Balkan enthusiasts of all backgrounds have gathered annually in the Boston area to revel in the exciting rhythms and soulful melodies of Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Albania, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Romania, and more.

A Caravan of Song

Lindsey Chapel - Emmanuel Church Boston

An evocative musical journey! Exotically beautiful music by American composer Abbie Betinis based on the timeless poetry by the 14th c. Sufi mystic Hâfez Zesty music of medieval life and longing by the French Troubadours.

With Special guests DUO MARESIENNE: Carol Lewis, vielle and Olav Chris Henriksen, lute, oud and Na’ama Lion, medieval flute • George Lernis, percussion

Mina Cho Jazz Quintet CD Release Party

Ryles Jazz Club, 212 Hampshire Street , Cambridge, MA 02139

Mina Cho’s Love Transformation CD Release Party: “Love Transformation”

February 15, 2017, 9pm, Cover $10 Ryles Jazz Club: 212 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Piano: Mina Cho, Drums/Percussions: George Lernis, Bass: Sejun Kwon, Laouto: Vasilis Kostas, Violin: Elinor Speirs

Mina Cho is a Boston based pianist and composer who has extensively performed jazz, classical, and gospel music in the United States and overseas, exploring transformation of various cultural materials in composition and improvisation.

In her recent album, Love Transformation (2016), Cho presents 12 of her original compositions, creating a new cosmopolitan jazz identity by collaborating with her longtime bandmates from a variety of cultures: George Lernis (drummer/percussionist from Cyprus), Vasilis Kostas (laouto player from Greece), Elinor Speirs (violinist from South Africa), Shihai Li (alto saxophonist from China), Do Young Kim (bassist from Korea), Marza Wilks (cellist from New York), and Sami Stevens (vocalist from Maine). Cho’s Korean jazz spirit is expressed through her spatial and relaxed improvisation, which is elegantly intermingled with the sound of Greek traditional music and contemporary jazz idiom. Especially in “When the Wind Blows” one can hear an intriguing collective improvisation between laouto and piano, during which Kostas’s transformation of Greek makams and Cho’s chromatic horizontal lines create a dynamic musical dialogue. The sounds of traditional Greek, classical, and post-bop jazz music are seamlessly embedded in Cho’s extended compositions, such as “La Danza Concettuale” and “Epilogue: Simply Love You.”

As the title of this album implies, Cho’s cultural exploration in each track is connected by the theme of “love.” In Love Transformation, various manifestations of “love” in life are transformed into a unique musical form, and the waves of sound magically lead us to discover our own stories.

Cho’s cultural exploration is also found in her debut album Originality (2010), which features the styles of South American, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian music and was favorably reviewed by several newspapers and magazines. She was voted the Best New Talent of the Year 2010 by Jazz Station, and her album was selected among the Best Albums of the Year by Jazz Station and DownBeat. In addition to her celebrated work as a recording artist, she appears regularly as a church musician and jazz pianist/composer in the greater Boston area. Cho is currently pursuing her doctorate in jazz composition and musicology at New England Conservatory where she also received a master of music degree (Pi Kappa Lambda nominee) in 2013. She received a Bachelor of Music (Summa Cum Laude) from Berklee College of Music in 2009.

At her CD release party Cho and her band members will present her original compositions from Love Transformation and her recompositions and arrangements of Greek traditional songs and her old time favorite popular songs, all of which have carefully been selected to feature the theme of the concert “Imagination & Love Transformation.” Please come and enjoy an exuberant night filled with imagination, creativity, and love! To find out more about Cho’s music, please visit her website: www.minachojazz.com.

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol Trio

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Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol Trio Will be performing original compositions by Sanlıkol in which Turkish makam (mode) and usul (rhythmic cycles) are not simply placed next to modern jazz but are intertwined with it. Featuring: Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol - piano & voice, Yaman Akdogan - bass and George Lernis - drums. Cover charge $10