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From Estonia to Mali:
World Music Days

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From Estonia to Mali: World Music Days

05.12.2017

Text: Cem Kayıran
Illustration: Saydan Akşit

Akbank Sanat is saying farewell to 2017 with local music from around the world. Taking place for the third time this year, Akbank Sanat World Music Days will be bringing musicians from Estonia, Romania, Mali and Portugal to Akbank Sanat stage to meet with the Istanbul audience.

The methods to access music have been expanding and multiplying over the years, geographic borders and distances become irrelevant as we connect with various cultures from around the world. As major names like Johnny Greenwood, Damon Albarn, James Holden and many more collaborate with local musicians from different cultures, record companies and festivals also shifted their focus to include original acts with interesting stories from different corners of the world to their line-ups.

The concerts that will create a line of communication with far corners of the world via traditions, music, sounds and instruments, will take place between 6th - 27th December. World Music Days is bringing musicians that have been performing in various prestigious events together in an impressive program with looks at the local cultures from different perspectives.

The first performance of Akbank Sanat World Music Days come from Maarja Nuut, who blends traditional Estonian music with modern electronic elements. Nuut, who released her highly acclaimed first solo album named Soloo four years ago and has been touring since, will be performing on Akbank Sanat stage on 6th December. As a violinist and a vocalist, Maarja Nuut has been serving traditional tunes and themes from her own country with a layered and consistent structure at her performances in prestigious music events like WOMEX, Eurosonic Noordeslag and Mundial Montreal.

Andrei Racu Band, scheduled for a performance at Akbank Sanat stage on 13th December, is performing traditional Romanian music with a perspective that is fully loyal to the genre’s written and unwritten rules. Andrei Racu is an important name who has a wide knowledge on Romanian music and been participating in various music projects as vocalist in his country. His five-man band brings perfected Roman folk music to stage with an extra care for details. It is also important here to highlight one of the band members, Florin Mihalache, who is also a member of the folk music orchestra, Carpathian Wreath and a virtuoso of cimbalom, a common instrument of East-European and Balkan countries.

Known as the Jimi Hendrix of n’goni, Malian musician Abou Diarra, is World Music Days’ guest who comes from the most remote location. Abou Diarra, who plays n’goni - also known as the Mandingo harp - is an exciting musician with an unusual story. Mentored by the blind virtuoso Vieux Kanté, Diarra took the road on foot with his instrument and traveled through West Africa, performing at various places. Harvesting the West Africa traditions and tunes from various countries of the continent with his instrument, Abou Diarra Trio also gained high claim in Europe over the recent months.

Releasing her first album last year after 15 years of musical experience, Tânia Oleiro is a singer who serves Portuguese traditional music, Fado, with great passion. Exposed to Fado songs from an early age listening to her mother, Olerio is counted among important names in Fado music. Taking the stage at prestigious festivals and Fado houses in her country, Olerio is promising a perfect night of Fado for both the fans and the people curious about this emotional musical genre.

 

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04 DEC MON
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05 DEC TUE
3

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Hit the Road with the Tales

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

06 DEC WED
3

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

20:00

Maarja Nuut (Estonya)

Akbank Sanat

07 DEC THU
2

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

08 DEC FRI
3

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

18:30

3 Contemporary Stage Structures: Regeneration of Cultural Heritage

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

09 DEC SAT
9

00:00

Creative Dance Courses for Children

Akbank Sanat

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

11:00

Colorful Cups (For 6-14 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

11:30

Akbank Children's Theatre / Gorilla

Akbank Sanat

13:00

I Am Designing My Own Bag (Ages 6 - 14 Years Old)

Akbank Sanat

14:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Mini Mosaics Workshop (For 7 – 14 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

17:00

Printing Workshop for Kids (For 5-8 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

10 DEC SUN
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11 DEC MON
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12 DEC TUE
2

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

13 DEC WED
3

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

20:00

Andrei Racu Band (Romanya)

Akbank Sanat

14 DEC THU
5

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

13:00

Die Weber

Akbank Sanat

16:00

A Selection of Dance Films

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Spanish Dancer

Akbank Sanat

15 DEC FRI
6

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

13:00

The Dumb Girl of Portici

Akbank Sanat

16:00

Bestia: Polish Dancer

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Sessiz Sinema, Renk, Hareket ve Meditasyon

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Phono-Cinéma-Théâtre

Akbank Sanat

16 DEC SAT
15

00:00

Creative Dance Courses for Children

Akbank Sanat

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

11:00

Die Puppe

Akbank Sanat

11:00

Colorful Cups (For 6-14 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

13:00

The Goat

Akbank Sanat

13:00

Neighbours

Akbank Sanat

13:00

I Am Designing My Own Bag (Ages 6 - 14 Years Old)

Akbank Sanat

14:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Views from the Ottoman Empire

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Linoleum Printing Workshop (For 9 – 14 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

17:00

Mania

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

17:00

Family Mosaic Workshop

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Silent Dance: Dance As An Alternative To Language

Akbank Sanat

19:30

Letters from Baghdad

Akbank Sanat

17 DEC SUN
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18 DEC MON
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19 DEC TUE
3

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Cognita Mindfulness Workshop Here and Now

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

20 DEC WED
3

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

20:00

Abou Diarra Trio (Mali)

Akbank Sanat

21 DEC THU
4

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Seminar Series on Philosophy Memory and Psychology

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

20:00

The DisLokasyon

Akbank Sanat

22 DEC FRI
3

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Mimarlık Seminerleri Dizisi Antalya Kent Müzesi

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

23 DEC SAT
6

00:00

Creative Dance Courses for Children

Akbank Sanat

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

11:30

Akbank Children's Theatre / Gorilla

Akbank Sanat

15:30

The Constituent of Art: Play

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

17:00

Toy Sculpture Workshop

Akbank Sanat

24 DEC SUN
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