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Performers

Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya & Hugh Masekela
Inspired by Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, the Jazz Epistles was the first ever all-black bebop jazz group, founded in South Africa. The group members, who recorded their first –and last–...
Ala.ni
Showing great talent by singing “Over the Rainbow” when only 3, West London-born Ala.ni, later on, did backing vocals to names like Andrea Bocelli, Mary J. Blige and Blur, until 5 years ago...
Amina Figarova Sextet
Born in Baku, the pianist and composer Amina Figarova, with her sextet she co-founded with her husband, the flutist Brat Platteau, has been the guest of prestigious events such as Newport Jazz...
Bonobo
Simon Green, a.k.a. Bonobo, with his albums Animal Magic, Dial M for Monkey, Days to Come, Black Sands and the North Borders, he fused jazz with Afro rhythms or Gamelan bells of Indonesia with ...
Daniel Herskedal & Marius Neset Duo
A tuba-saxophone duo is not a common match in music, yet, it’s not exactly the case for the old followers of Akbank Jazz Festival. Because this is not the first Istanbul visit of Daniel Herskedal & Marius Neset duo...
Emir Ersoy Quartera Feat. Türkü Turan
Quartera, founded by the pianist and composer Emir Ersoy, thanks to the incentive of Grammy-awarded drummer Robby Ameen’s support, is a group that dances the unique tunes of Anatolia, Turkish oud and cümbüş...
Henri Texier & Hope Quartet
One of the most daring laborants of jazz world, the Parisian double bassist Henri Texier was introduced to his instrument at 15 in a bigband. Soon with the Swedish drummer Daniel Humair, he...
Nicola Cruz
Born in France, the Ecuadorian producer, musician and DJ, Nicola Cruz started his musical life as a percussionist, later on veering to electronic music. In his remixes, which juxtapose several cultures, landscapes...
Quincy Jones Presents Alfredo Rodríguez Trio
The classically-trained Cuban jazz pianist and composer Alfredo Rodríguez, after his albums Sounds of Space (2011) and The Invasion Parade (2014) was back last year with a third one called Tocororo. In this...
Red Baraat
Jazz, hip-hop, rock, funk, blaring winds, classical Indian music… The members of the Red Baraat, who mesmerize their audience with their mad energy in this rich and freely jaxtaposed audio-mosaic, since 2008, has...
Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio
One of the influential guitarists of his generation, Wolfgang Muthspiel, born in 1965, in Austria, was named by his Mozart-loving father. At 14, he switched from violin to guitar and started...