29th Akbank Jazz Festival

29th Akbank Jazz Festival

Festival History

Akbank Jazz Festival, the most perennial jazz festival in Turkey, was launched in 1991 with concerts organized in Istanbul. Not only hosting the prominent jazz figures across the world but also paving the way for emerging and promising next-gen artists, the Festival has now made it into a versatile organization by adopting panels, workshops, film screening sessions, concerts and social responsibility projects.

In time, Akbank Jazz Festival has expanded its musical scope by including various electronic and world music projects, along with classical and modern jazz works. In doing so, it reached an indispensable position as an event not only vis-à-vis jazz-enthusiasts, also for enthusiasts of other genres. The Festival was held in a wide range of venues including Akbank Sanat, Aya Irini Museum, Babylon, Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, Zorlu Center PSM, where it featured numerous major jazz artists as well as artists from other genres and generations including Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Roberto Fonseca, Terje Rypdal, Miroslav Vitous, Nils Peter Molvear, Anouar Brahem Trio, Abdullah Ibrahim, Aydın Esen, Betty Carter Trio, Dave Holland, John Zorn, Cassandra Wilson, Joachim Kühn, Joe Zawinul, Anthony Braxton, McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, Egberto Gismonti Trio, Courtney Pine, Pharoah Sanders, Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, Arto Lindsay, Richard Bona, Max Roach, Nguyen Le, Dino Saluzzi, Jimmy Smith, Ayşe Tütüncü, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Trio 3, Aki Takase, Sam Rivers, Don Cherry, Richard Galliano, Biréli Lagrène, Stephan Micus, Steve Turre, Charles Lloyd New Quartet, Avishai Cohen "Seven Seas", Arild Andersen Trio, Maffy Falay Sextet, Dusko Goykovich Quartet, Paul Motian, The Ray Gelato Giants, Azam Ali & Niyaz, Robert Glasper Experiment, Vijay Iyer Trio, ZAZ, Christian McBride Trio, Jamie Cullum, Kenny Barron & Dave Holland, Leszek Możdżer, China Moses, Ambrose Akinmusire, Chet Faker, Enrico Rava and Nicholas Payton.

Presented with assorted changes each year, Akbank Jazz Festival reached various cities of Turkey other than Istanbul, with the launch of Jazz on Campus concerts held since 2006. This series of concerts was organized in various cities including Ankara, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, İzmir, Eskişehir, Trabzon, Adana, Erzurum, Kayseri, Kars and many more.

In 2010, Akbank Jazz Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary which was honored by a compilation album, an epitome of its history, and a retrospective documentary and book. In 2011, the 20th edition of Akbank Jazz Festival was awarded the category prize of "Corporate Social Responsibility – Culture and Art" as part of the Golden Compass Awards organized by Turkey Public Relations Association (TÜHİD). Having celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015, the festival compiled a rich collection of contemporary Turkish jazz scene, consisting of 2 CD's. Featuring a limited number of vinyl records released to cherish the quarter-century past, the festival also presents a short selection of the 60's and 70's Turkish jazz panorama in this album.

Akbank Jazz Festival also realized various roaring projects across digital media by gatewaying a whole new dimension for communication with followers through social media. The Festival was granted various awards within the scope of Stevie Awards and Creativity International Awards for its social media projects entitled Akbank Jazz Festival T-shirt Design Competition and Akbank Jazz Radio. Akbank Jazz Festival is a member of European Jazz Network.

29th Akbank Jazz Festival

29th Akbank Jazz Festival

17 October - 27 October 2019

29th Akbank Jazz Festival Selection

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27 NOV MON
1

20:00

Seminar An Alternative View on Art, Children and Creativity

Online Platform – Zoom

28 NOV TUE
2

11:00

Workshop Ballet Technique Workshop with Cem Ertekin

Akbank Sanat

20:00

Seminar An Alternative View on Art, Children and Creativity

Online Platform – Zoom

29 NOV WED
1

20:00

Seminar An Alternative View on Art, Children and Creativity

Online Platform – Zoom

30 NOV THU
2

11:00

Workshop Ballet Technique Workshop with Cem Ertekin

Akbank Sanat

20:00

Seminar An Alternative View on Art, Children and Creativity

Online Platform – Zoom

01 DEC FRI
-
02 DEC SAT
4

12:00

Workshop Paper Sculptures: Yayoi Kusama (Ages 7 to 12)

Akbank Sanat

13:30

Workshop Patterns and Repetitions Workshop (Ages 7 to 12)

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Workshop Creative Expression In The Body

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Theater A Place of Fire (Play Reading) New Text Theater Festival

Akbank Sanat

03 DEC SUN
-
04 DEC MON
-
05 DEC TUE
1

11:00

Workshop Ballet Technique Workshop with Cem Ertekin

Akbank Sanat

06 DEC WED
-
07 DEC THU
1

11:00

Workshop Ballet Technique Workshop with Cem Ertekin

Akbank Sanat

08 DEC FRI
-
09 DEC SAT
3

12:00

Workshop Upcycling Workshop: Cloth Bag Painting (Ages 6 to 10)

Akbank Sanat

13:30

Workshop Manga Workshop: 'Pokemon' Character World (Ages 9 to 13)

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Workshop Interview with Elif Temuçin and Erkan Uyanıksoy On Theater BeReZe

Akbank Sanat

10 DEC SUN
-
11 DEC MON
-
12 DEC TUE
-
13 DEC WED
2

18:30

Seminar Hysteria

Akbank Sanat

20:00

Dance Breath

Akbank Sanat

14 DEC THU
2

11:00

Dance Andrea Hackl Dance Workshop(14 December)

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Seminar The Pathology of Community

Akbank Sanat

15 DEC FRI
2

11:00

Dance Andrea Hackl Dance Workshop(15 December)

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Concert İmer Demirer Trio

Akbank Sanat

16 DEC SAT
5

12:00

Workshop The Istanbul I See (Ages 7 to 12)

Akbank Sanat

14:00

Workshop My Neighborhood Istanbul (Ages 8 to 13)

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Workshop Objects, Needs and Tricks (Workshop for Adults)

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Workshop Basic Approaches In Acting

Akbank Sanat

20:00

Dance “Dreamer” Performance

Akbank Sanat

17 DEC SUN
-

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