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Istanbul Jazz Festival is organised every year in July since 1994 by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV). İKSV chose to build this festival around jazz music because it believes jazz is one of the most innovative musical genres – open to new ideas, inclusive and accessible. Accordingly, İKSV organises a broad-spectrum event that not only brings together music lovers and musicians, but also supports the work of jazz musicians in Turkey and encourages new productions.

Istanbul Jazz Festival features classical and modern jazz, Latin and Nordic jazz, works combining electronic music and jazz, and other music categories, such as rock, pop, reggae, funk and world music. Thanks to this diversity, Istanbul Jazz Festival provides audiences new opportunities for discovery. At the same time, with its daring approach to venue selection, the festival reaches beyond traditional concert halls to Istanbul’s historical sites, streets and avenues, trams and ferries, so as to reach an audience of utmost diversity.

Featuring pioneering musical collaborations in its programme, Istanbul Jazz Festival creates opportunities for musicians from Turkey to engage in special projects with artists from around the world. Bringing together Marcus Miller, Okay Temiz, Burhan Öçal, İmer Demirer, Hüsnü Şenlendirici and Bilal Karaman, the concert entitled “The Istanbul Project” produced by İKSV at its 40th anniversary stands out as an example to the festival’s dedication to mediating collaborations. Through such special series as the “European Jazz Club” and “Encounters with Masters”, the festival brings together well-known musicians from Turkey and around the world. The festival also gives amateur jazz musicians a new platform and the chance to perform at an international jazz festival with its “Young Jazz” concert series, launched in 2003, and organises the showcase event “Vitrin - Showcase for Contemporary Music from Turkey” since 2017, with the aim of promoting Turkey’s vibrant music scene and its key players to international music professionals.

Vitrin: Showcase for Contemporary Music from Turkey, which builds on the objective of promoting the cultural values of our country and enhancing the intercultural dialogue, was developed as a project that focuses on jazz and contemporary music. The rapid development of music production in Turkey and the multitude of recently emerging musicians lead to new projects not only in Turkey but also in the international arena, receiving great interest and demand. This productive environment in the local music industry has motivated the Istanbul Jazz Festival, to offer an effective international platform for emerging artists.


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June-July 2020


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