AA Arts Preview

-Istanbulites await Syrian musician to dance

Syrian musician Omar Souleyman will perform for the second time in Istanbul. The gig will take place at the Babylon music hall on Jan. 30.

Istanbul music fans are familiar with Souleyman, who is one of the cult names of world music, as he played a gig at last year’s One Love music festival in June, exhilarating the crowd with his songs. 

The 49-year-old musician performs traditional Middle Eastern songs, both in Kurdish and in Arabic, and he is known for mingling traditional songs with techno music.

In the past, Souleyman has worked with the likes of Icelandic alternative rock singer-songwriter Bjork.


-Iranian singer to perform in Turkey

Hailed as “Iran’s Bob Dylan,” Mohsen Namjoo will perform before his Turkish fans for the first time, in Ankara and in Istanbul.

The 39-year-old singer and songwriter will participate in the sixth Avea Concert Series at Ankara’s Congresium on Jan. 28 and at Istanbul’s Congress Center on Jan. 30.

The California-based artist is known for mingling classical Iranian music and literature with jazz and rock.

Also a setar -- traditional lute -- player, Namjoo began his musical training when he was 12 years old. He later studied theater and music at Tehran University.

Known by the Turkish audience for his songs "Nobahari" and "Ey Sareban," his latest album "Trust the Tangerine Peel" was released in May 2014 by Daf-Daf Production.


-Swedish pop duo to perform in Istanbul

Indie pop band JJ will take the stage at Istanbul’s Babylon music hall on Jan. 29.

The duo, consists of Joakim Benon and Elin Kastlander, was formed in Gothenburg.

The band released their debut single “JJ no 1” in 2009 and their debut album “JJ no 2” the same year, according to Babylon’s website.

In 2011, the duo toured the United States along with British band The XX. 


-Istanbul Modern Museum hosts video art exhibition

Istanbul Modern Museum hosts a contemporary video art exhibition between Jan. 20 and March 12.

The display consists of moving images, animations and films of artists from around the world, said a press release from Istanbul Modern Museum.

Curated by Celenk Bafra, the exhibition "Artists’ Film International" brings together 17 institutions from around the world.

"Every year, partners select a new work by a prominent artist in their country and share it with the other partners. Following the curatorial work by each program partner, selected videos are displayed in thematic screenings or exhibitions," added the press release.


-American film St. Vincent to hit Turkish theaters

The American dramatic comedy "St Vincent" hits Turkish theaters on Jan. 23.

Starring American actor Bill Murray and British actress Naomi Watts, the film is written and directed by American filmmaker Theodore Melfi.

The 102-minute movie tells the story of friendship between a war veteran played by Murray and newly divorced couple’s son.


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