Grammy nominated composer Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol brings his genre-busting jazz orchestra, Whatsnext? along with giants of jazz, saxophonist David Liebman, trumpeter Tiger Okoshi and Oran Etkin, acclaimed NY based clarinetist, for a unique CD release concert featuring contemporary jazz compositions with intriguing Turkish influences.
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol formed his innovative jazz orchestra, Whatsnext?, in 2012, and immediately began turning heads and ears with their unique approach and superb playing. Their first album was released in 2014 and named in the Top 10 Critic’s Choice List of JAZZIZ. Whatsnext? performs Sanlıkol’s compositions which seek to create a sophisticated and cosmopolitan synthesis incorporating elements of Turkish, European and American musical traditions. Sanlıkol’s blend of jazz composition and Turkish music has been praised by the Boston Globe as “a true fusion of jazz and folkloric Turkish language and colors” – and it is the further development and maturation of this “true fusion” that is the basis for their current CD. Sanlıkol pairs a variety of Near and Middle Eastern instruments with Whatsnext?, while incorporating the Turkish makam (mode) and usul (rhythmic cycles) into contemporary jazz.