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Barbaros Erkose

Barbaros Erkose

“The cultural inheritance of gypsy music is both vast and complex.  When you speak about “gypsy music” you are drawing from a diaspora of countries and ethnicities where centuries-old history goes hand in hand with new innovations.  The challenge for us, every year, is to keep up with the tradition’s constant reinvention while not forgetting its roots: to give equal consideration to venerated legends and fiery upstarts, the urbane to the rustic, to Gypsy jazz and Gypsy punk alike.

In this, our fifth year programming the NY Gypsy Festival, we are extremely proud to say that we have achieved such balance. From the roots of the Romani people in India to the Hungarian pop charts; from an American indie rock super-group to an internationally acclaimed Turkish clarinet virtuoso; from refined and contemporary post-bop jazz to riotous everything-but-the-kitchen-sink celebrations; every show in the NY Gypsy Festival’s 5th year anniversary is must-hear music.  We offer you the culture of a people and hope that you welcome them, as we do, with open arms.”

– Serdar Ilhan and Mehmet Dede
NY Gypsy Festival Producers

The NY Gypsy Festival celebrates its fifth annual performance schedule with one of the most outstanding and diverse lineups of its storied history. The Festival kicks off on September 11 with what promises to be a raucous non-stop dance party from two of the City’s most impressive and exciting Roma-influenced ensembles: ZLATNE USTE BRASS BAND and LUMINESCENT ORCHESTRII. Next day, meet us at South Street Seaport on September 12 for a sailing cruise around Manhattan that offers a full-length performance from all-star visionaries THE SWAY MACHINERY, featuring members of Balkan Beat Box, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire and Antibalas and a global gypsy party with beats from DJ PEPE. Unconventional, international fusion is the order of the night on September 18, as New York’s own HAZMAT MODINE share the stage with the white-hot Hungarian folk-punk-pop band LITTLE COW.  On September 25, legendary Turkish clarinetist BARBAROS ERKOSE plays a rare stateside set with the NY GYPSY ALL STARS, with very special guest performers FRANK LONDON on trumpet and ILHAN ERÅžAHIN on saxophone. The Festival comes full circle with the final show on September 26, featuring the New York debut of RHYTHM OF RAJASTHAN, traditional folk music from India, the birthplace of the gypsies.

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IstanbuliveSaturday, June 27 – Free Admission

2:00pm to 7:00pm in Central Park, New York, NY

A Celebration of Turkish Music and Culture featuring

  • MAZHAR FUAT ÖZKAN (MFÖ) – Legendary Turkish Folk Rock
  • PAINTED ON WATER featuring SERTAB ERENER + DEMIR DEMIRKAN – Emerging International Pop Stars
  • HÜSNÜ ŞENLENDIRICI + VASSILIS SALEAS with NY GYPSY ALL-STARS – Intricate Mediterranean Gypsy Music
  • Emre Yilmaz and BROOKLYN FUNK ESSENTIALS  – Raucous World Beat Funk Jams

Part of The 2009 SummerStage Music Festival
Presented in Association with The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Serdar Ilhan

Istanbulive: The Sounds & Colors of Turkey at SummerStage will bring together for the first time one of the largest-ever assemblies of musicians from Turkey on an American stage — five unprecedented hours of the most diverse and important music the nation has to offer. Concertgoers will also have the opportunity to sample vibrant Turkish culture and authentic Turkish food, as well as learn more about information on Turkey as a tourist destination.

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