Saturday, March 05, 2011

Istanbul Istanbul...Nublu jazzfest is here

Kenny Wollesen , Alex from Tokyo,Arto Tuncboyaciyan and I arrived yesterday in Istanbul to do the Nublu jazzfest. Alex went to spinn at Lucca , which is a cool lounge by the Bosphorus. Kenny opened the festival at Nublu Istanbul playing a duo set with local drummer Berke, from the band called 123, in a groovy and cinematic collaboration of percution, samples and drums. After their set we played at Babylon as Ilhan Ersahin's Istanbul Sessions. We rocked out. Arto jumped up onstage for the 2nd set and Yakuza, a great dj from Istanbul was spinning in between the sets and after the shows.... late late nite we ended up jamming at Nublu til 5 am! ohh yeeeee...the Fest is on ! Nublu and Babylon are next to each other with a connecting door in between , which makes it feel like a festival 'cause people were rotating in the 2 rooms. Also a small upstairs room above Nublu was open, where dj Mabbas , another istanbul dj was cranking it up.... We had 3 rooms cooking at the same time...

I just realized right before the show that they were broadcasting this live on their new radiostation ...check . If I would have known I would have let you guys know beforehand , anyways, check the other jazzfest dates from there .

Tonite the band Junip with Jose Gonzales will be playing at Babylon and the band 123 will do the opening set . 2 great bands! And at Nublu Istanbul, Trio Mrio with 3 great musicians , Alp Ersonmez, Sarp Maden and Volkan Oktem, will play the early set. Late nite I will do Love trio "version Istanbul" but im sure Kenny will sit in and who knows where it'll go then...

In Brazil its carnaval today but very rainy i heard , so at Nublu in NYC we're doing a Brazil nite with Darci, Ze Luis and others. Darci used to play with the heavy Rio funk band called Banda Black Rio, a legendary band, so it will be a rockin nite in NY as well. Love Trio just got invited to play a concert in Sao Paulo april 15 with reggae/Dub legend U-roy . It's a free outdoor show which is held every year in downtown Sao Paulo. 24 hours of music straight! it's a wild thing and more than 100 000 people go to this event....yeeeeee, we'll be there!

In the pics is and Alex/Kenny /ilhan and breakfast view in Istanbul.

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