Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol’s “A Gentleman of Istanbul” with A Far Cry – Out April 7 on Crier Records

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The Boston-based Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra A Far Cry releases Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol’s A Gentleman of Istanbul on its Crier Records label on April 7, 2023. The work, commissioned by A Far Cry in 2017, is a collaboration with composer/multi-instrumentalist Sanlıkol, who sings and performs piano, oud, and ney; and percussionist George Lernis. The symphony, which blends Turkish traditional, western classical, and jazz music, follows a 17th-century Ottoman world traveler, Evliya Çelebi, reflecting the cosmopolitan identity of this Muslim adventurer and celebrating the rich history and cultural diversity within Islam.

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