The First Green Festival Of Turkey The 17th International Gümüşlük Music Festival Begins

The International Gümüşlük Music Festival collaborates with the Embassy of The Kingdom of the Netherlands and Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul to realise the first green festival of Turkey between 17 August- 17 September 2020. For the first time this year, the power needs of the festival will be supplied by green energy generated by solar panels, which have been provided with the support of the Dutch solar energy company Volta Energy. With only a few examples in the world, the festival team is excited to be taking this step forward, opening a brand-new era for the festival, and for Turkey.

Named after the fishing village of Gümüşlük in Bodrum and sponsored this year by Bosfor Tourism, The International Gümüşlük Music Festival, under the artistic advisory of Gülsin Onay and artistic direction of Eren Levendoğlu was first organised in 2004. Taking all the necessary health measures specified in the controlled normalization process, the festival will once again open its doors to art lovers in Bodrum with the concert of Dutch musician Rosanne Philippens & Michail Lifits that will take place on Monday, August 17.

The festival, which has hosted world-renowned classical music and jazz artists for 17 years in unique venues of Bodrum, also offers educational opportunities for young musicians within the scope of the Gümüşlük Festival Academy. For the first time this year, the festival program has been broadened to include a film selection focusing on several themes including music, environment and children, curated by Azize Tan, the project director of Başka Sinema (Another Cinema).

The festival programme includes an exhibition series entitled “Gümüşlük, Woman, and Musicians.”, which includes the works of Civan Canova, Yiğit Uygur and a collective exhibition of 42 photographers organised by the Herodotus Academy. . Parallel events will take place throughout the festival to discuss environmental and socio-economic issues.

The International Gümüşlük Music Festival, well-known for its sensitive and reactive approach towards environmental issues, has managed to create a sense of awareness from the negative circumstances affecting both Turkey and the rest of the world due to COVID-19 pandemic and while most of the events are being postponed, decided to meet with the art enthusiasts this year with an emphasis on sustainability. On this, Eren Levendoğlu, artistic director commented, “Since its inception, the festival has tried to be a platform addressing and raising awareness on environmental issues.

Despite the world-wide fallout of COVID-19 pandemic, with the support of the Embassy of The Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul, we are in the privileged position this year of organising a festival where all the power needs will be covered with green energy. Moving forward, our goal will be to expand on the festival’s own commitment to becoming a more eco-friendly festival and also expand the eco-friendly festival network in Turkey. In addition, in a time like this when budgets allocated to arts and culture have been cut to the minimum, our main sponsor Bosfor Tourism has clearly shown their commitment to support for young talented artists and arts and culture in general through their generous support to the festival this year. This, , despite them being active in one of the sectors most affected by the pandemic.”

Opening Concert: Rosanne Philippens & Michail Lifits
The festival concert program, which will take place with the participation of world-class classical and jazz musicians, will commence with the performance of internationally recognized Dutch violinist Rosanne Philippens and Uzbek descendant German pianist Michail Lifits on Monday evening, August 17, Monday at the Antique Stone Quarry.

The festival lineup also includes the French music professor and pianist Jean-Marc Luisada, Azerbaijani cellist Jamal Aliyev, the young Turkish pianist Can Çakmur, violinist Deniz Şensoy, and one of Holland’s leading jazz quartets, Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet. The concert programme also includes a series of concert screenings. Israilian singer and saxophone player Daniel Zamir’s performance and Abate Berihun & Addis Ken Project’s performance will be screened on the Green Screen On The Water.

The International Gümüşlük Music festival will end with the performance of Turkey’s leading pianist Gülsin Onay, violinist Erkin Onay and young Turkish cellist Çağ Erçağ on Tuesday evening, September 15, at the Ancient Stone Quarry. Performing the mighty Tchaikovsky Trio, this closing concert will be a tribute to the phenomenal young cellist Benyamin Sönmez, who passed away in 2011. Benyamin Sönmez had performed the Tchaikovsky Trio with Gülsin Onay and Erkin Onay in the festival ten years ago and with this performance at the final concert the festival commemorates the life and music of Benyamin Sonmez once again.

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“Green Screen On The Rocks” Open-Air Film Screenings – On The Rocks and Water
The Solar Film “Green screen” film project, which was co-created with Ipek van Dijk, Senior Policy Officer for Culture, Public Diplomacy and Press at Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul and the festival is a new addition to the festivals programme this year. All energy needed for the screenings will be supplied by green energy and the film selection includes films focusing on the topics around music and children, as well as films

from directors living in Bodrum and short documentaries that address the socio-cultural characteristics of Bodrum.

Curated by Azize Tan, the project director of Başka Sinema (Another Cinema), the first film of the film screenings, starts with And Then We Danced produced in 2019 and directed by Levan Akın.The film centres around the story of Merab, a devoted georgian dancer. The screening will take place at Ancient Stone Quarry on Wednesday evening, August 19.

Free screenings for children will be available throughout the festival.

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Gümüşlük Festival Academy (GFA)
Organised by the Bodrum Classical Musical Foundation, under the artistic advisory of Gülsin Onay and artistic direction of Eren Levendoğlu the Gümüşlük Festival Academy continues to engage with young artists despite the physical difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past 15 years, masterclasses organised by GFA welcomed more than 1600 students in its unique environment in many different branches including piano, violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, harp, conductorship, singing, composition and guitar. This year 11 students will participate in the masterclasses in the field of piano and a special concert will take place at Antique Stone Quarry on the last day of the masterclass. (Each year, ticket revenues are allocated to GFA Scholarship Fund)

As in previous years, the Academy continues to support young musicians by creating funds for music students studying abroad. This year masterclasses will be streamed online to reach broader audiences.

Concert Programme
17 August 2020
Rosanne Philippens & Michail Lifits
25 August 2020
Jean-Marc Luisada
25 August 2020
Piano on Sand
31 August 2020
Can Çakmur – Deniz Şensoy – Jamal Aliyev Trio

6 September 2020
Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet
8 September 2020
Daniel Zamir (Special Screening)
12 September 2020
Abate Berihun & ADDIS KEN Project (Special Screening)
15 September 2020
Çağ Erçağ – Erkin Onay – Gülsin Onay

Film Programme
19 August 2020
And Then We Danced
20 August 2020
21 August 2020
Florence Foster Jenkins
22 August 2020
Late Quartet
23 August 2020
24 August 2020
Kutiman-Wachaga & Presenting Princess
27 August 2020
Cinema Paradiso
28 August 2020
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
29 August 2020
Jazz in Turkey
1 September 2020
Searching for Sugarman
2 September 2020
3 September 2020
4 September 2020
Tales of the Green City
5 September 2020
7 September 2020
Buena Vista Social Club

9 September 2020
Present Tense
10 September 2020
11 September 2020
Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis: Don’t be so modest – You aren’t that great !

14 September 2020
16 September 2020
Run Lola Run
17 September 2020
Meeting Jim

Jean-Marc Luisada
(25 August 2020)
Jean-Marc Luisada began playing the piano at the age of 6, and at 16 he began studies at the Conservatoire de Paris under Dominique Merlet and Marcel Ciampi (piano) and Geneviève Joy-Dutilleux (chamber music). He has also studied with Nikita Magaloff and Paul Badura-Skoda. At 29 he had performed in Europe, the United States, and Asia and was known as a performer of “outstanding brilliance”.

Can Çakmur – Deniz Şensoy – Jamal Aliyev Trio
(31 August 2020)
Turkish pianist Can Çakmur, is the first prize winner of the 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2018 and the Scottish International Piano Competition in 2017. Çakmur began his music education with Leyla Bekensir and Ayşe Kaptan. In 2012, he was accepted to La Schola Cantorum in Paris to work with Marcella Crudeli. He received Diplome de Virtuosite with highest honours in 2014. Since 2012, he has had the chance to work with musicians such as Alan Weiss, Arie Vardi, Claudio Martinez- Mehner, Leslie Howard and Robert Levin among others.

Deniz Şensoy, born in 2000, began her studies of violin at Cukurova University State Conservatory in 2006. Deniz graduated from Bilkent University Music and Performing Arts High School as a student of Rasim Bagirov in 2018. Since 2018, Deniz Şensoy has been studying in the class of Prof. Krzysztof Wegrzyn at the University of Music, Drama and Media in Hannover, Germany. Deniz is one of the ‘Future’s Women Stars’ Scholarship holders of 2019, given by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.

Born in 1993, in 2017 Jamal Aliyev made his solo debut at the BBC Proms with the BBC Concert Orchestra, won the Arts Club – Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award and was selected for representation by YCAT UK. His debut CD with pianist Anna Fedorova; “Russian Masters” was released by Champs Hill records to critical acclaim. He premiered a new work for cello and orchestra by Sir Karl Jenkins

written specially for Jamal at various festivals across the UK. Future recordings include Classic FM, Warner Classics and a CD with Fazil Say in Austria which will include his sonata “Four Cities” for cello and piano.

Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet
(6 September 2020)
Yuri Honing is one of Holland’s most important saxophone players with touring experience in over 90 countries and a discography of almost 40 titles. He played and recorded with greats such as Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ibrahim Malooff, Craig Taborn and Paul Bley. In 2001 Honing received the Edison Jazz Award for his recording Seven, featuring Paul Bley, Gary Peacock and Paul Motion. For a couple of years Honing led his acoustic quartet with ECM recording artist Wolfert Brederode, Icelandic bassist Gulli Gudmundsson and Dutch drummer Joost Lijbaart. The group toured and performed at major festivals in Europe, Asia and South America.

Daniel Zamir
(8 September 2020)
Daniel Zamir, known for playing soprano saxophone, began playing the saxophone at the age of eleven. After his high school education, he started to show interest in Jewish, Hasidic and Eastern

European music as well as West Indian rhythmic approaches in New York. Taking part in many festivals, Zamir takes the stage as a soloist in rhythm sections consisting of bass and drums in all three albums.

Abate Berihun & ADDIS KEN Project
(12 September 2020)
Founded by the famous Ethiopian Israeli singer, saxophonist and composer Abate Berihun, Abate Berihun & Addis Ken Project, together with pianist Roy Mor, bassist David Michaeli and drummer Nitzan Birnbaum, combines Ethiopian-Jewish soul music and jazz using rich harmonies and blues that touch the depths of our hearts.

Çağ Erçağ – Erkin Onay – Gülsin Onay Trio
(15 September 2020)
Çağ Erçağ entered Ankara State Conservatory of Hacettepe University in 1985 and studied percussion and cello with Jozsef Györfy. During his education, he gave many recitals and participated in many chamber orchestras. Erçağ has given many concerts in several countries such as France, Egypt, Lebanon, Holland (Concertgebouw, Rotterdam Hall) and Belgium. He is currently a first cellist of the Istanbul Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra as well as a soloist of Cellistanbul which was founded by four cellists in 2002.

Erkin Onay was born in İstanbul in 1976. At the age of 17 after successfully completing the
examination for special talents, he entered the MusikHochschule in Hannover. He continued his postgraduate studies in Turkey with Turkish State artist Suna Kan and in 2001 received the diploma Proficiency in Art( DMA). Erkin Onay has given many concerts in Turkey as well as appearing as soloist with orchestras such as Presidential Symphony Orchestra, İstanbul State Symphony Orchestra, İzmir, Antalya, Eskişehir, Çukurova DESSO and BASSO.

Gülsin Onay’s truly international career has spanned 80 countries across all continents, from Venezuela to Japan. Cambridge-based Turkish State Artist, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, in high

demand for her unique and sensuous Chopin, Saygun and Rachmaninoff interpretations ‒ pianist Gülsin Onay has been Artistic Advisor International Gümüşlük Music Festival since its foundation in 2004.





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The International Gümüşlük Music Festival collaborates with the Embassy of The Kingdom of the Netherlands and Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul to realise the first green festival of Turkey between 17 August- 17 September 2020.

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