Istanbul, 2010 European Culture of Capital, will host world famous Muslim Jazz musicians during Ramadan with a festival titled “Jazz in Ramadan”.

The festival will be a first for Turkey that will bring jazz music and Muslim musicians together at the holy month of Ramadan.

“Jazz in Ramadan” will take place in Istanbul between 14-31 August in two beautiful historic Sultanahmet venues. The venues; the courtyard of the Archeological Museum and the glamorous gardens of Topkapi Palace will host eight concerts.

The festival, organized by Hakan Erdogan Production, aims to propose the idea that social peace comes first and foremost from the sharing artistic inspiration. The festival includes jazz musicians such as Ahmad Jamal, Anouar Brahem, Abdullah Ibrahim and Dhafer Youssef.

On the other hand, the popular jazz musicians from Turkey such as Ilhan Ersahin and Aydin Esen will also participate in the event.

Aydin Esen will perform his special program on Ramadan, named as “Aydin Esen Plays for Ramadan”.

Besides jazz singers, the classical Turkish music group that is name after one of the biggest musician of Otoman-era, Dede Efendi, will also participate the “Jazz in Ramadan”.

The catering will be available in Iftar times in the concerts.

Festival program:

14 August: Anouar Brahem Quartet / Archaeological Museum

17 August: Ahmad Jamal Quartet / Topkapi Palace

18 August: Dhafer Youssef Quartet / Archaelogical Museum

20 August: Dede Efendi Ensemble–Munip Utandi / Archaeological Museum

21 August: Ilhan Ersahin & Istanbul Sessions / Archaeological Museum

24 August: Abdullah Ibrahim Trio / Topkapi Palace

26 August: Aydin Esen Group / Archaeological Museum (Aydin Esen Plays For Ramadan)

31 August: Kudsi Erguner Ensemble–Islam Blues / Topkapi Palace