Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Garanti Bank, the Istanbul Jazz Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018. The festival will once again host leading names and new discoveries from the world of jazz, as well as the stars of contemporary music between 26 June and 17 July 2018. The festival will feature more than 250 names in 27 different venues around Istanbul.

The first surprise of the 25th Istanbul Jazz Festival is the Australian singer, lyricist, composer, scriptwriter, poet and actor Nick Cave, who has inspired countless artists throughout his career of forty-five years and his band The Bad Seeds. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, whom Istanbul audience have been eagerly waiting to see live again for years, will meet fans on Tuesday, 10 July at Küçükçiftlik Park with the support of %100 Music.

Other surprises of the festival this year include one of the undisputedly magnificent voices in rock history, Robert Plant and his band The Sensational Space Shifters; the voice behind marvellous ballads of love, melancholy, and rebellion, Benjamin Clementine; Melody Gardot with her category-defying music and expressive vocals; the phenomenal Caro Emerald, who brings the golden age of jazz and swing closer to popular genres with her high energy and voice; a quartet composed of saxophone, drums, keyboards, and bass guitar from Toronto taking bold steps in modern jazz, BADBADNOTGOOD; the piano virtuoso who brings his soul to jazz, Robert Glasper and his new band R + R = Now, and Avishai Cohen with his tunes blending modern jazz with Middle Eastern, Eastern European and Afro-American influences. The festival will also see performances by the bass guitarist who will bring different voices of jazz, funk, world music, blues and rock to Istanbul stages, Derrick Hodge; jazz trumpeter Christian Scott; multi-enstrumantalist Taylor McFerrin; a composer who brings together the elements of jazz, world music and Latin tunes, Omar Sosa, accompanied by
the Cuban-born Swiss jazz artist with her impassioned vocals and violin, Yiliañ Canizares, and the man behind Kendrick Lamar’s chart-topping hits, Terrace Martin.

Following the success of the first edition in 2017, the festival will once again organise Vitrin: Showcase for Contemporary Music from Turkey that supports successful musicians and ensembles of the local scene in their global outreach, with the sponsorship of SOCAR Turkey, on 27-30 June 2018. A group of international delegates composed of leading representatives of international music industry and journalists will explore contemporary music from Turkey together with the festival audience during the first four days of the festival.

One of the hallmarks of the festival, an over-night music marathon Night Out, on its 4th edition, will give the stages on the Asian side of the Bosphorus to the most promising independent artists of the local scene in 9 different venues. The free open-air event, Jazz in the Parks will go beyond its traditional venues Fenerbahçe Khalkedon and Fenerbahçe Park, and bring jazz music also to a newer park at the outskirts of Istanbul, Beylikdüzü Yaşam Vadisi Parkı on the European side of the city. The festival programme will also feature A Childlike Day with performances and workshops penned for children.

Among the 27 venues that will host the festival this year are Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre, which has an unforgettable place in the 25 year old history of the festival and returns as a festival venue after a short break; and the garden of one of the oldeset buildings in Beyoğlu, Palazzo di Venezio, which will serve as a festival venue for the first time.

Other festival venues include Zorlu PSM Main Theatre, Zorlu PSM Drama Stage and Zorlu PSM STUDIO, The Marmara Esma Sultan Mansion, Garden of Palazzo di Venezio, Sultan Park Swissôtel The Bosphorus, Sakıp Sabancı Museum Fıstıklı Terrace, Sakıp Sabancı Museum the Seed, UNIQ Open Air Theatre, UNIQ Hall, Küçükçiftlik Park, Küçükçiftlik Bahçe, Beykoz Kundura, Fenerbahçe Khalkedon, Fenerbahçe Park, Beylikdüzü Yaşam Vadisi Park and Salon İKSV. Night Out programme will once again take place in Kadıköy’s most beloved venues: All Saints Moda Church, Ağaç Ev, Moda Kayıkhane, Baba Sahne, Club Quartier, Bant Mag. Havuz / BİNA, KargART, Moda Sahnesi and Zor.

Tickets for the 24th Istanbul Jazz Festival go on sale on Wednesday, 18 April at 10.30 and are available from Biletix sales points, and also from the box office of İKSV (every day from 10.00-18.00 except Sunday), where tickes can be purchased without a service fee. Istabul Jazz Festival tickets can also be purchased from the 37th Istanbul Film Festival kiosks in Atlas and Rexx movie theatres on 18 and 19 April. Tickets with reduced fees are available for students.

Tulip Card holders receive special discounts of up to 25% on their ticket purchases. Priority sales for Black and White Tulip Card holders take place on 13-14 April, and on 15-16 and 17 April for Red and Yellow Tulip Card holders. For details please visit: iksv.org/en/membership-and-support/tulip-card-membership-programme

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