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2023.8.24 Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol Mini-Lesson

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol


August 24, 2023

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Daniel Jamieson

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Each week we upload a free Mini-Lesson to our YouTube channel featuring one of our Presenting Artists.


Grammy-nominated composer Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol discusses his piece “Times of the Turtledove”, featuring Miguel Zenón, and how the 5-beat rhythmic cycle call of the turtledove served as the foundation of the composition.

About the Presenting Artists(s)

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol is a Grammy-nominated composer, multi-instrumentalist, CMES Harvard University fellow (2013-15), and full-time faculty member at New England Conservatory. Sanlıkol has composed for, performed, and toured with international stars and ensembles such as Dave Liebman, Bob Brookmeyer, Billy Cobham, Esperanza Spalding, Antonio Sanchez, Anat Cohen, Tiger Okoshi, The Boston Camerata, The Boston Cello Quartet, A Far Cry string orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Okay Temiz, Erkan Oğur and Birol Yayla. Sanlıkol was the recipient of numerous respected awards including The Aaron Copland Fund for Music Grant twice in 2016 and 2020 as well as the New Music USA Project Grant in 2020. Sanlıkol is the president of DÜNYA, a musicians’ collective dedicated to contemporary presentations of Turkish traditions, alone and in interaction with other world traditions, through musical performance, publication, and educational activities. Currently, he is the director of New England Conservatory’s Intercultural Institute.

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