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Istanbul Jazz Festival

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Kelvin, Jul 5, 2003.


  1. Kelvin

    Kelvin

    Apr 30, 2000
    Singapore.
    Looking for any forum members in Istanbul or planning on attending the Istanbul Jazz festival.

    Need advice on music shops to visit. My guess is that it'll be in the Taksim square area.

    Unfortunately, I could only get a flight out on the 11th (the night Marcus Miller is performing!). Am planning to watch Ornette Coleman though.

    Rgds,
    Kelvin
     
  2. Kelvin

    Kelvin

    Apr 30, 2000
    Singapore.
    Thanks JMX.

    I've pm'ed him already.

    Rgds,
    Kelvin
     
  3. Hi Kelvin,

    I think I can help you a little bit.

    If you're talking about music shop where you can buy CDs, tapes than I can suggest you to check Megavizyon and Ada müzik. Both are on the Istiklal Street, the street for pedastrians where only the tram is working, beginning from the Taksim Square. Megavizyon is near to Taksim square whereas Ada Müzik is nearer to the other edge of the tram road Tunel. There are also other smaller music stores on Istiklal Street that you can check.

    If you're talking about music shop where you can
    check instruments then I can suggest you to check Tunel. Take the tram from the Taksim square the last station is Tunel (it takes 20 minutes from Taksim to walk if you'd like to walk). There are Zuhal muzik (2 stores), Laylaylom (2 stores), Kivilcim muzik, Yapali etc... Well those stores are not as big as the ones in the USA but as all the stores are placed next to the other you can think them as one big store :) (with this, the sum is bigger then the Music Store in Cologne/Germany which says it's the biggest store in Europe, which was a very big disappointment for me). The luthier who is -still- building my spalted maple top bass guitar is at Tunel as well...

    I'll be watching Marcus Miller on 11th, Zakir Hussain on 12th (just to watch Steve Smith on drums, because I don't have any idea about Hussain), Fahir Atakoglu trio on 8th (because Anthony Jackson!! is the bass player). Well I can say that I dislike... no I hate Jazz music (it's a question of taste anyway) but I'd like to see live those monstrous musicians...

    Wish you'll have a nice trip.
    Don't forget to buy lokum (turkish traditional candy aka turkish delight) from Haci Muhiddin on the Istiklal Street (on the same side of the street of Megavizyon, to the Tunel direction)
     
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    MusicStore in Cologne isn't the biggest store in Europe, that would be Musik Produktiv in Ibbenbüren.

    www.musik-produktiv.de
     
  5. That what was written on their advertisement in a bass magazine.

    A taxicab driver who was also a bass player offered me to check musik-produktiv as well but I didn't have the chance to go to Ibbenbüren.

    Art of Sound (www.art-of-sound.de) store was nicer though with that beautiful Esh and nicer stuff..
     
  6. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    They claimed to be the biggest <B>online</b> retailer in Europe IIRC, but I also doubt that.
     
  7. I think I can read and understand what is written on the magazine ;) It was written the store with the biggest closed area (which I translate the biggest store as long as you don't use your closed area as a basketball ground with a few basses on the wall :D) in europe...

    Whatever I didn't like the shop nor the stuff nor their prices...
     
  8. Kelvin

    Kelvin

    Apr 30, 2000
    Singapore.
    Mr M,

    Thanks for the info, that's exactly what I'm looking for. Might attempt to purchase a Saz while I'm there.

    I'll be staying in a little hotel in Sultanahmet most of the time. I'm not sure if I'd want to walk to Taksim square in the evenings though.

    Other than that, I doubt I can get tickets for the Buena Vista social club. Ornette Coleman should be still up for grabs. Marcus Miller... well, he plays on friday *sigh*.
     
  9. To walk from Sultanahmet to Taksim? Well I wouldn't try this, it's too long. But to walk from Taksim square to Tunel along the tram, yes I'd do this (I almost take a walk at this street not less than 3 times a week). If for the safety issue (you're talking about evenings) Istanbul is still a safe place compared to the population (something like 7 million people). Just take care against pick pocket which is usual for every big city in the world I guess. As long as you don't hold a bag full of money and you're shaking it showing to everybody you won't have any problem ;)

    To buy Saz you can also check the stores on the Ataturk Bulvari which is near to Halic (Golden Horn). This is the street where Istanbul Manifaturacilar Carsisi (IMC) is found, you can ask its address and along this street there are some traditional musical instrument sellers as well as in the IMC (you can see them from the street).

    You can check and also buy tickets through www.biletix.com
     
  10. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    I didn't want to discredit you, but Musicstore is pretty "creative" in their ads.
    I know both stores pretty well, and Musik Produktiv is bigger.
     
  11. soularis

    soularis

    Jul 3, 2003
    Illinois, USA
    so how was the Marcus' concert?