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History

Advisory Committee

Festival Team

ISTANBUL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Istanbul Jazz Festival is organised every year in July since 1994 by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV). İKSV chose to build this festival around jazz music because it believes jazz is one of the most innovative musical genres – open to new ideas, inclusive and accessible. Accordingly, İKSV organises a broad-spectrum event that not only brings together music lovers and musicians, but also supports the work of jazz musicians in Turkey and encourages new productions.

Istanbul Jazz Festival features classical and modern jazz, Latin and Nordic jazz, works combining electronic music and jazz, and other music categories, such as rock, pop, reggae, funk and world music. Thanks to this diversity, Istanbul Jazz Festival provides audiences new opportunities for discovery. At the same time, with its daring approach to venue selection, the festival reaches beyond traditional concert halls to Istanbul’s historical sites, streets and avenues, trams and ferries, so as to reach an audience of utmost diversity.

Featuring pioneering musical collaborations in its programme, Istanbul Jazz Festival creates opportunities for musicians from Turkey to engage in special projects with artists from around the world. Bringing together Marcus Miller, Okay Temiz, Burhan Öçal, İmer Demirer, Hüsnü Şenlendirici and Bilal Karaman, the concert entitled “The Istanbul Project” produced by İKSV at its 40th anniversary stands out as an example to the festival’s dedication to mediating collaborations. Through such special series as the “European Jazz Club” and “Encounters with Masters”, the festival brings together well-known musicians from Turkey and around the world. The festival also gives amateur jazz musicians a new platform and the chance to perform at an international jazz festival with its “Young Jazz” concert series, launched in 2003, and organises the showcase event “Vitrin - Showcase for Contemporary Music from Turkey” since 2017, with the aim of promoting Turkey’s vibrant music scene and its key players to international music professionals.

Each year, the festival attracts thousands of people to more than 30 concerts held at various historical venues of Istanbul, such as Hagia Eirene Museum, Istanbul Archaeological Museums, Esma Sultan Mansion, as well as extra-ordinary outdoor venues and courtyards of landmark buildings around the city. Considered to be a leading jazz festival in Europe, Istanbul Jazz Festival is one of the first members of the International Jazz Festivals Organisations (IJFO) that assembles the six most presitigous jazz festivals in the world such as Montreux, Umbria, Montreal, and London. Having headed IJFO in the years 1998-2002, the festival pioneered Istanbul's selection as the host city for the UNESCO International Jazz Day celebrations in 2013, uniting almost fifty international stars of jazz music in Hagia Eirene Museum at a special production. In 2002, Istanbul Jazz Festival began to present Lifetime Achievement Award every year.

Among the artists hosted by Istanbul Jazz Festival since its inception are:

LEGENDARY JAZZ MUSICIANS
AL DI MEOLA
BOBBY MCFERRIN
JAN GARBAREK
CHICK COREA
HERBIE HANCOCK
KEITH JARRETT
MARCUS MILLER
DIANA KRALL
WYNTON MARSALIS
ORNETTE COLEMAN
TONY BENNETT
NATALIE COLE
MELODY GARDOT
JAMIE CULLUM

LEADING NAMES OF ROCK AND FOLK
ERIC CLAPTON
JOAN BAEZ
LOU REED
NICK CAVE
STING
TORI AMOS
ELVIS COSTELLO
NORAH JONES
PAUL SIMON

STARS OF POPULAR MUSIC
DEAD CAN DANCE
MASSIVE ATTACK
BJÖRK
SUZANNE VEGA
BRYAN FERRY
GRACE JONES
SEAL
JAMIE CULLUM
JOSS STONE
HUGH LAURIE
JOHN LEGEND
ALICIA KEYS

International Jazz Day

Taken forward in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, International Jazz Day was adopted by UNESCO Member States on the initiative of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, in order to encourage and highlight jazz’s unique power for advancing intercultural dialogue and understanding across the world. Held every year on 30th April, International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools and groups from across the world to celebrate jazz, learn about its roots and highlight its important role as a form of communication that transcends differences. Istanbul Jazz Festival is the host city partner of 2013 International Jazz Day in Istanbul, realized with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey.

A Gala concert for the International Jazz Day was held at the Hagia Eirene Museum on Tuesday, April 30 at 21.00. Organised under the musical direction of John Beasley, this special concert featured world-renowned pianist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, along with Wayne Shorter, Diane Reeves, Marcus Miller, Al Jarreau, Joss Stone, Terri Lyne Carrington, Hugh Masekela and other worldwide acclaimed artists.


 

Advisory Committee

Elif Güvenen 
Feridun Ertaşkan 
Hakan Atala
Halit Tansu Özyurt
Hülya Tunçağ
Sevin Okyay

ISTANBUL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Director
Pelin Opcin
Assistant Director
Harun İzer
Operation Coordinators
Bahar Akbaş
Beril Azizoğlu
Vitrin Project Coordinator
Mukadder Bico
Hospitality Coordinator
Çiğdem Girgiç
Hospitality Assistant
Deniz İlbi
Site Associate
Gökçe Güzel
Site Assistants
Bülent Öztürk
Erdoğan Morgül
Said Yılmaz
Backstage Associate
Gözde Koca
Backstage Assistants
Yusuf Bahar
Beril Meşe
Ushers Coordinator
Tuna Giritli
Office Assistant
Irmak Erdurak
jazz.fest@iksv.org

MEDIA RELATIONS

Director
Ayşe Bulutgil
Managers
Özlem Bekiroğlu Aldoğan
Elif Obdan Gürkan (International Media)
Coordinators
Ayşen Gürkan
Zeynep Seyhun (International Media)
Zeynep Topaloğlu
Visual Archive Associate
Poyraz Tütüncü
Associate
Ayşe Zeynep Güldiken
medya@iksv.org

Archives Photos
Muammer Yanmaz
Ilgın Erarslan Yanmaz
Mahmut Ceylan
Ali Güler

İKSV STUDIO

Director
Selçuk Metin
Assistant
Ebru Gümrükçüoğlu

CORPORATE IDENTITY AND PUBLICATIONS

Director
Didem Ermiş Sezer
Editorial Coordinator
Erim Şerifoğlu
Editor
Merve Evirgen
Publications Operator
Ferhat Balamir
Graphic Designers
Esra Kılıç
Ayşe Ezgi Yıldız
Webmaster
Sezen Özgür
yayinlar@iksv.org

SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMME

Director
Yasemin Keretli Çavuşoğlu
Manager
Zeynep Pekgöz
Coordinators
Zeynep Karaman
Yeşim Birhekimoğlu
sponsor@iksv.org

MARKETING 

Director
İrem Akev Uluç
Marketing Communication Coordinator
Cansu Aşkın
Creative Services Coordinator
Meriç Yirmili
Field Operations Coordinator
Sezer Kari
Digital Media Coordinator
Bahar Helvacıoğlu
Social Media Assistant
Ece Kartal
CRM Coordinator
Özge Genç
pazarlama@iksv.org
 

SALES AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Director
Dilan Beyhan
Membership Programme Coordinators
Yıldız Lale Yıldırım
Gülce Şahin
Sales and Business Development Coordinator
Gonca Varol
Sales Operations Coordinator
Ercan Kaya
Sales Operations Associate
Neva Abrar
Operations Associate
Işıl Öztürk
Sales Operations Assistants
Yeliz Vural
Çağlar Koca
Burak Akgün
Canan Alper
satisveisgelistirme@iksv.org
 

PRODUCTION

Production Manager
Erdal Hamamcı
Associate
Başat Karakaş
Assistant
Ali Uluç Kutal

INFORMATION AND RECORDS CENTER

Manager
Esra Çankaya

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

Head of Finance and Administration
Ahmet Balta

FINANCE

Managers
Ahmet Buruk (Budget and Accounting)
Başak Sucu Yıldız (Finance)
Accounting and Finance Operations Associate
Deniz Yılmaz
Accounting and Reporting Associate
Kadir Altoprak
Assistants
Çiğdem Arslan
Büşra Açıkgöz
finans@iksv.org

PUBLIC AND INTERNATIONAL GRANTS

Manager
Aslı Yurdanur

HUMAN RESOURCES AND ADMINISTRATION

Director
Semin Aksoy
Human Resources Specialist
Eren Ertekin
Human Resources Assistant
Cansu Zülfikar
Building Administration and Security Manager
Ersin Kılıçkan
System Manager
Kadir Ayyıldız
Information Technology Assistant
Tahsin Okan Erdem
Reception Officer
Lidya Durmazgüler
Warehouse Officers
Muzaffer Sayan
Şerif Kocaman
Services
Özden Atukeren
İbrahim Çakmak
Aydın Kaya
Hayrullah Nişancı
Serap Sürgit
Müzeyyen Öztürk
insankaynaklari@iksv.org