SummerStage 2011 continues tomorrow night at 7:00 pm with “ISTANBULIVE III: Sounds of Civilizations,” featuring Zulfu Livaneli, maNga and special guests.
Acclaimed and multi-talented writer, politician, film director and musician Zülfü Livaneli has been a mainstay in Turkish culture for decades – in fact, he is celebrating 40 years in the arts in 2011. While his book “Bliss” has been published in the US and became a bestseller across the world, he is best known in the world of music for his fusion of Turkish traditional songs with contemporary stylings. Livaneli has composed hundred of songs, won numerous international accolades and performed with U2, Joan Baez, Haris Alexiou, Jocelyn B. Smith, George Dalaras, Zubin Mehta, Mikis Theodorakis, Maria Farantouri, among many others.
maNga’s fusion of Anatolian melodies, rock and hip-hop with electronic elements is internationally recognized as evidenced by their Best European Act award at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards. Additionally, their pan-European hit, “We Could Be the Same” came in second at the 2010 Eurovision Song contest. Named after the globally popular Japanese comic books, maNga strives to create a similarly universally accessible sound. Performing before Zülfü Livaneli, the SummerStage performance will mark maNga’s US debut.
ISTANBULIVE seems to have it’s own website, which you can visit here. You can also check out the official SummerStage event page. This is a free event and no tickets are required. Gates open 60 minutes prior to start-time (i.e. 6:00 pm tomorrow). You can click here for SummerStage’s “What To Know” section which should answer most questions you may have. Click here for a map of the SummerStage location in Central Park.
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