What are the chances of coming across a musician who can play not only the blues but also metal and experimental melodies? Pretty much zero, if not for Ediz Hafızoğlu. Thankfully, we have him and his drums. The Bulgarian-born musician, who says he's “never had a homeland,” will take the stage of KargART this Thursday along with other musicians he's worked with. Nazdrave is the name of the event. Its meaning? Cheers!
Where: Caferağa Mh. Kadife Sk. No: 16, Kadıköy
When: Mar. 2, 10:45 p.m.
More info: +90 216 449 17 25; karga.com.tr
The Belgian DJ duo-turned-foursome Stavroz injects acoustic, organic, jazz and Balkans folk influences into electronic music. Wondering what the heck that even sounds like? Get a sense of it here and show up at Babylon on March 10 for the full immersion. You'll quickly realize it's what you've been missing.
Where: Bomonti Bira Fabrikası Birahane Sk. No: 1, Şişli
When: Mar. 10, 10:30 p.m.
More info: Facebook; Biletix
We don’t like labels. Unless there are some great producers and DJs behind them. Music from Memory, a label by the Amsterdam-based record store Redlight, will be the focus during the second evening of the event Label Nights at Arkaoda. DJ and Music from Memory cofounder Tako will take the stage to present it. Don't be late: Before Tako hits the decks there's a performance by the leading Spanish experimental musician Suso Sáiz.
Where: Kadife Sk. No: 18/A, Kadıköy
When: Mar. 15, 8:30 p.m.
More info: +90 216 418 02 77; Facebook
Barcelona, Chicago, Buenos Aires, Hamburg and Seoul: all cities that have gotten to deep-dive into music, creativity and tech during the world-renowned Sónar Festival. Now it's Istanbul's turn. The first Sónar Istanbul will explore electronic music’s yesterday, today and tomorrow with artists like Moderat, Róisín Murphy and Nina Kraviz. Look for local artists such as Vildan Gündüz and Ali Demirel, as well. They might just take you to another frequency.
Where: Zorlu Performing Arts Center, Beşiktaş
When: Mar. 24 & 25
More info: sonaristanbul.com
If electronic music isn't really your thing, all is definitely not lost in March. On the 24th, head to Garajistanbul to see Ayda 1, a band whose members are all health care workers. They spend their lives surrounded by stress and uncertainty, but with their music they aim to become happier and more peaceful, and to spread the energy to others. You know what they say: Music heals the soul.
Where: Tom Tom Mh., Yeni Çarşı Cd., Kaymakam Reşat Bey Sk. No: 11/A, Beyoğlu
When: Mar. 24, 8 p.m.
More info: +90 212 244 44 99; garajistanbul.org