2011 Arif Mardin Music Fellowship Recipient PDF Print E-mail
2011-04-26 15:16:45
The American Turkish Society's fifth Arif Mardin Music Fellowship has been awarded to Emir Demirdag, a 19-year-old percussionist from Mersin, Turkey. Emir will be attending the Five-Week Summer Performance Program at Berklee College of Music taking place July 9 - August 12, 2011.  

Throughout his high school career, Emir, who taught himself to play the drums with only the aid of instructional DVDs and books, enjoyed remarkable local and national success in Turkey. He is the recipient of his high school's "Best Music Student" and "Most Promising Musician" awards, and has won numerous titles from local talent shows. Most significantly, out of 2,500 bands, Emir's band qualified for the semi-final of the nationwide "Fanta Stage Music Contest for Amateur Rock Musicians."

On behalf of The American Turkish Society, we congratulate Emir and wish him success this summer at Berklee College of Music.


Launched by The American Turkish Society in memory of Arif Mardin (1932-2006), world-renowned producer/arranger and vice chairman of the organization for many years, the Arif Mardin Music Fellowship aims to further the education of promising musicians from Turkey and give them a chance to study in the United States. The program is conducted in partnership with Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where Mardin's successful music career began as the first recipient of the Quincy Jones Scholarship. Past recipients of the Fellowship, from earliest to most recent, include Sirma Munyar (piano/vocal), Canberk Kargi (drums), Erol Balci (guitar) and Olgun Acar (percussion).
Last Updated ( 2011-04-26 15:21:15 )
Turkish Violinist Virtuoso to Perform at Carnegie Hall in May PDF Print E-mail
2011-04-21 10:48:36
Image Young Turkish violinist Burcu Göker, known as the "new diva of the violin," will perform at New York's prestigious Carnegie Hall in May. Göker will perform at Carnegie Hall together with American pianist Eric Jenkins on May 2, a statement from the Turkish Culture Ministry said Wednesday. After their concert in New York, the two musicians will come to Turkey and stage performances in five provinces as well as northern Cyprus starting May 9, the statement said.

Göker, a native of Istanbul, started her musical education at the age of eight at the University of Istanbul State Conservatory, where she graduated the high school division at the age of 14.
Last Updated ( 2011-04-21 10:52:54 )
The New York Cosmos Want to Take the Field Again PDF Print E-mail
2011-04-16 20:19:05
GLORY DAYS With the goalkeeper Shep Messing directly behind him, Pelé mingled with Mick Jagger after a match at Giants Stadium in 1977. To the far right was one of the team's founders, Ahmet Ertegun. The New York Cosmos Archive
As a theme for a downtown party, a salute to late-’70s American professional soccer sounds a little on the you’ve-got-to-be-kidding side. But anyone who walked into Openhouse Gallery in NoLIta one rainy night in mid-February would have seen a young crowd in a huge room celebrating the New York Cosmos, the long-defunct team that briefly turned the world’s most popular sport into a glamorous New York fad.

In the back of the gallery, on a riser, a D.J. remixed pop classics like Eddy Grant’s “Electric Avenue” while a grainy film loop of Cosmos triumphs played on a wall. The food could be described as haute stadium — miniature hot dogs topped with sesame pickled-red-cabbage slaw. Propped up around the room were vintage trophies and photos of Pelé, Brazil’s beloved superstar, and Giorgio Chinaglia, Italy’s egomaniacal striker, who together in 1977 helped the squad win one of its five championships in the North American Soccer League.

“We’re very, very privileged that we’ve got the original Cosmos superstar striker here tonight,” Paul Kemsley, an impish 43-year-old Briton in a dark suit, said into a microphone. “Giorgio Chinaglia, here tonight!” The audience cheered as Chinaglia, now a hulking 64-year-old with a hangdog smile, nodded slightly. “We’ve also got the original Cosmos goalie, Shep Messing, here tonight!” More cheers, more nods. Then Kemsley wrapped it up.
Last Updated ( 2011-04-16 22:39:51 )
Kim Kardashian Is Outraged To Find Herself On The Cover Of Cosmo In Turkey PDF Print E-mail
2011-04-13 01:20:23
ImageFamed lawyer Mark Geragos -- one of the most outspoken people in the L.A. Armenian community -- is furious that Cosmopolitan ran a picture of Kim Kardashian on the cover of Turkish Cosmo, saying it's another example of Turks rubbing salt in the wound of the Armenian people.

Geragos -- a friend of Kim K's -- tells TMZ ... Turkey seems to be on a campaign to co-opt L.A. Icons.  First, Geragos says, the Turks used Kobe Bryant's image to promote Turkish Airlines, and now Kim.

Geragos says he believes the Kim K cover is a combination of taking advantage of a celebrity and rubbing salt in the wounds of a people who are the victims of genocide.

Geragos says, "Anyone who has synapses firing would never do such a thing." Source: TMZ
Last Updated ( 2011-04-15 01:43:12 )
Television Drama Enhances Turkey's Popularity in Arab World PDF Print E-mail
2011-04-10 17:32:59
ImageTurkey's television drama industry has played a pivotal role in enhancing the country's popularity in the Arab world. "Five years ago the image of Turkey was that of the oppressive Ottoman Empire," Joseph Husseini of Bright I in Lebanon, a media training facility, told Xinhua, adding "the first year Gumus was broadcast, Turkey became the top travel destination."

"Gumus" (silver) was the vanguard of the Turkish drama. Renamed "Noor" (Arabic for "light") and characters renamed with Arabic names, the entire show became a phenomenon in the Arab world. The show was such a success that 85 million Arabs tuned in to watch the series finale broadcast in 2008.

Just a decade ago international sale of Turkish television dramas amounted to less than 1 million U.S. dollars, and in just a few years it managed to reach 50 million dollars in 2010, due primarily to the huge success of those shows in the Middle East.

Turkish productions now make up 60 percent of all programs of Middle Eastern broadcasters, and the demand keeps on growing.
Last Updated ( 2011-04-10 17:35:07 )
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