Wonderland performs at IstanbuLive IV, at Lincoln Center’s “Out of Doors” from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

The second performance in IstanbuLive’s 2012 show at Lincoln Center was by the Jazz-Roma fusion band Wonderland, the baby of Ilhan Ersahin, featuring Husnu Senlendirici. For those you who do not know who he is, (and if you aren’t Turkish you might not) Senlendirici was the lead player in the seminal band Laço Tayfa. The impact of this band cannot be overstressed- young audiences and musicians from Turkey and throughout neighboring countries responded like lightning to this updating of traditional music. Even those people who were disenchanted with their own musical heritage were brought back into the fold when they heard this sophisticated and contemporary approach to it. Holding center stage in this aggregate, was the charismatic Senlendirici, a Turkish gypsy who played the clarinet in the traditional style, yet merged it perfectly with jazz fusion. Ilhan Ersahin has his own reputation as a fine contemporary jazz musician and composer (he wrote both pieces in this video), and in the first song “Gocmenler” he provides a great atmospheric bed for Sendlendirici to stretch out in, while the second tune, “Sensiz Yasayamam” allows Ersahin to display his own saxophone chops.

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