THE RISE UP: Stories of Strife, Struggle and Inspiration

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol & Whatsnext? featuring Dave Liebman

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THE RISE UP: Stories of Strife, Struggle and Inspiration is the most ambitious project yet by prolific composer and multi-instrumentalist Mehmet Ali Sanlikol and his dynamic jazz orchestra Whatsnext? Commissioned directly by and featuring NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman as soloist, THE RISE UP is an epic three-part artistic masterpiece that combines traditional Middle Eastern instrumentation and classical Turkish music influences with the jazz language in a cosmopolitan way.

The above video combines animation and jazz orchestra footage, and it is about a significant event in the great poet/mystic Rumi’s life: according to some, Rumi composed some of the most beautiful mystical poetry ever written after the murder of Shams (his beloved teacher and friend) by the people of Konya who were jealous of their close relationship.

THE RISE UP: Stories of Strife, Struggle and Inspiration is now available on ALL streaming platforms and Bandcamp.

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