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Istanbul’s Ramadan tradition of Jazz in Ramadan is back for a seventh straight year with big names in the world of jazz appearing for evening performances throughout the holy month.

This year’s Jazz in Ramadan concerts, which started on June 10 with an opening concert by the Mustonen Art Jazz Quartet at Sakıp Sabancı Museum, will be held until June 27 in Istanbul.

German group Ensemble Olivinn, composed of soloist Begüm Tüzemen, pianist-composer Sinem Altan, Anatolian saz player Özgür Ersoy and percussionist Axel Meier, will be on the same stage on June 18.

Hindi Zahra will also be at Jazz in Ramadan this year with her mesmerizing voice and popular songs that blend different genres of music. She will perform her biggest hits like “Beautiful Tango,” “Stand Up” and “Silence” at the Zorlu PSM Main Theater Stage on June 21.

The famous German composer and trumpet player Markus Stockhausen will also be in Istanbul for the first time. Another German contribution to the world of jazz, talented pianist Florian Weber, will play at SSM Garden on June 23.

Rich and colorful compositions from both musicians will be heard live, as inspired improvisation and intuitive musicality unite to become a harmonious entity and unimaginable sounds are coaxed from the instruments.

The last concert of the festival will be given by Norwegian pianist Jon Balke accompanied by Mouna Boutchebak on vocals and Snorre Bjerck on percussion on June 27. Balke will also share the stage with guitarist Cenk Erdoğan, who will appear as a guest artist.

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