Serdar Ilhan Presents

Serdar Ilhan Presents Music Production, Venue Owner, Promoter As an award-winning Art Director he worked at an ad agency before he entered the NY live music scene. Livaneli - M.

Ilhan moved to the US from his native Istanbul in 1989 with an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design and graduate degree in Photography. In the past 20 years he has presented Turkish, Mediterranean and World music at prestigious places like Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Summer Stage, and Florence Gould Hall. Ilhan also ran successful establishments like St. Marx Café, Maia

and Drom hosting many memorable nights of music, food & culture and continues to present music of different cultures at various venues around town. In addition to being the manager of the New York Gypsy All-Stars, Ilhan is one of the producers of the annual NY Gypsy Festival (now in its 7th year) and the Istanbulive @ Central Park SummerStage and Lincoln Center Out of the Doors concert series (held in 2009 - 2012)

Important Past Events, organized by Serdar Ilhan
October 1994 Atilla Engin and Turquoise Weill Recital Hall at Carnagie Hall
April 3, 1999 Genco Erkal "Human Landscape" Kaye Playhouse
May 15, 1999 MFO "Kosova Benefit Concert" at Live Club
September 26, 1999 Turkish Earthquake, Jazz Concerts at Florance Gould Hall
featuring Al di Meola, Arto Tunc, Badal Roy, Mordy Ferber, A. Engin, I.lhan Ersahin, Ara Dinjciyan
October8, 1999 Ferhan Sensoy "Ferhangi Seyler" Kaye Playhouse
March 17, 2000 Z. Farandouri Concert at Town Hall
May 6, 2000 Kenan Dogulu Concert at Culture Club
May 7, 2000 Musfik Kenter " Bir Garip Orhan Veli" Florance Gould Hall
November 19, 2000 Genco Erkal "Can" Kaye Playhouse
December 3, 2000 Arif Sag, E. Erzincan & Istanbul Orch. at Symphony Space
April 14, 2002 Remembering the unforgotten poet" Nazim" at Kaye Playhouse
Genco Erkal, Zulfu Livaneli, Zeynep Oral, Tilbe Saran,, Stefan Kinzer, Zisan Ugurlu
November 9, 2002 Musfik Kenter "Kuvayi Milliye" Florance Gould Hall
December 31, 2003 llhan Sesen in NY St.Marx Cafe
Sept. 24,25,26 2004 Jazz Made In Turkey Festival Lincoln Center (
Featuring: Aydin Esen, Okay Temiz, Erkan Ogur’s Telvin, Laco Tayfa, Kudsi Erguner, Ilhan Ersahin, Joe Lovano, Greg Ozby, Eddie Henderson, Lefteris Burnias
hosted by Ahmet Ertegun, Arif Mardin and Ilhan Mimaroglu
Jan. 13-17 2005 "Ege in New York" Maia Meyhane
March 25, 2005 "Yeni Turku in NY" Satalla
May 6, 2005 "Mercan Dede in NY" M1-5
Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 2005 New York Gypsy Festival (
Featuring: Gogol Bo****lo, Iva Papazov, Husnu Senlendirici, Zlatne Uste, Luminescent Orchestrii, New York Gypsy All-Stars, Hungary March Band
November 12 , 2005 "Yasar in NY" M1-5
October 20, 2006 "Ilhan Sesen in NY " M 1 -5
Sep. 22- Nov 8, 2006 2nd New York Gypsy Festival
Featuring: Gipsy Kings, Kalpakov Trio, Aquaragia Drom, KAL, Eugene Hutz, Costel Vasilesku, Kultur Shock, Slavic Soul Party, Frank London’s Kleamer Brass All Stars
November 18, 2006 "Yeni Turku in NY" M1-5
Sept. 23 – Oct.3 2007 3rd New York Gypsy Festival
Featuring: Beirut, Balkan Beat Box, 17 Hippies, Iva Bittova
Sept. 21 - 24 2007 New York Gypsy All-Stars tour - Madison, Millwaukee, Chicago and New York
December 14th 2007 Husnu Senlendirici and NYGypsy All-Stars at Carnegie Hall School program concert
December 6th 2007 Husnu Senlendirici and Brooklyn Funk Essentials at Drom
Sept 24 – Oct 3 4th New York Gypsy Festival
Featuring: Baba Zula, Dunkelbunt, Watcha Clan, Red Baraat, Mames Babaganush, Eastern Block, Dotschy Reinhardt, Sanda Weighl
February 21st 2008 Deniz Seki and Husnu Senlendirici at Drom
February 29th 2008 Ayhan Sicimoglu Latin All-Stars at Drom
May 17th 2008 Kurtalan Ekspres at Drom
July 16 -23 2008 Boban Markovich Orkestar at Drom
Sept 15th 20008 James Galway and Tiempo Libra at Drom
September 12th 2008 Baba Zula at Drom and touring Chicago, Indiana, Madison, WI and Toronto
December 12 2008 Ilhan Ersahin and Husnu Senlendirici at Drom
December 13 2008 Husnu Senlendirici and NYGA at Drom

December 2008 Al di Meola and Husnu Senlendirici at Drom
January 8th 2009 Painted on Water at Drom
Featuring: Sertab Erener, Demir Demirkan, Kai Echard, Dave Weckle and Tulug Tirpan
December 31st 2009 Sertab Erener in New York at Drom
April 8th 2009 Selim Sesler and NYGA at Carnegie Hall
April 9th 2009 Selim Sesler at Drom "Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts Series
June 27 2009 Istanbulive at SummerStage Central Park
Featuring: MFO, Painted on Water, Husnu Senlendirici, Vasilis Saleas, New York Gypsy All Stars, Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Emre Yilmaz, Cristina Karam
Sept 11-Sept 26 2009 5th New York Gypsy Festival
Featuring: Rhythm of Rajastan, Hazmat Modine, Barbaros Erkose, Little Cow, Sway Machinery, New York Gypsy All Stars
September 2009 Mazhar Fuat Ozkan US Tour / Seattle, San Francisco / Chicago / NY
December 2010 Husnu Senlendirici & NY Gypsy All-Stars US Tour / NY /Boston / Chicago / San Francisco /Seattle
July 3rd 2010 Istanbulive 2 at SummerStage Central Park
Featuring: Kenan Dogulu, Duman, Sukriye Tutkun, Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions
September 2010 Sertab Erener US Tour / Chicago /Detroit/ Washington DC/NY
September 2010 6th New York Gypsy Festival
Featuring: Mahala Rai Banda, Veveritse Brass Band, Selim Sesler, New York Gypsy All-Stars, Espiritu Gitano, Tecsoi, Staphane Wrembel, Delhi to Dublin, Zlatne Uste, Balval, Yuri Yunakov
September 24 2010 Gypsy Music from Black Sea
Featuring: Mahala Rai Banda, Selim Sesler, New York Gypsy All-Stars, Yuri Yunakov, Tecsoi Banda, DJ Wonderlust
September 2010 Mahala Rai Banda North America Tour
Atlanta/Minneapolis/Cedar Rapids/ Madison/Chicago/Milwaukee/ New York/Toronto/Quebec
June 2011 Istanbulive iii
Feuturing: Zulfu Livaneli, Manga, New York gypsy All Stars, Al Di Meola, Demet Sagiroglu

July 2011 International Antalya Jazz Festival Programming and Booking
Featuring: Macy Gray, Nina Katamatze, Al Di Meola, New York Gypsy All-Stars, China Moses, Lisa Ekhdal, Cesaria Evora, Monica Molina and Fahir Atakoglu
September 2011 7th New York Gypsy Festival
Feuturing: Gabby Young and Other Animals, SoCalled from Canada, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino from Italy, Caramelo & Freak Fandango Orchestra from Spain, Roger Davidson and Frank London Klezmer Orchestra, Zlatne Uste Brass Band and Raya Brass Band, Csaba Toth Bagi from Hungary/Serbia, A Hawk and A Hacksaw, Dark Dark Dark andPillars And Tongues, Dunkelbunt and The Secret Swing Society

Gaye Su Akyol - 'Anadolu Ejderi'New album out now on LP & CD and all digital platforms“Turkey had its own thriving rock ...

Gaye Su Akyol - 'Anadolu Ejderi'
New album out now on LP & CD and all digital platforms

“Turkey had its own thriving rock scene throughout the 1970s. Here to revive it is this protest album, of sorts from an Istanbul-born free thinker who uses her sonorous, passionate voice to rail against her country’s encroaching mood of repression … This is psychedelic music repurposed for a new reality and it is fantastic.” **** The Times

“Turkish psychedelic singer Gaye Su Akyol brings a powerful blend of group vocals and driving guitar lines on her latest album.” The Guardian

“Intoxicating fourth album from Turkish psych-folk maven … She and her four-piece band have broadened their scope too, blending riffy psychedelia (“Yaram Derin Derin Kanar"; post-glam stomp "Sen Benim Magaramsin”) with percussive Middle Eastern grooves and making greater use of traditional Turkish instruments. The effect is enthralling.” 8/10 UNCUT

“Fourth outing for Turkey’s shapeshifting retro-futurist groover … On [‘Anadolu Ejderi’] she displays her belief in the righteous fury of Kurt Cobain, the grooves that spread like tentacles from Persia centuries ago, and that brief window in which forward-thinking pop stars spawned Turkish psychedelia … If you are looking for a contemporary voice from nearer to home to use as your gateway to this world, Nadine Shah comes to mind particularly on the slow-burning Bu Izdirabin Panzehiri. However, despite an orchestra of encyclopaedia-requiring instruments, no immersive prep is necessary.” **** MOJO

“Sonics from Turkey’s psych-folk breakout star.” Songlines

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Celebrating 100th year of Republic of Turkey at Bryant Park in NYC with Gaye Su Akyol Band and The Secret Trio.

Celebrating 100th year of Republic of Turkey at Bryant Park in NYC with Gaye Su Akyol Band and The Secret Trio.

Gaye Su Akyol US Premiere www.serdarilhan.comGaye Su Akyol is an Istanbul-based musician and artist, born in 1985. In he...

Gaye Su Akyol US Premiere

Gaye Su Akyol is an Istanbul-based musician and artist, born in 1985. In her work, she redefines the concepts of power, desire, change and rebellion, hand in hand in tight-knit solidarity with women, q***r and outcast communities, and rebels against societal gender roles, patriarchy, censorship, and oppression. She creates a universe of imagination, in which she constructs her own "counter-reality" against the stifling realities dictated by power. Without alienating from the land she was born into, she questions its representations, defines new symbols, and, while struggling with the complexities and political chaos of the concrete world, she chases after the practice of transforming a conservative world through collective dreaming.

Gaye Su Akyol has created her own unique language, taking the contrasts of traditional Anatolian music, Classical Turkish music, psychedelia, surf rock and post-punk, and combining them with her futuristic approach. Akyol, who, in 2014, released her first album “Develerle Yaşıyorum” (“I Live With Camels”) in 2014, written and composed entirely by herself, defines her music as “universal in concept, local in spirit”. She expanded her audience through numerous concerts and festivals in Turkey, Europe, Middle East and the Far East, with the release of her first international album, "Hologram İmparatorluğu" (“Hologram Empire”) in 2016, released dually from German-based record label Glitterbeat, and Dunganga Records, a label which Akyol has co-founded with Ali Güçlü Şimşek. She had received rave reviews for her music and creations, from major media publications such as The New York Times, The Observer, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Pitchfork and The Wire. In her third long play, “İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir” (“Consistent Fantasy is Reality”), released in 2018, a record which she names “a practice of dreaming”, she not only writes and composes the entirety of the album, but also takes on the role of producer in the stages of production, arrangement and recording, and art director to the visual aspect of the record. With this album, she became the first musician from Turkey to be featured on the cover of Songlines, one of the top music magazines in England, and was awarded the "Best Artist" title in 2019.

”Akyol is the futuristic figurehead of the revived Anatolian rock movement, which first flourished between military coups in the 1960s and 1970s. Fusing Turkish classical and folk music roots with mind-expanding psychedelic rock, it was embodied then by the likes of
Cem Karaca, whose voice was a wild flourish of insolent romantic freedom, and Selda Bağcan,
a rare female pioneer and early Akyol hero, who was jailed for her protest songs.
Financial Times
“Gaye Su Akyol has revived a style of music once thought deeply uncool, and she uses it to comment poetically on her country.
New York Times


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"Celebrating 100 years of the Turkish Republic and Helping the people who survievied from Turkish Earthquake"

"Celebrating 100 years of the Turkish Republic and Helping the people who survievied from Turkish Earthquake"

Hepimiz ilk gunden beri kendi hayatlarimizi dertlerimizi hastaliklarimizi isimizi gucumuzu bir kenara koyduk ve milyonla...

Hepimiz ilk gunden beri kendi hayatlarimizi dertlerimizi hastaliklarimizi isimizi gucumuzu bir kenara koyduk ve milyonlarca insanin hayatini iyilestirebilmek icin omuzomuza fayda saglamaya yardim etmeye calisiyoruz . Ben de en iyi bildigim seyi yaparak sarki soyleyerek yardim etmek ortak acimizi azaltmaya iyilestirmeye katkim olsun diye yola ciktim . Konser bilgilerimiz da

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Fatma Turgut ve Demir Demirkan in Virginia

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3 Likes, 1 Comments - Ron Lee () on Instagram: "Last night, we were able to attend and cover night 2 of a special 2-night relief concert in the that helped organizers raise a projected $40,000 in donations that will help victims of the devastating earthquake earlier t...

Deprem yardim konserlerimiz devam ediyor.

Deprem yardim konserlerimiz devam ediyor.


Türkiye, Yunanistan, Ermenistan, Makedonya, Filistin ve Suriyeli sanatçılar, New York'ta Drom adlı mekanda bir konser verdi. Konserin tüm geliri Türkiye ve Suriye’deki depremzedelere gönderilecek


Fatma Turgut ve Demir Demirkan turnemizi iptal etmek yerine butun turneyi gerçekleştirip, gelirini Ahbap yolu ile depremde etkilenen vatandaslarimiza bagislamaya karar verdik. City Winery'ler de mekan kiralarını yarıya indirerek bize destek oldular.
Bu konsere destek olan herkese çok teşekkür ediyoruz.


Impact Reports and Transparency:
We commit to transparent reporting and will update you on how we’ve used donations to this fund. Your contributions will go to TPF-vetted nonprofits at Afet Platformu, which is an umbrella platform consisting of various nonprofits such as Ahbap, ACEV, TOG, Ihtiyac Haritasi, TEGV that are directly involved in Kahramanmaras and its neighboring towns to help victims recover from the devastating effects of the earthquake and rebuilding efforts.

Grants made from the funds to date:
$100,000 to AKUT Foundation to local search and rescue team.
$100,000 to Needs Map to provide support for coordination, need analysis, and humanitarian aid.
$100,000 to Support to Life to disburse hygiene kits to affected people.
$100,000 to Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG) for temporary relief and emergency supplies for displaced families.

We will continue to update our community as grants are sent. For more updates please visit or

We are truly grateful to all who continue to support our efforts, share our message, and stand with us as we work to address urgent needs.

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