I was first introduced to composer, performer and scholar Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol in 2012. Elbow deep into creating a concert program for A Far Cry with the theme of religious mysticism, I was searching for a new work reflecting on mysticism within Islam.
With three Grammy awards to their credit along with a huge and steadily growing following, Snarky Puppy is case-in-point that much of what is defined as “jazz” is a synthesis of numerous other genres and musical cross-pollinations.
Melody Gardot is a true role model for those who have had major curve balls thrown at them in life. As a college student studying fashion design, Gardot was biking when an SUV ran a red light and hit her.