Mehmet Akyazi presents Once Upon a Time and Trakia

Mehmet Akyazi & The Turkish Canadian Orchestra presents ‘Once Upon a Time’ & ’Trakia' on the closing night of the 2024 Lulaworld Festival

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Mehmet Akyazi & The Turkish Canadian Orchestra presents ‘Once Upon a Time’ & ’Trakia'

7:30 pm - Doors open for dinner and drinks

8:30 pm - Concert begins

As part of the 2024 Lulaworld Festival, critically acclaimed, Toronto-based, Turkish musician and dancer Mehmet Akyazı leads a stellar 12-piece orchestra comprised of graduates of the Turkish Music Conservatory, alongside special guests performing a one-night-only double concert evening of Turkish, Balkan and international repertoire. (Buy one ticket and enjoy both concerts!)

Once Upon a Time

The first part of the evening, entitled ‘Once Upon a Time’, will take listeners on a musical journey through the history of international film via a medley of famous film scores, as interpreted by this highly accomplished large Turkish ensemble and enhanced by projections of scenes great cinematic moments from movies such as Pulp Fiction, Mozart and The Godfather.


The second part of the evening, ’Trakia' will commemorate the 101st anniversary of the forced exchange between Greece and Turkey of approximately 1.6 million people. Special guests Brenna MacCrimmon, Suleyman Ergisi and Didem Turan will join Akyazı and his orchestra to perform Turkish and Balkan classics exploring the theme of "From their Ancesttor's Land to Their Homeland" drawing on the incredible energy that only the 9/8 rhythm of Turkish music can deliver!!!

This special evening celebrates Turkish music in Canada and around the world, as well as the special relationship that Turkish musicians and audiences have developed with Lula Lounge in recent years.

About Mehmet Akyazı (Artistic Director and Producer)

A graduate of Istanbul Technical University Conservatory Mehmet Akyazı worked a dancer and musician for many years in Turkey's first professional dance ensemble, Anadolu Ateşi Dance Group. Bringing together 12 Turkish musicians in Canada, he synthesized his experiences from 25 years on world stages to prepare for this grand concert. After more than 6 months of meticulous preparation, Akyazı is ready to share the richness of Turkish music with Toronto audiences.

About Secil Akyazı Co-Artisitc Director

Graduate of ITU Conservatory, Secil Akyazı worked as a dancer and choreographer for 11 years in Anadolu Ateşi Dance Group taking on the role of choreographer and stage director in numerous other dance groups. As the Art Director of this project, Secil has created a unique and mesmerizing visual experience.


Artistic Director: Mehmet AKYAZI

Co-Artistic Director: Secil AKYAZI

Percussion: Mehmet AKYAZI


Drum: Matias RECHARTE

Trumpet: Nizo ALIMOV

Saxophone: Selcuk SUNA

Saxophone: Nazir ALIMOV

Bass: Alihan INANLI

Keyboard: Fatih YILDIRIM

Guitar: Eren CELIK

Qanun : Ergun GÜLBAY

Violin: Samet ERKISI

Soloist: Brenna MACCRIMMON

Soloist: Didem TURAN

Soloist: Süleyman ERGISI

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