Posted by: mollyscafeistanbul | September 21, 2011

October 2011 at Molly’s Café

OK, we are settled into the new location of the café now. It has been a very nice summer and now we are ready to start the fall season.

On Sat. Oct. 1 we will celebrate the birthday of Molly and of the café The café is a little younger than Molly… three years! And the third (and last) location. From 8 to 11 pm we will provide canapés etc. and you can buy your own drinks. Do come by and help celebrate.





Fri. Oct. 7 from 9 to 11 pm brings us Ali Agca and Yesim Pekiner. There is a 10 lira charge for the music. See below for information about them.

Ali Agca is a jazz guitarist who discovered his personal style while earning his diploma in Professional Music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.  He has lived and performed in Germany, England, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and the United States.  His delicate style and fretboard strumming techniques are influenced by jazz guitar greats like Pat Martino, Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall, to name a few.  Ali’s music has echoes of classical Turkish music, with blues and rock overtones.  In Turkey, Ali launched the Turkish branch of the Berklee Alumni Group and is the coordinator, hosting international jazz musicians and jazz students from the U.S. who come to perform in Turkey. He is one of the coordinators of Berklee’s audition program in Turkey.  He has been a guitar soloist at the Movenpick and Ritz Carlton Hotels in Istanbul, and his guitar-bass duo performed regularly at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sultanahmet.  His jazz groups perform numerous gigs in Istanbul’s jazz clubs, including Nardis, Naima, Alt, 60 Square Meters, and Atolye.  

Yeşim Pekiner is a jazz vocalist who performs in Istanbul’s top jazz clubs, including the Istanbul Jazz Center (JC’s), Nardis Jazz Club, Taksim Eliteworld Hotel (Jazz Company), Santral Istanbul Tamirane, Indigo Alt, Eylül Bar and more.  Performing with leading Turkish jazz musicians such as Emre Tukur, Kürşad Deniz, Nilüfer Verdi, İmer Demirer, Baran Say, Erdal Akyol, Sarp Maden, Uraz Kıvaner, Eylül Biçer, Siney Yılmaz, Volkan Topakoğlu, Meriç Demirkol, Selim Selçuk, Ahmet Türkmenoğlu, Onur Alatan, Derin Bayhan. She recently joined Ali Ağca’s jazz group, which is known for bluesy jazz, Ali’s original compositions, along with Yeşim’s favorite romantic jazz standards.  Yesim’s colorful and lively voice extends from lower to higher tunes expressing her “joie de vivre” in swing, cha cha and samba as well as softness and romance in ballad and bossa songs.






Fri. Oct. 14 at 7:30 pm we will have the first special dinner of the season. Ranit and friends will cook a variety of Sri Lankan curries (some vegetarian) for us, along with dal, rice, and dessert. The dinner is 40 lira, of which 10 lira will go to Ranit and friends. Reservations are required. Don’t miss this!


















On Sat. Oct. 15 from 9 to 11 pm Canadian George Wabisca will play guitar for us. George lived in Los Angeles for many years playing jazz, among other genres, and giving guitar lessons. As usual, there will be a 10 lira charge for the music.












The following weekend we will take a break from entertainment as I will be away (OMG, away from the café! I can’t believe it!). The cafe will be open, however, so stop by!





On Sat. Oct. 29 at 4:30 pm we will have a poetry reading by the well known poet and writer Bill Berkson. This is a great honour, as Bill is a very prolific writer and will be in Istanbul for just a short time. You can read more about him here:



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