Posted by: mollyscafeistanbul | January 27, 2012

February 2012 at Molly’s Cafe

After a hiatus during January, we are gearing back up for a busy and warm February.

Sun. Feb. 5  4:30 pm    TRT is airing their Tadim program which features moi and Molly’s Cafe. I hope you can catch it. If they send me a clip I will put it on Facebook.




Fri. Feb. 10   7:30 pm   Get warm from the inside out with another Sri Lanka curry night. Ranit will prepare a variety of curries, rice, and dessert. If you missed the last one, get in on this, as it has been very popular. 40 lira, of which 10 lira goes to Ranit. Reservation only.




Sat. Feb. 11   9 to 11 pm   Ali Agca and Yesim Pekiner will offer us mellow jazz. 10 lira for the music.

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.


Tues. Feb. 14    7 to 10 pm   Singles Valentineless Evening. No Valentine? Stop by for red drinks and food and perhaps you will meet someone…






Sat. Feb. 18   4:30 pm   Poetry! Rebecca Farivar and Julie Doxsee.

Rebecca Farivar is the author of Correct Animal (Octopus Books) and chapbook American Lit (Dancing Girl Press). Her poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, 6×6, Octopus Magazine, cold-drill, and elsewhere. A California native, she currently lives in Bonn, Germany.

Julie Doxsee is the Canadian-American author of three books of poetry: The Next Monsters (Black Ocean, forthcoming 2013), Objects for a Fog Death (Black Ocean, 2010), and Undersleep (Octopus Books, 2008). She holds a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Denver (2007) and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2002). After several visits to Turkey over the years, in 2007 she moved to Istanbul, where she teaches academic writing, creative writing, and literature courses at Koç University.

Sat. Feb. 18  9 to 11 pm  Rock ‘n’ Roll and Blues classics unplugged! ‘The Untouchables Project – Goes Acoustic’ Featuring Canadian guitarist George Wabisca on acoustic guitar and vocals accompanied by Baris Buran on percussion and Cihan Guvenc on the upright bass. Your favourite classics from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. 10 lira for the music.




Fri. Feb. 24  7:30 pm Fondue dinner. Mmm, hot sticky fragrant cheese fondue, accompanied by bread and vegies to dip, as well as salad and dessert. 35 lira, reservation required.




Sat. Feb. 25   9 to 11 pm   Alcala will play acoustic latin, flamenco and jazz. 10 lira for the music. 





See you soon at Molly’s Cafe!


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