"...We all came to this world from a mother's womb ; when we opened our eyes the very first time we were all naked , naive and without a sin.
Whatever our colour , language or religion may be :
we all started this life the same way...As one.
Let's give up our earthly desires to let live love and to live love as one.
Whenever we look at each other , let our eyes first see that moment in life when we first opened them...
So that every moment we live, we should remember our very first breath when we were all as one, to find tolerance and love..." - Fahir Atakoğlu
NEW ALBUM 'FOR LOVE"
will be released on
June 19 , 2020
"An unrepentant romantic, Turkish-American pianist-composer-arranger
Fahir Atakoğlu is all-in Por Amor on his 18th album as a leader.
A visionary undertaking that blends musical elements from Turkey, Spain, Italy, the Middle East, Cuba and Brazil while revealing touches of American jazz in the freewheeling improvisations heard throughout, Por Amor also carries the majestic sweep of symphonic polyphony in Fahir’s stirring string orchestrations.
With world-class musicians in American saxophonist Bob Franceschini, Canadian bassist Alain Caron, Turkish percussionist Mustafa Boztuy and Cuban drumming marvel Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez,
Por Amoralso features an international cast of vocalists in Spain’s Buika, Brazil’s Luciana Souza, Italy’s Letizia Gambi and American rising star jazz singer Aimée Allen, each contributing lyrics while singing in her native tongue. .."
from the album's liner notes by Bill Milkowski
The Music of Hope Tour is dedicated to refugees throughout the world.
The repertoire features Palestinian and Syrian musicians and the poems of Turkish poet Rumi. As well as the poem of 13-year-old Amineh Abou
Kerech, winner of this year’s prestigious Betjeman Poetry Prize.
The purpose of this concert tour is to change the world's view of refugees, to positively engage the audience, to look at the lives, struggles, and achievements of refugees, to show tolerance, respect and love towards one another by reminding us that
it could happen to all of us, anytime, anywhere.
“The concerts carry the messages of unity, of learning to live together, and embracing our differences and to always feel the "Hope for Peace" through music."