Itamar Erez 311.
(photo credit: Carousel Artists Management)
Itamar Erez & The Adama Ensemble canceled their performance at Akbank Sanat
Jazz Days Festival in Istanbul, which was scheduled for Saturday night, due to
threats the musicians and festival management had received.
which is a part of a rich and intensive year-round Akbank Sanat cultural
program, is a series of concerts which hosts prominent musicians from all over
Recently, the festival management began receiving threats from
various sources claiming that this performance is but an “Israeli provocation”
and they plan to foil it.
Festival management speculated that the threats
came from flotilla activists, but were not sure.
Erez and his ensemble
were attacked via their Facebook pages with statements such as, “You Israeli
pigs killed nine of our people and never apologized.”
In order to disrupt
the show, the group booked 14 tickets for the concert, the festival management
said, and out of concern for the guest artists’ security, it decided on Friday
to cancel the show.
The event first drew attention when the Israeli
Consulate in Turkey advertised the concert on its Facebook page, the festival
management said on Saturday night.
When the concert was canceled, Erez
said he received a lot of supportive e-mails and posts on his page from all over
the world, expressing sorrow over the cancellation.
Erez said he often
performs in Turkey and is “proud to take part in creating a bridge between the
two cultures. The local audiences are always supportive and receive me very
well, and I adamantly believe, that although there still are extremist
organizations which try to create chaos and destruction, this does not reflect
the mood of the majority of the Turkish people.”
He added, “Through music
we shall remind to them and to ourselves that in may ways our peoples are
similar and that there still is an opportunity to return to normalcy, if not in
this show so maybe in the next.”