Colors of Turkey

Festival Program

Concerts and Performances

featuring Anthony Jackson and Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez


First appearance in Boston

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at 8:00pm
Tower Auditorium, Tower Building
Massachusetts College of Art
621 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Located at the corner of Longwood Ave. & Huntington Ave.
Accessible by Green Line E train (Longwood stop) or by #39 bus.


FAHIR ATAKOGLU, a native of Turkey, born in Istanbul, is an international award winning composer and pianist, in the fields of large symphonic works and film music. His works have been performed in various music festivals in Europe and across North America to much acclaim, as well as in Europe and Japan. His sensitivity as a composer deeply moves the audience by his unique rythmic, melodic and harmonic sense. His music reflects his extraordinary talent in blending different musical cultures which make his compositions speak with striking originality, and always wonderfully connected to the culture of his motherland. Following his first album in 1994 he released 8 albums in 17 countries including USA and sold over nearly 2 million copies since.
HORACIO 'EL NEGRO' HERNANDEZ, born in Havana, Cuba, is said to be the most talented and innovative percussionist in the world, even before being awarded a Grammy in 1997 for the album "Supernatural" from Carlos Santana. Whether performing with jazz-legends like McCoy Tyner or Michel Camilo, rock-stars like Carlos Santana and Stevie Winwood or in notable Latin American ensembles like the Trop-Jazz All Stars of the late Tito Puente, 'El Negro' has also shown himself to be one of the most forceful and versatile musicians in the international music scene today.
ANTHONY JACKSON, began to perform locally in 1966 and played on his first recording session in 1970. Two years later, he joined Billy Paul's band, receiving his first gold record for the hit "Me and Mrs. Jones". In 1973, he earned an immediate reputation for his unforgettable bass line on the O'Jays' hit "For the Love of Money". He worked on projects with Roberta Flack, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Tom Scott, and others. After 1978 he reached new technical and creative levels, resulting in some of the finest contemporary bass playing ever recorded, with such diverse artists as Chaka Khan, Steely Dan, Al Di Meola, Paul Simon, Eyewitness, and Michael Camilo.