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Mehmet Ali Sanlikol

professor, performing arts, Emerson College

Professor Sanlikol received Berklee College of Music's Clare Fischer Award and completed his degree in Jazz Composition and Film Scoring in 1997. In the beginning of 1998 he released the CD *Black Spot* with the electric jazz ensemble AudioFact. In the year 2000 he graduated from New England Conservatory of Music with a Master's Degree in Jazz Composition. In the year 2003 Sanlikol has released the second CD entitled *Asitane*, with AudioFact and has taught in the theory and music history departments of New England Conservatory. In the year 2004 Sanlikol completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Composition at the New England Conservatory and founded the non-profit organization DUNYA along with Robert Labaree and Serap Kantarci Sanlikol. Since then he has produced over 70 concerts with DUNYA and released 6 CDs and a DVD. Recently, he is writing a book about the organization and the music of the Ottoman Janissary Bands and is teaching at Emerson College.