Öçal is a multi-instrumentalist of international repute – a regular guest at leading jazz festivals who has given numerous concerts around the world. His roots in Anatolian, Thracian and Balkan music are at the core of his mission to combine different genres and cultural traditions, which he set out to do upon discovering Western music.

Together with the Bosphorus Quartet, Öçal delivers music with a distinctly Mediterranean flavour. For Valletta 2018, Burhan Öçal’s Bosphorus Quartet bring contemporary Turkish compositions and a mix of international pieces specially adapted for the occasion to the scenic village of Mellieħa. Also performing on the night will be Maltese musician Chris Tanti, one of the island’s leading fingerstyle guitarists, who will be playing a warm-up set.

Burhan Öçal’s Bosphorus Quartet will be taking place on July 13th in Misraħ iż-Żjara ta’ Papa Ġwanni Pawlu II, Mellieħa.