The Soulist Coffee and Music House re-opens after lockdown
By CyprusScene ON MAY 26, 2020
By Roland Eyerich ….
There was a re-start after Lockdown for the venue of Live Music “The Soulist Coffee & Music House“ in Alsancak on Saturday 23rd May 2020.
Step by step The Soulist Coffee & Music House will be back to offer good coffee and of course great “live music”, the heart of this venue, to the people. Under the circumstances of new health regulations, the “Soulist” decided last Saturday that the opening jam with Alper Cengiz & Friends should be held outdoors and set the start time at 9:00pm
The aim was to give live music and Soulist friends the chance to participate at this special evening and being able to comply with the rules of the curfew (Midnight to 6am).
This re-start from The Soulist was a great success after the hard times of LOCKDOWN…. People were hungry for live music and joined in at the “Open-Air Terrace“ in front of the Soulist.
At 9:00pm Alper Cengiz & Friends started. You could feel it … Everyone enjoyed the new freedom, danced and had a lot of fun…. Exuberance in the positive sense was announced. Liberated musicians finally being allowed to make music in front of an audience again.
The Soulist and looking back in time with a musical journey.
By CyprusScene ON JANUARY 20, 2020
The very first time I went to the Soulist Coffee and Music House in Alsancak I had this feeling I had been there before, but why?
Going to the 3rd Anniversary celebrations at the Soulist gave me the same feeling just like many times before.
Let me explain this feeling of being there before.
Well for me the Soulist brings my youth back to me, when I spent many happy hours in Soho, although I never went to the 2i’s Cafe which was a bit before my time and without doubt was like the Soulist is now.
I did spend a lot of time in the Flamingo Club in Soho going into the evening session and then later back to the late night session and when it finished I walked all the way home to Walthamstow in NE London which was around 10 miles to get a few hours sleep before getting up to go to work.
Music was our life and although mixed with different types, we spent many hours going to other clubs like The Marque, The Scene and then around the London dance halls like the Hammersmith Palais and Tottenham Royal and even the Leytonstone Baths` which presented some great bands.
Supernova Reggae Band at The Soulist, Alsancak, Review
By CyprusScene ON JANUARY 22, 2020
By Roland Eyerich ….
The Soulist Rock’n’Soul and Reggae music weekend continued with the Supernova Reggae Band on Saturday 7th March.
What a finalè it was on Saturday night, this time with the Supernova Reggae Band. Again a full packed house.
Three music genre in one weekend at the Soulist – “Rock’n’Soul‘n’Reggae“. With Supernova Reggae band (SRB) one of the hip Reggae bands of Cyprus which was a guest again on the Soulist stage and finished the weekend program with their performance. SRB made their debut at the Soulist with the 2nd “Friends Across Borders” Festival held in September 2019. Reggae music has its fan base in Cyprus. Reggae is developing its renaissance in Northern Cyprus with bands such as the Healers and the Supernova Reggae Band. Reggae as a musical expression of social protest.
SRB started with a lot of energy. From the beginning the special reggae feeling was transmitted from the stage to the audience. Sonero Öncal, the frontman, has this talent to reach the audience directly. The motto for this special evening “One love – one heart – let’s get together and feel alright”. Dancing people, people having fun and happy people, this is what happened on this night. Sonero Öncal and Ersen Eroğul harmonised as a vocal duo with Hasan Rahvancıoğlu especially brilliant on piano.
The Hilmi Özakin Band at The Soulist Coffee and Music House, Review
By CyprusScene ON JANUARY 22, 2020
The Hilmi Özakin Band were guests at The Soulist Coffee and Music House in Alsancak on Friday 28th February. A premiere for the new project from Hilmi Özakin performing “Pop – Soul – Rock – Classics“.
When you go to a concert of Hilmi Özakin, it`s not a surprise, he always presents a melting pot of hip music covers. He did it with his former Band, The Healers, with “Reggae” taking us on a trip from Jamaica via the UK to the Ivory Coast, and also on this Friday night event with a melting pot of Pop – Soul – Rock and also Reggae songs.
For the first time The Hilmi Özakin Band with this new program were on stage at The Soulist. It was a successful premiere for this new program, including Bill Withers, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Bobby McFerin, Police, Gnarls Barkley, Maroon 5, Santana, Doobie Brothers and of course Bob Marley.
“ Since I started to play guitar when I was 14/15 years old, I always liked foreign music (English music). From that time I listened to English music more than Turkish music, to be honest I’m not listening to much Turkish music at all. The Playlist is not a list of a specific kind of music. There is pop, rock, old and new music… any kind that I like in it. I also try to choose songs which most people know or listen to on the radio to fill in, so people can enjoy and have fun while they listen our music. “
Posey Music Band debut at The Soulist, Alsancak, Review
By CyprusScene ON March 9, 2020
By Roland Eyerich ….
Rock’n’Soul and Reggae was the music scene last weekend at the venue for Live Music in Alsancak “The Soulist Coffee & Music House”.
On Friday 6th March the Posey Music Band made their debut and Supernova Reggae Band followed on Saturday Night 7th March.
On Friday night the special guests on stage were the Posey Music Band who performed during the Alper Cengiz & Friends gig. Alper Cengiz invited the young talented musicians from the Girne American University to perform a couple of songs.
Following the idea – “Give the young generation a platform for presentation”, the Young Stage was back again, after FAB and the Christmas Market, with the Posey Music Band from Central and West Africa.
With the energy in the songs you felt the love of music. The boys were just great. Especially their singer Emmanuelle Jr, and the audience was surprised to have this additional music presented with this young talented singer at the Soulist.
Young and fresh with their interpretation of Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson and I Look To You by Whitney Houston, and at the end even a composition by singer Nuel Jnr (Emmanuelle) – “Rainbow” – maybe it’s a Cyprus song, because Cyprus is the “Rainbow Island”
It was a great performance and perhaps the Band can come up with a soul night at The Soulist in the near future.
The Soulist 3rd birthday anniversary celebration
By CyprusScene ON JANUARY 22, 2020
It is just as well that the Soulist Coffee and Music House in Alsancak holds most of their events late in the evening.
We had another event to attend on the evening of the 18th January but were determined to be at the Soulist by 9.30pm when the party was to begin to celebrate the 3rd birthday of this great music venue, and we managed to time it nicely.
There were not too many people there when we arrived but within 15 minutes the place was full to overflowing with people who wanted to give their good wishes to Alper Cengiz and Roland Eyerich, who are the mainstay of the Soulist, and enjoy what was to be a fabulous evening.
So the music began with Alper & Friends, which included Alper (guitar/vocal), Dean Bridges (bass guitar), Bulut Abilek (drums) and Naim Korudag (guitar) who unfortunately had to leave following the first couple of numbers and he was replaced by the ever popular Ed Sezener (guitar/vocal).
The Soulist is not a huge venue but its area gives a very intimate atmosphere with the music surrounding the audience. I have seen Alper perform on a number of occasions, and I am overwhelmed how he puts his very heart and soul into his performance. In my opinion he is a showman of the highest calibre and such a very nice person off stage.
Burns Night Ceilidh at The Soulist, Alsancak
By CyprusScene ON JANUARY 14, 2020
The Travelling Scots are once again embracing the Soulist Stage, this time celebrating the life of Robert Burns.
Burns is possibly one of the most celebrated poets around the world and his work has touched everyone whether it is one of his famous love songs or the New Year favourite “Auld Lang Syne”. Born on 25th January 1759, we are now celebrating the 261st anniversary of his birthday. Something that happens internationally, with haggis, whisky, stories, poetry, toasts, songs and music.
Following the success of the St Andrews Ceilidh in November, the Soulist has provided the opportunity to present some of the songs and stories associated with Robert Burns by the reputed ceilidh band from Scotland, as well as having some dances, tunes, some laughs and plenty banter too! Just as Robbie would have wanted it!
The Band for this trip will be a trio. Graeme Mackay, Maggie Wellenger and Andy Low.
Graeme Mackay, Cyprus Ambassador for Scottish music.
Andrew Low, on the bagpipes, has been touring with Graeme for several years and is no stranger to Cyprus.
Maggie Wellenger, is a professional Pianist and is classically trained on the piano and vocals.
Jazz Breakfast at the Soulist – Sunday's @ 10.30amm
By CyprusScene ON JANUARY 13, 2020
The great William Shakespeare wrote ‘If music be the food of love play-on give me excess of it…’ and it is interesting that those words came to mind during the most recent event at the Soulist Coffee and Music House in Alsancak, where the owner Alper Cengiz, along with Adeleh Mozafari and the team fused Jazz and a wonderful breakfast together to the delight of the sell-out audience.
It was an early start for the Soulist, which has quickly become the premier live music venue in the TRNC, but inspired by the warm and sultry jazz tones of ‘Lady M’ we were taken on a magical journey of music, which was the perfect partner to the tasty food freshly prepared and served by the Soulist team. The music was beautifully matched to the breakfast, which highlighted the ability of this jazz trio who bring together great individual musical mastery wrapped together as ‘Lady M’ with Miray Çakır on Violin and vocals; Ersen Sururi on Piano; and Nikolai Petrovic on Double Bass.
The audience could not help but fall in love with the delightful blend of food and music and enjoyed the very best start to a Sunday morning in Northern Cyprus. The only request from the audience was that they wanted ‘more of the same’ so expect this to become a regular feature at the Soulist.
The Soulist Coffee and Music House 3rd Anniversary on 18th January
By CyprusScene ON JANUARY 10, 2020
After 3 Years, success continues at The Soulist Coffee and Music House in “Back to the Roots“ of good Venues for Live Music.
On Saturday the 18th of January -The Soulist is celebrating its 3rd Anniversary. Meanwhile, not just an insider tip for good live music, The Soulist has found its place in the hearts of Cyprus music lovers and it’s a compliment that English guests who visit “The Soulist” repeatedly address the time of the Soho Hot Spots in London during the 1960s, but The Soulist is different – it is unique in North Cyprus.
The Soulist: During the day you can enjoy delicious coffee of different kinds, as well as homemade savoury and sweet pastries. This enjoyment is rounded off by good music and night time (monthly 3 times a week) live events. The most important point, of course, is the musican‘s heart of Alper Cengiz running the place. It`s something special you feel when you come, you feel the soul of the musician at The Soulist. His motivation is to get people excited about music. With “The Soulist”, an international meeting place was founded, focusing on the music and inviting people and musicians to enjoy music without borders.
Introducing the Soulist Coffee and Music House, TV videos...
By CyprusScene ON JANUARY 2, 2020
There is a lot of great entertainment in Northern Cyprus but for something very special you need to call into the Soulist Coffee & Music House in Alsancak where you will find a wide range of music styles and it always reminds me of when in my early days as a teenager I spent a lot of time going to Soho Hot Spots in London.
On January 20th 2017, the Soulist Coffee & Music House was opened in the village of Alsancak in Northern Cyprus by Alper Cengiz (Lead singer of the group Soulstuff from Istanbul) and he soon teamed up with his German friend, Roland Eyerich who helps him with promotional activities.
Alper Cengiz has created something special. You feel the soul of the musician at The Soulist. Music is at the centre of the stage and the furnishings and musical background are there for coffee enjoyment, with trumpets as ceiling lighting, musical instruments and memories of musicians on the walls which all add to the atmosphere of the coffee house.
Soulist Christmas Market with Music, the finale
By CyprusScene ON DECEMBER 27, 2019
This unique Christmas Market in Northern Cyprus, the “cultural Soulist Christmas Market” was held on 21st and 22nd of December in Alsancak/Karavas.
In the centre was a Christmas tree and there were stalls selling hot and cold food items, jewellery, gifts, and pet products and it was also the venue for Live Music with different musical performances, this time with free entry. A gift for all music lovers. On the second day at the “Soulist Christmas Market”, the Soulist presented Choir music with Christmas songs, a pop music act and classical music.
The finale was opened by the Kyrenia Chamber Choir giving a brilliant performance putting everyone into the Christmas mood. Then the evening was ready for the young talented singer Salime Atalar. Her first performance at The Soulist was during the Friends Across Borders Festival on 29th September when she was part of the Young Stage. Now again she performed on the Soulist stage supporting the Christmas Market with her own programme.
The atmosphere was well prepared by the Kyrenia Chamber Choir, dark outside, the Christmas market with its coloured lights now determined the mood and in the Soulist only the piano and microphone were on the stage and then Salime took her place at the piano.
A Turk and a German united in music at The Soulist, Alsancak
By CyprusScene ON MAY 9, 2019
The Soulist Coffee and Music House in Alsancak has become a very popular venue for those people who enjoy live music, including blues, rock, reggae, jazz and classical.
Alper Cengiz opened the Soulist in January 2017. He and Roland Eyerich became friends and together they have since been promoting live music at the Soulist to an ever increasing audience.
CyprusScene recognise and appreciate the dedicated work of these two people and have been pleased to present them with the CyprusScene award.
Friends Across Borders at the Soulist with Roland Eyerich DJ, Promoter
Roland Eyerich is from Koblenz in Germany and was an officer at the Federal Ministry of Defence. He has been visiting the TRNC with his wife for a number of years to stay at their home in Lapta now.
Following his retirement and after much travelling, in particular to Scotland, which he loves, he studied social science and now tries to help and support younger generations develop skills and create for themselves a better future.
Since 1st of January 2017 there is a the radio now on Bayrak International in the German language presented by Roland Eyerich every Sunday evening from 10pm to 11pm called the "Blues & Rock Show with Roland". It`s an international Radio Show.
One of Roland's passions is music through which he says "it`s not only a show for German people as my intention is to bring people together without regard of nationality, colour, religion or language. Music is one of the instruments for making people happy and peaceful. The Radioshow is not enough so he organises Bands and Musicians for the premier live venue in North Cyprus called „The Soulist Coffee & Music House“ in Alsancak/Karavas.
The Soulist “Friends Across Borders” apply for Stelios Award 2019
By CyprusScene ON JUNE 25, 2019
The project Friends Across Borders applied for the Stelios Award 2019 with the highlight of the FAB Festival from 27th to 29th September at the Soulist in Alsancak/Karavas in aid of “Help Those with Cancer Association (TULIPS)“.
“Friends Across Borders (FAB)“ – For the second time musicians from both sides of Cyprus will be coming together on one stage in North Cyprus, following the invitation of the founder of this project, Roland Eyerich (German Blues & Rock DJ from Bayrak International).
The motive for Roland is his former education as a social worker and social pedagogue that he is committed to the Ethos of Social Work to overcoming borders and building bridges against fears and breaking down prejudices in the divided Island of Cyprus with music.
The Soulist “Friends Across Borders” (FAB) line-up and times
By CyprusScene ON SEPTEMBER 17, 2019
There is less than 2 weeks to go for this 3-day festival presented by Alper Cengiz and Roland Eyerich at The Soulist which is in aid of Tulips (Help Those with Cancer Association).
The 2nd “Friends Across Borders” in aid of Tulips (Help Those with Cancer Association) is being held 27th to 29th September at The Soulist Coffee and Music House, Alsancak.
There will be 8 Bands on Friday and Saturday. Jazz, Young Stage and Classical performances on Sunday. FAB will be presenting also in cooperation with RockCyprus.
The “Friends Across Borders” (FAB) project is a social cultural project which will bring together musicians from both sides of this divided island on one stage in the North.
The Soulist “Friends Across Borders”(FAB) 3-day Music Festival.
By CyprusScene ON OCTOBER 4, 2019
There were 50 Musicians from both sides of Cyprus following the invitation to celebrate the project “FAB“ – Friends Across Borders, with a 3 day Festival of Music with the Motto/Theme “Music and Cancer have no boundaries“.
FAB “Friends Across Borders” Vol 2, held in North Cyprus, was a big success at the Soulist Coffee and Music House in Alsancak.
This was the first time as a 3-day Festival, from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th of September and it will become one of the Events of the Year in North Cyprus.
The aim with the two objectives of bringing Friends Across Borders with music together on one stage in North Cyprus and to generate good proceeds for “Tulips – Help Those with Cancer Association” has been reached. What a festival.
Musicians/festival visitors donation for TULIPS 12,504TL.
FAB donation to Tulips (Help Those with Cancer Association)
By CyprusScene ON OCTOBER 17, 2019
On Tuesday 8th October, the President of Tulips (Help Those with Cancer Association), Raziye Kocaismail, visited the Soulist Coffee and Music House in Alsancak, where she was presented with the amount of 12,504TL.
This amount was raised at the 3-day music festival “Friends Across Borders” (FAB) held at the Soulist on 27th to 29th September, where there was music from many bands from both north and south Cyprus and other countries, and also included jazz, young stage and classical music.
The event, which was the second annual festival of its kind, was well attended on all three days and was a great musical success for the organisers, Alper Cengiz and Roland Eyerich, and also as a fundraising event for Tulips.
FRIENDS ACROSS BORDERS
27 SEP 2019 - 29 SEP 2019
BY THE BREATH LIST ON SEPTEMBER 6, 2019
For the second time The Soulist – Coffee and Music House is hosting a 3-day Music Festival Friends Across Borders (FAB) from 27th to 29th of September 2019. Musicians from both sides of Cyprus will come together on one stage in aid of Help Those with Cancer Association TULIPS. All proceeds of the charity tickets will be donated to the association. The theme of this festival is “Cancer and Music have no Boundaries“.
High quality Blues, Blues-Rock, Rock, Reggae, Jazz and Classic Live Music will be the main focus throughout the weekend.
Friday 27th, the day for Blues-Rock and Rock.
Saturday 28th with a mixed program of different music genres.
Sunday 29th Jazz and Classical music.
“Friends Across Borders (FAB)“ was founded by Roland Eyerich (German Blues & Rock DJ from Bayrak International) and musician Alper Cengiz (The Soulist Coffee and Music House).
Classical concert at The Soulist Coffee and Music House, Alsancak
By CyprusScene ON NOVEMBER 26, 2018
I have been unable to attend the previous classical concerts at The Soulist so was delighted to be able to go along with my sister to the concert which took place on Sunday 25th November.
What a wonderful concert it was, with a first class performance by Mehmet Sakarya (Flute) and Atakan Sari (Piano), who enthralled the 80+ audience with their music.
The concert was organised by Roland Eyerich and Alper Cengiz (owner of the Soulist) and as Roland has written his own review of the evening, I have decided to keep mine short and also reproduce his review of the concert, which is shown below.
The Soulist has recognised the need to offer music of every description and as well as their normal Blues, Rock etc. events they are now including music for those who enjoy classical music as well, a great initiative.
The Great Flood at The Soulist, Alsancak, Review
By CyprusScene ON DECEMBER 20, 2018
In mid-December the band “The Great Flood” a local Blues & Rock n Roll Band was once again the guests in Alsancak in the “Small Music Hall” to present their show.
The Soulist Coffee & Music House has set itself the task of giving local artists a stage with live music events to perform their music.
After their album release “So Far So Good” in August, they presented a new program with a mix of well-known Blues, Blues/Rock, RocknRoll and rock numbers. There was a small highlight in the second set, where a female singer who is a music student of Kaan Batural (Frontman of The Great Flood) gave a performance.
The framework for their music is the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Robben Ford, Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa. It’s always a pleasure to experience this 3-piece band with the Brothers Batural, Kaan Batural (Guitar + Vocal) and Altan Batural (Bass + Harmonica) and drummer Ulaş Öğüç live. “Force and Power” describes the performance always but especially this night ….
The Soulist, Alsancak, Classical Concert “Musical Moments”
By CyprusScene ON FEBRUARY 1, 2019
What a lovely classical concert hosted by The Soulist Coffee and Music House in Alsancak on Sunday 27th January, which was again a full house.
As with previous classical concerts, there were many comments from those attending of how refreshing it was to have something different for those who enjoy classical music.
The audience was entertained by Katie Economidou – Mezzo Soprano, Zara Barkhoudarian – Soprano and Piano, Heran Mirillo – Flute and outstanding performances by young artists Peri Sualp and Edgar Evoyan. Zara accompanied all of the artists on piano during the evening.
The evening started with Katie Economidou singing several lovely pieces which were then followed by Heran Mirillo with her flute, again wonderful music.
Both were accompanied by Zara Barkhoudarian who then gave her own solo performance with voice and piano.
The Soulist Coffee and Music House, Blind Man’s Tale review
By CyprusScene ON NOVEMBER 22, 2018
The “Friends Across Borders” Concert Series with Musicians from both sides of Cyprus continues in THE SOULIST Coffee & Music House Alsancak/Karavas with Blind Man’s Tale.
On Saturday 17th November the spectacular Cyprus Rock band “BMT“ (Blind Man’s Tale) rocked the Soulist stage… Great that once again Blind Man’s Tale was able to commit to a gig in the Soulist.
Unfortunately they could not attend the first “Friends Across Borders Alsancak Concert” on the 28th of September and had to cancel their participation at short notice …. but this Friends Across Borders project was important for them and they wanted to catch up with their performance as soon as possible.
The peaceful co-existence of Greek and Turkish Cypriots is very close to their hearts and in this case they won the “Stelios BI-Communal Cyprus Awards” this year.
Classical Concert on Christmas Day at “The Soulist” (Alsancak)
By CyprusScene ON DECEMBER 29, 2017
On December 25th there was the premiere of a classical concert at “The Soulist” Coffee and Music House in Alsancak. This was an experiment, having not tried this type of performance previously, and it was a complete success with a full house.
The organisers – Roland Eyerich and Alper Cengiz (The Soulist) succeeded in signing two top-class musicians for this evening. Baritone Ahmet Zeyin and pianist Atakan Sari. The two musicians played in front of a sold-out house. Unusually this special atmosphere was for the first-time in the “small music hall” of Alsancak. It was like magic that the classic duo Ahmet and Atakan gave to the audience. The selected program was classical arias, arias antique and Neapolitan songs.
Several times there were calls of “Bravissimo” and “Bravo”. It was a magical evening that surrounded the listeners and musicians alike. Whether Caldara, Gluck, Montverdi, Scarlatti, Donizetti, Mozart or Handel (just to name a few). The wonderful baritone voice of Ahmet Zeyin with Atakan Sari on the piano, laid the foundation stone for this great performance.
“Soul Stuff” at The Soulist in Alsancak, Review
By CyprusScene ON JUNE 17, 2017
On Friday, June 9th, for the third time, the hip Soul and Rock`n`Roll band with Horns “SOUL STUFF” from Istanbul performed at “The Soulist” (Alsancak) as special guest.
It was an energetic show with an exploding frontman, Alper Cengiz, on stage.
Coming from the traditional ”Hayal Kahvesi” from the young Heart of the city Istanbul “Beyoğlu”. For over 25 years they played there until this traditional club closed in May of this year. Perhaps they have now found a new home?
The six-man band formed a special sound for unforgettable Soul, Funk and Rock`n´Roll classics.
The arrangements for the songs worked out very well. The Rock’n’roll band and the horn section harmonized excellently. You are listening to a band in which all band members legitimately enjoy what they do and the audience at this performance was spellbound. Often the band had long applause. The band played 2 sets of about 2½ hours.
The Soulist in Alsancak, great performance by FAKE
By CyprusScene ON NOVEMBER 6, 2018
There was a crowded House for FAKE, the hip BritPop/Indie and Rock band who were guests at The Soulist Coffee and Music House in Alsancak.
The November events at The Soulist started last weekend on November 2nd with an outstanding concert by FAKE from Istanbul.
Whenever FAKE appear, they present their music with high quality standards.
FAKE were performing for the 5th time in the Soulist and convinced the audience again with their program.
Outstanding Sükrü Kazaz on drums, with unbelievable Cem Çakır on Vocals + Guitar and a brilliant Tansu Kizilirmak on bass + vocals celebrated a special performance.
FAKE has now developed a fan base in Northern Cyprus and again there was a specially arranged program for them. Right after the first song they had a packed audience.