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Yasam Hancilar Band: Here’s to Life

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Turkish vocalist Yasam Hancilar sings like an engineer. That should come as no surprise as he studied engineering before beginning his education and career as a jazz singer. It might be safe to assume that Hancilar is equally left- and right-brained, an assumption supported by his recording of standards, Here's To Life. Hancilar is uniquely analytical and creative as a musician. Supported by an international piano trio, Hancilar arranges ten tried and true standards, challenging their composition, intent, time signature and tempo in an effort to transform them from the pedestrian into something special. Pianist Christian Pabst ...

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Yasam Hancilar Band: Here's To Life

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A singer from Istanbul, Turkey and student in the Jazz Vocal Department of the Amsterdam Conservatory, Yasam Hancilar realizes a dream with Here's To Life, his self-produced debut album as leader fronting an acoustic quartet of young, up and coming players. A passionate jazz enthusiast who favors the mainstream, straight ahead sound, Hancilar reprises the music of such icons as Irving Berlin, Cy Coleman, Oliver Nelson and Antonio Carlos Jobim among others, in compiling a repertoire of eight familiar standards and a couple of Brazilian favorites forging a compelling musical statement from a rising young vocalist with a determination to ...



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