I have seen the future of free jazz (to paraphrase rock critic Jon Landau) and it's name is KonstruKt. Born in Turkey, but cross-fertilized by a global phenomenon of visiting jazz bees: Peter Brotzmann, Joe McPhee, Evan Parker, and Marshall Allen who perform and pollinate the flowering creative music scene. This quartet of saxophonist Korhan Futaci, guitartist Umut Çaglar, bassist Özün Usta, and drummer Korhan Argüden have released strong and consistently inventive music for the past ten years. Their previous 4-LP Turkish Free Music (Sagittarius A-Star Records, 2013) was an ambitious outing that included an intimate trio LP, ...read more
When we think of the term virus," we equate it with human disease or an infection, as in a computer virus. But consider the musical virus known as free jazz, or improvisation. Its origins can be traced back to a Louis Armstrong solo deviating from his brass band's arrangement. Quickly, his extemporizing blossomed into jazz music and gave birth to creative soloists. Fast forward 50 years, and free jazz players created whole pieces of music spontaneously. Ornette Coleman, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Cecil Taylor, and Anthony Braxton spread the free jazz virus to the British Isles and Europe--Peter Brotzmann ...read more
The Turkish free jazz outfit KonstruKt might be considered the most evolved improvisational band working in jazz today. Founded, not in the hotbeds of jazz, London, New York, Chicago, Wuppertal, or Krakow, their isolation is the key to their success. Well, isolation and observation. Although this band was formed in 2008, their free jazz ears date back to the 1960s. The band has absorbed the lessons of John Coltrane's Interstellar Space (Impulse!, 1967), Peter Brötzmann's Machine Gun (FMP, 1968), and more recent works by Ivo Perelman, William Parker, and Joe McPhee. This live disc ...read more
The Akbank Jazz Festival, which is held annually across several venues in Istanbul, Turkey, gives local acts the opportunity to play with international musicians. The venue lures some big names, with the Sun Ra Arkestra, John Surman, the Count Basie Orchestra and Evan Parker among those who have performed in the past. konstruKt performed with Peter Brötzmann in 2008 and with Bik, Bent and Braam the following year. They wanted to play with Parker. who agreed to their request. and joined them in what turned out to be a rousing encounter, documented on Live at Akbank Jazz Festivalc.The ...read more
Free jazz from Turkey is more than a catchphrase when it comes to konstruKt. It is an ideal, an approach, a symbiosis of creativity and sound that evolves and blooms. The group brings an incredible level of energy and process into its music in lucid and inventive formations. konstuKt with Marshall Allen, Hüseyin Ertunç and Barlas Tan ÖzemekVibrations Of The Dayre:konstruKt2010 The seed for konstruKt was sown in guitarist Umut Çağlar's studio, when he, drummer Korhan Argüden, percussionist Özün Usta and saxophonist Korhan Futaci found that they were ...read more
Freedom is sweeping the globe. Maybe not in terms of political discourse, business or education, but maybe more importantly, musically. In places like Beirut and Istanbul, the free jazz scene is very much alive. The band konstruKt, made up of guitarist Umut Çağlar, saxophonist Korhan Futaci, drummer Korhan Argüden and percussionist Özün Usta has been garnering attention not only at home in Turkey but in European improvised music circles. They have performed with the likes of British free jazz saxophonist Evan Parker, Dutch pianist Michiel Braam's Bik Bent Baam, Swiss saxophonist Jürg Solothurnmann and recently saxophonists Peter Brötzmann and Marshall ...read more
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