New generation contemporary jazz flutist!
Sarpay Özçağatay was born in Ankara, Turkey. He is a talented flutist, EWI player, award
winner, Miyazawa Flutes artists, composer, performer, educator and a band leader has
performed with many musicians and legends such as Ron Carter, George Garzone, Terri
Lyne Carrington, Greg Osby, Steve Turre, Kevin Eubanks, Ed Tomassi, Eric Gould and more.
He has performed many shows including 12th International Ankara Jazz Festival,Istanbul
Jazz Festival, 7th Eskisehir Jazz festival and many private shows with his band in Turkey.
His bachelor degree is on classical flute performance from Hacettepe University State
Conservatory. He also studied at the prestigious Beklee College of Music in a major of jazz
performance as a full scholarship student. During his education at the college he was
awarded Winner of Billboard Magazine Award of 11’ - 12’ through Berklee Colege of Music
and he graduated in 2012 along with one of the highest GPA’s.
After his graduation he moved to New York City to pursue his musical career and he
released his debut album “Unexpectable” on March, 2013. Unexpectable stands out as a
ground breaking contemporary jazz flute achievement complemented by a full band
experiment exploring the flute’s full potential in the language of jazz and groove in
Sarpay is also endorsed by cutting-edge instrument microphone company Applied
Microphone Technology. He uses AMT Z1 model. He is a studio musician as well and he
has been being a side man in many recordings.
He has been performing his music at various well known jazz venues as well as performing
with musicians from all over the world in the great New York City area.