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Burak Kaya

Burak Kaya (1970) was born in Ankara, Turkey. He began playing classical guitar at age of 12. He played both classical guitar music and jazz standards seperately for a long period of time. Although he took some guitar and harmony lessons, he's mostly self-taught.

Kaya had a strong influence of world music, latin jazz and Anatolian traditional musics in his style. Instead of using amplified guitars he prefers to play nylon string classical guitar which creates an natural acoustic sound. He plays mostly in small groups such as jazz trios including double bass and percussions or duo instrument projects. After playing in several groups, he established “Çekirdek” with his friends and recorded an album named 'Siste Yürümek' in 1992.

In 2006, he recorded a duo album with Hakan Küçükçınar the bass player and vocalist at Çekirdek.

He was a writer and publisher of an online magazine Çalakalem since 2001. Some of his short stories published in several literary magazines in Turkey.

He arranged Anatolian folk songs for jazz quartet and recorded an album named Songs For Cango in 2013. The album is including 9 traditional songs and a requiem for Uludere Massacre. His latest album Climate Change was released in 2015.

He started learning and playing fretless guitar in 2014. He is teaching jazz guitar in Burak Kaya Jazz Guitar Academy since 2010.


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Classical Guitar, Jazz Guitar, Latin Jazz Guitar


Climate Change

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From: Climate Change
By Burak Kaya


From: Songs For Cango
By Burak Kaya


From: Climate Change
By Burak Kaya

Aman Avci

From: Songs For Cango
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Gezi Park

From: Climate Change
By Burak Kaya

Uludere Requiem

From: Songs For Cango
By Burak Kaya


From: Climate Change
By Burak Kaya


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