Born: October 19
”Intelligent” and “Inventive” and “Free-swinging” are some of the words that critics have used to describe pianist and composer Sila Cevikce Shaman's music. Born in Ankara, Turkey, she moved to USA in 1993 to study composition and jazz improvisation where her mentors included Jerry Bergonzi, Joanne Brackeen, Robert Helps and Chuck Owen. For the next decade she has written for, performed and recorded with many ensembles including Kim Bock Quartet, Spindle, Greenwich Blue, Dan McMillion Groovin’ High Big Band, Robin Hackett, SDS Trio, poet laureate Lawson Inada as well as her own quartet featuring Rich Perry and Ari Hoenig. In 2004, her debut album as a bandleader, A New Abode was released on SteepleChase Records. Selected as an Album of the Week pick by NPR's Jazz with Bob Parlocha, this recording has had extensive airplay in the US and Europe. She followed this with several releases from Louie Records and her own WaveEleven label including First Encounters (2009), At the End of the Day (2018) and First Time Again(2019) and They Come Out at Night (2021). Her latest duo album in collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Dave Storrs, Brief West Coast Tour was featured on the best releases of 2020 by Dan McClenaghan of All About Jazz.
For the last decade and a half, due to her interest in collaborative and visual applications of music, she has been composing and recording music for film, theater and multimedia
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She has the ability as a writer and soloist to connect the dots; many and many a dot it
What quickly becomes apparent is the depth, style, and articulation of her musical
ideas which have
influences from Wayne Shorter to Stravinsky.
Mark F. Turner/ All About Jazz