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Burak Bedikyan

A native of Istanbul, Bedikyan became interested in Jazz during high school with the commitment and passion to pursue a career as a professional musician. Formal music education began in 1996 with distinguished Turkish pianist & composer Aydin Esen where studies included modern harmony and jazz improvisation. Bedikyan attended the "Marmara University Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences" in the same year. While studying improvisational music, Bedikyan began explanding his harmonic base playing pop and rock gigs accompanying some of the leading popular figures of Turkey. In 2002 Burak Bedikyan received a full merit-based scholarship of music performance from the "Istanbul Bilgi University Jazz Department" where he had the opportunity to study with esteemed musicians such as Donovan Mixon, Ricky Ford, Can Kozlu, Ali Perret, Tuna Otenel, and Imer Demirer

Istanbul Junction

Label: Steeplechase Lookout
Released: 2020
Track listing: Particles; Moods; Toprak; Aquarian; Valentine; Reminiscence; Innerview (for Ayse); L'ombre Lumineuse (Dedicated To Olivier Messiaen); Postlude.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Burak Bedikyan: Istanbul Junction

Read "Istanbul Junction" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Istanbul-born and New York-based pianist Burak Bedikyan is an inventive composer and intelligent improviser with a subtle touch. His fifth release, the intimate and cinematic Istanbul Junction, showcases his talents fully as he leads a new band through nine of his captivating originals. The album's overall ambience is dramatic and darkly-hued, and the various ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Focus on Mario Pavone & More

Read "A Focus on Mario Pavone & More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week a focus on master bassist Mario Pavone who, after a life of partnerships with the likes of Paul Bley, Bill Dixon, Thomas Chapin, Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Marty Ehrlich and others of similar status, has come to the fore in recent years with his own releases as leader. In addition a selection of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Burak Bedikyan: New Beginning

Read "New Beginning" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On his fourth release as a leader, the thoughtful and captivating New Beginning, pianist Burak Bedikyan has matured both as a composer and improviser. The album is Bedikyan's first with a trio and consists mostly, although not entirely, of original material. The cadence and the melody within each piece transform in delightfully surprising ways while maintaining ...

New Beginning

Label: SteepleChase Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: No Complaints; Surya; Interlude; Epilogue; Ayça; Prelude; Rue Dauphin; Leo; Blues Me Up; Things We Are; Stella By Starlight; Magic Carpet.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Malta Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Malta Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Malta Jazz Festival 2017 La Valletta -Malta Varie Sedi 20-22.07.2017 Giunto alla 27ma edizione, il Malta Jazz Festival è uno dei più longevi appuntamenti europei di musica afro-americana, particolarmente suggestivo per il connubio tra la bellezza dei luoghi e l'alto livello di programmazione. Anche quest'anno le scelte del direttore artistico ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Burak Bedikyan: Awakening

Read "Awakening" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On his third release as a leader, Istanbul based pianist, Burak Bedikyan seamlessly blends his dual education in western classical and jazz and his national/ethnic heritage into an intriguing and cohesive album. Awakening comprises of nine Bedikyan originals that are elegantly crafted balancing intricate harmonies with deceptively effortless fluidity. The gently rolling refrains on ...

Awakening

Label: Steeplechase Lookout
Released: 2016
Track listing: Idée Fixe; Mother Earth; All Alone; Unfair Blues; Awakening; Memory Of A Fading Dream; Ad Infinitum; Do Not Fear; The All Seeing Eye.


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