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American Frederick Thomas: 'The Black Russian' Who Connected Jazz To The Margins Of Asia

Read "American Frederick Thomas: 'The Black Russian' Who Connected Jazz To The Margins Of Asia" reviewed by Arthur R George

The child of former slaves, Frederick Bruce Thomas' New York Times obituary called him “the sultan of jazz," for the jazz palace he founded in Constantinople (now jny: Istanbul) after World War I, a jazz borderland beyond even the music's early jny: Paris outpost. He was hosting bands in Constantinople in 1921 even before Louis Armstrong ...

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Hoca Nasreddin

Hoca Nasreddin: Serkan Şener (kaval) Nikolai Galen (voice) Robert Reigle (tenor saxophone) We see ourselves as musical nomads, spurred on by a wanderlust which makes us restless in familiar fields. The same spirit which holds that musical conventions need to be challenged and reinvented - out of which a different kind of music might emerge, one unfettered by predictability yet rich in musicality, one which resonates in the now. Our emphasis is on improvising with timbre, with texture, with the complexity, colour and nature of sound itself. Making working with timbre as essential to a modern notion of musicality as rhythm, melody and harmony


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


Zeki Çağlar Namlı

Zeki Çağlar Namlı was born in 1981 in Trabzon. Having started music when he was 8 years old, Namlı switched to bağlama when he was 14. Although he didn't receive an intensive bağlama education, he was able to play traditional and new techniques very skillfully in an unusual way. In the same year, he started State Turkish Music Conservatory. In these years he rediscovered and redefined bağlama. This discovery led to a new music style, which ranges from jazz to world music in addition to a new tone color and technique. According to Namlı, the music was a unified whole

Natalia Mann

Natalia Mann is known for her contemporary style of harp playing. She works internationally as performer, composer, collaborator and recording artist in a diversity of genres. Mann was born in New Zealand in 1975, of Samoan/Anglo-Celtic descent. She began studying classical music at the age of four when her family lived in Los Angeles, her primary instruments being harp and piano. She continued her studies in New Zealand eventually to rank among the top harpists in the country, playing for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, new music ensembles, opera, ballet and theatre. Curiosity led her to explore other forms of music, and she realised her passion for improvisation


Kerem Gorsev

Kerem Görsev began his adventure in music at the age of 6 when he started studying piano at the classical music conservatory in Istanbul. He continued his musical education at the Istanbul State Conservatory for twelve years until he started to play jazz. His first admiration was for Parker and Miles. After this, he has always liked bop and bebop music. This influence has been persistent throughout his professional life. Kerem Görsev never fails to mention how good he feels when listening to Bill Evans. In the early years of his career, he has performed at the various clubs in Istanbul both with Turkish and foreign musicians


Telvin Erkan Oğur: Guitar Turgut Alp Bekoğlu: Drums İlkin Deniz: Bass Anatolia is a geography that has been home to Ancient Greek, Roman, Turkish, Kurdish, Armenian, Persian and Arab cultures, philosophies and religions since the beginning of time. This has created a unique and diverse atmosphere that served as a great source of inspiration for artists in this region. The sounds of Anatolia reflect the diversity and the perfect harmony of this coexistence. Erkan Ogur’s Anatolian Blues Project Telvin is a band that places a mixture of Anatolian ethnic folk music and themes at the heart of its sound


Ozan Musluoglu

Born in Germany, Ozan Musluoglu started playing bass guitar at the age of sixteen. He graduated from the Music Department at Bilgi University in Istanbul. During his studies he has participated in many workshops with well known bass players like Marc Johnson, David Friesen, Dominique Lemerle and Robert Balzar. For many years he was bassist of the successful band Athena, with whom he recorded albums and toured both nationally and internationally. The band represented Turkey in the 2004 eurovision Song Contest where they placed fourth. Ozan Musluoğlu enthusiastically released his first album “Coincidence” under the Recbyjazz label in February 2009. On the same year Ozan finished recording his second album “40th Day” consisting of his original compositions


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