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Güç Başar Gülle

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Born in 1977, Gülle is the leading Turkish artist of his generation who attracted the attention of art critics and music lovers with his innovative music language. Gulle’s unique style derives from his comprehensive knowledge of Ottoman-Turkish music, Jazz and Contemporary music. Güç Başar Gülle earned his master’s degree from İstanbul Technical University Turkish Conservatory of Turkish Music in 2004, after completing his undergraduate studies in Boğaziçi University Philosophy department. Gulle pursued his studies at Berklee College of Music in 2004 and completed four years Jazz Composition Department’s program within two years

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Article: From Far and Wide

Out of the Roma Villages of Turkey, Clarinet Reigns Beyond Its Traditions

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The clarinet, foundational for jazz from Sidney Bechet unto Eric Dolphy, remains in strong use in the indigenous Roma music of the eastern Mediterranean. Elsewhere in the world clarinet generally has been moved aside by saxophone's bigger sound. But in the Balkans, Greece, and Turkey, clarinet provides jazz shadings to traditional music, speaks a range of ...

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

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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

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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

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Burak Kaya

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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

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Kaan Metin

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Zeki Çağlar Namlı

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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

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Bilal Karaman

Since Bilal Karaman was eleven years old, he put the guitar at the center of his life and he became one of the pioneering jazz guitarists in Turkey. Over the years, Bilal Karaman has done a lot of collaboration with international musicians and played together, such as Marcus Miller, Lars Danielson, Ricky Ford , Aydın Esen, Harvie S, Zakir Hussain, Fernando Paiva, Mike Moreno, Pierre Blanchard , Gustav Lundgren, Jarrod Cagwin and Dianne Reeves . 2009 Istanbul Nardis jazz guitar competition first prize winner guitarist has formed different repertoire & formats for stage. Since his debut album ‘Bahane’, 2011

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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

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Kerem Gorsev

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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


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