Bau International Berlin jazz certificate programe faculty will be selected from the current roster of Bahçeşehir University Jazz Academy located in Berlin and also host visiting scholars from Europe, Turkey and USA to hold masterclasses.
A graduate of Boğaziçi University undergraduate and masters degree in political science, Pekiner started her studies on music and classical singing during high school and university years under Prof.Dr. Yıldız Dağdelen. In the following years she took part in ”Boğaziçi University Classical Music Choir” and ”Ladies and Gentlemen Musical Choir” as soloist and also as choir member. Yeşim started singing jazz and studied with leading vocal masters in Turkey such as Sibel Köse and Randy Esen. She participated in workshops held by Sheila Jordan, Barry Harris, Amy London, Judy Niemack, Kevin Mahogany and Allan Harris. Recently she got 3 years certificates from Barry Harris Masterclasses in Rome and New School Summer Jazz program. She’s been an active performer in the recent years, being on the stages of best venues of Istanbul. The band has a repertoire of songs ranging from jazz standards to Brazilian music, from funk to French music. Yesim’s colorful and lively voice extends from lower to higher tunes expressing her “joie de vivre” in swing, cha cha and samba as well as softness and romance in ballad and bossa songs. As one of the founding members of Bahçeşehir University jazz programs, Yeşim has been directing Bahçeşehir University Jazz Academy masters in jazz performance and composition recently opened under Bahçeşehir University Jazz Academy in collaboration with audio engineering masters program. She gave the Jazz Academy opening concert in Hollywood together with Baki Duyarlar and leading musicians from Los Angeles as the guest of Turkish Consulate General in Los Angeles. She has also been giving courses in vocal technique and jazz repertoire within historical style analysis. Yeşim Pekiner has been awarded Leader Woman Award in Arts by Turkish University Women Foundation for her contributions to jazz education in Turkey.
Achim Kaufmann lived in Amsterdam from 1996 to 2009 and now resides in Berlin.
Since the late 90s, he has been collaborating with reedist Michael Moore in various groups (trio kamosc, gueuledeloup quartet, duo Kaufmann/Moore). Another long-standing group is his improvising trio with Frank Gratkowski and Wilbert de Joode which has recently been extended by Richard Barrett, Okkyung Lee, and Tony Buck to form the sextet SKEIN. With Christian Lillinger and Robert Landfermann, he founded the piano trio grünen which has released two discs on the Clean Feed label so far. Besides, he has performed and/or recorded with Jim Black (Trio kyrill), Axel Dörner, Okkyung Lee, Mark Dresser, Shelley Hirsch, Fay Victor, Han Bennink, Paul Lovens, George Lewis, Roger Turner, and many more. He writes music, primarily for his own groups, but also for chamber ensembles such as the Vancouver-based Standing Wave ensemble. In 2015, he received the prestigious Albert Mangelsdorff award in Germany.
Alper Maral is a composer and musicologist focusing rather on literal and political connotations in music. He has teaching and administrative posts in several universities; either as a composer, performer or lecturer, he contributed numerous international events—festivals, conferences, etc., founded, co-founded and directed academic or artistic associations, including YTU Electronic Music Festival, Mediterranean Contemporary Music Days and Asian Composers’ Festival; got international commissions, prizes and residences. He is a composer mainly for stage and screen, focusing on rather smaller ensembles and electroacoustic environments. His music is published by AK Müzik, Müzik Hayvanı, Pan Yayıncılık, and WERGO labels, among others. Besides numerous scholarly publications particularly in social science, he has executive posts in some important international institutions: He was a member of ISCM executive committee, co-founder and vice-president of New Music Cooperative, delegate for ISCM and IAMIC Turkey, general secretary for Cultural Studies Foundation, a.o.
Baki Duyarlar, was born in 1967, Istanbul. After elementary school, he was enrolled as a fulltime student in Istanbul State Conservatory, Cello Department. He was the student of both Ahmet Saygun and Ilhan Usmanbaş in Mimar Sinan State Conservatory, Composition Department. In 1988, he went to Holland in the aim to study jazz music academically which was his passion since his early childhood and accepted to the Jazz Piano Departmet of Rotterdam State Conservatory. After graduating from Tilburg State Conservatory, Jazz Piano Department in 1993; for 5 years he worked as a lecturer in the music schools of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague. In 1997, he returned his home country Turkey and since than he participated in many international music projects and continued attending to leading jazz festivals and concerts organized by such countries as United States, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Omman, Kazakhistan, Portugal. In 2010, he released his first album Overseas where prominent musicians Kai Eckhardt on bass guitar, Sean Rickman on drums and Stanislav Mitrovic on saxophone accompanied Duyarlar. In second album released in 2011, Colors, Stanislav Mitrovic on saxophone, Eric Calmes on bass guitar and Enrique Firpi on drums accompanied him. His third, Kemenjazz, was recorded in 2012, whit collegues in Istanbul. In this album, Derya Turkan on kemence “3 stringed Turkish traditional instrument” Cem Aksel on drums, Erdal Akyol on Contrabass, Senova Ulker on trumpet Dilek Turkan and Azize on vocals accompanied Duyarlar. The album Kemenjazz was nominated in 2013 Turkey Music Awards among the best instrumental album category. He released his 4th album Time Of Spring in 2014, with Janek Gwizdala on bass guitar, Louie Palmer on drums and Justin Vasques on saxophone. Duyarlar continues his album and stage performances in Istanbul and gives concerts both in Turkey and abroad. In the meanwhile, as one of the founding members of Bahcesehir University Jazz School he gives the main courses of “Jazz Music Theory” and “Ensemble” He also conducts a big band, in educative base, called Istanbul Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Basak Yavuz is an Istanbul based vocalist, composer, arranger and educator. She started her career as an architect, but after winning the Nardis Jazz Vocal Competition in 2008 she decided to move to New York to study music. After a year of studying undergraduate level at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, she went to the prestigious Manhattan School of Music where she earned a Master of Music degree in 2012. She has performed her own music in Turkey, the United States, Canada and Europe. Her debut album “things” is released from Kalan Records which features jazz legends such as Dave Liebman and Peter Eldridge, along with other respected musicians. Basak teaches jazz voice and ensemble at Bahcesehir University and songwriting at Bilgi University in Istanbul. She also hosts two radio shows at Acik Radio, “Dunyanin Cazi (World’s Jazz)” and “Bi’ sarkim var! (I have a song!)”. Basak released her second album “a little red bug” from her new record label: things and records. She is a Grammy jury member since 2015.
Packed with creative stuff throughout.”
“This is truly very original music.”
Frank Gratkowski Alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, composition
Born in Hamburg, 1963. Started playing the saxophone at 16 and, following a period at the Hamburg Conservatory of music, moved in 1985 to study at the Cologne Conservatory of Music with Heiner Wiberny, graduating in 1990. Since 2008 he lives also in Berlin. Further studies with Charlie Mariano, Sal Nistico and Steve Lacy. Frank Gratkowski has been working as a soloist in various international formations (Grubenklang Orchester, Apartment House, Musikfabrik NRW, BikBentBraam, Zeitkratzer, WDR Orchestra, WDR Big band, Münchener Kammerorchester, etc.). Since 1990 he has been giving solo performances throughout Europe, Canada and USA. With his first solo program “Artikulationen”, he was a 1991 prizewinner in the Musik Kreativ contest. In 1995 he founded the “Frank Gratkowski Trio” with Dieter Manderscheid (Germany), bass, and Gerry Hemingway (USA), drums. In 2000 the trio has been extended to a quartet by Dutch trombonist Wolter Wierbos. Since 2003 also appearing as a Double Quartet plus Tobi Delius, Herb Robertson, Wilbert DeJoode and Michael Vatcher. In 2005 he got the SWR Jazzprize. 2001 the Trio Kaufmann / Gratkowski / DeJoode has been founded and from 2004 he has been co leading and composing for the James Joyce Orchestra which turned in 2008 into the Multiple Joy[ce] Orchestra. Since 2006 he’s working with the Trio Gratkowski / Brown / Winant which played in 2009 at the Donaueschinger Musiktage. He got commissions to compose for the ensemble “Apartment
House” from the “November Music“ (Den Bosch NL) and the “Huddersfield Comtemporary Music Fesitival” (England) in 2009 and for the Ensemble “Zeitkratzer” in 2015. . Since 2002 he is working with the Trio Kaufmann/Gratkowski/DeJodde, which released 5 CDs and one extended CD “SKEIN” Since 2008 he has been working with the ensemble “Fo[u]r Alto”, specialized in microtonal music for which he composed the first program. In 2014 he founded the more Rock influenced Band Zcountry Paradise which performed 2015 at the Moers Festival and in 2016 at JAZZ EM AGOSTO in Lisbon. Frank Gratkowski played on nearly every German and on numerous international Jazz and New Music Festivals including Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Quebec, Les Mans, Muelhuus, Groeningen, Nickelsdorf, Barcelona, Lithuania, Warsaw, Zagreb, Prague, Bratislava, Sofia, Bucharest, Odessa, Belgrad, Madrid, Göteborg, Huddersfield, London and Rome, Beirut, Taschkent, Tokyo. He has been teaching saxophone, ensemble and composition at the Cologne, Berlin and Arnhem Conservatory of Music and is giving workshops all around the world. Furthermore he has performed with Robert Dick, Phil Wachsmann, Radu Malfatti, Herb
Robertson, Marcio Mattos, Eugenio Colombo, Peter Kowald, Ray Anderson, Michael Moore, Ken Vandermark, Greg Osby, Kenny Wheeler, Louis Sclavis, John Betsch, Jane Ira Bloom, Connie and Hannes Bauer, Xu Fengxia, James Newton, Muhal Richard Abrams, John Lindberg, Michael Formaneck, Ernst Reijseger, Fred van Hove, Theo Jörgensmann, Phil Minton, Peter Brötzmann, Mark Dresser, Mark Feldman, Hamid Drake, Michiel Braam, Han Bennink, Zeena Parkins, Mal Waldron, Misha Mengelberg, Beat Furrer a.m.o.
His discography count’s more than 30 CDs under his own name and many others as sideman.
CDs (selection) More info and tour dates: http://www.gratkowski.com
Korhan Erel is a computer musician, improviser and sound designer based in Berlin. As a founding member of Islak Köpek, Turkey’s pioneer free improvisation group, he was a key player in Istanbul’s vibrant experimental music culture. His process of instrument design is based on live manipulations of field recordings, found sounds and electronic sounds using wireless controllers, resulting in instruments that create space around them for collaborators to participate. Korhan seeks new ways of integrating the computer as a conventional instrument in free improvisation and new music ensembles through his instrument Omnibus. Korhan also uses electronics in some of his projects. Korhan’s passion and inspiration also lie in creating sounds, textures, and music for visual work. Korhan’s sound design for theater, video and dance has been featured in festivals in Turkey and Europe. He designed sound for three theater pieces and has had collaborations with Vienna-based video artist Alexandra Reill and Sydney-based video artist Fabian Astore, with whom he has won the Australian Blake Prize in 2012. Korhan is one of the founders and curators of UnStumm, an improvised intercultural audiovisual project he co-curates with guitarist Nicola Hein. UnStumm has been performed in Germany, Hong Kong and Singapore. Korhan was three times artist-in-residence at STEIM in Amsterdam on sensors and instrument design. He was a guest composer at the Electronic Music Studios in Stockholm in 2011.
Korhan has released seven albums since 2009, as well as several online releases, with his ensemble Islak Köpek, David Rothenberg, Tom Soloveitzik, Kevin Davis, Mark Alban Lotz, Tolga Tüzün, Nikos Kyriazopoulos, Wilber de Joode, and Wolter Wierbos.
As an improviser and composer, his work has been broadcast and performed throughout Europe, Russia, North America and the Middle East. Korhan has played in the following festivals and venues: moers festival (D), Borusan Music House (TR), An Insolent Noise Festival (IT), Museum of Applied and Contemporary Art Vienna (Austria), Akbank Jazz Festival (Turkey), AMBER Festival (Turkey), KlangZeit Festival (Germany), Klub Katarakt Festival (Germany), TADAEX 2 (Iran), Frischzelle Festival (Germany) as well as numerous other venues and events. He played the Sound Trips concerts series in North Rhine-Westfalia in November 2012.
Marc Muellbauer London born, Berlin based Marc Muellbauer works both as a bass player and composer/band leader. To date, he has recorded six albums for ECM as a member of the Julia Hülsmann Trio the latest being „Sooner and Later“. Apart from writing for and playing with the trio, he composes and arranges for his nine-piece band Marc Muellbauer’s Kaleidoscope and the Wood and Steel Trio. He is also a versatile sideman, working in settings ranging from jazz bands like Lisbeth Quartett and Uli Kempendorff Quartett, electronic music with Moritz v. Oswald to studio and live work with songwriter Klaus Hoffmann. While Muellbauer’s background is in jazz and rock, he studied both classical double bass with Prof. Michael Wolf at Hochschule der Künste Berlin, and has postgrad degree in jazz from the same school, by then re-named University of the Arts Berlin. Muellbauer also worked for several years in the field of contemporary composed music with ensemble united berlin. Marc Muellbauer has been teaching bass and improvisation since 1998 at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler and at the Jazz Institute Berlin since its inception in 2005.
Moritz Baumgärtner had a classical drum training from the age of 9 in Basel (CH) and Drum lessons at Jazzschule Basel 2000. As from 2003 he had private Lessons in NYC p.E. with masters such as Clarence Penn, Jochen Rückert in 2005 – studying with John Hollenbeck, Jim Black, Jeff Ballard, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Greg Cohen at Jazz Institute Berlin from 2006 – 2011. Moritz played concerts with musicians like Greg Cohen, Kurt Rosenwinkel, David Friedmann, Perry Robinson, Achim Kaufmann, Johannes Enders, Emil Mangelsdorff, Ack van Rooyen, Julia Hülsmann, Theo Bleckmann, Hayden Chisholm… He played on several Jazz festivals p.E. Jazz Baltica, Moers Festival, Jazz by Off beat Basel (CH), Jazzfest Berlin, Jazzfestival Port au prince (Haiti), Langnau Jazz Nights (CH), Jazzfestival La Paz (Bolivia), Lugano Jazzfestival (CH), Jazzfestival Bergen (NO); Jazzfest Timisoara (RU), Jazz D’Or Berlin – Strasbourg… …and other Festivals like Sziget Festival (Hungary), Kazantip Festival (Ukrain), Rock am Ring, SXSW Austin (USA), Dour Festival (Belgium), Fusion Festival, Hurricane… Moritz is / was touring frequently with many different Bands and Projects all over Europe. (p.E Melt Trio, Lisbeth Quartett, Johanna Borchert, Philipp Gropper, Das Rosa Rauschen, Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, Bonaparte, Saroos). His music also took im to USA, Southamerica, China, Russia, Ukraine, Haiti, Norway, Rumania, Denmark, Sweden, UK, Ireland… You can find Moritz on over 30 different records as a jazzdrummer and improviser but also as a rockdrummer. Prizes / Scholarships: Jugend musiziert 1st Price (2000) Jugend jazzt Bundeswettbewerb 1st Price (2003) Jazzma Scholarship (2003) Yehudi Menuhin Scholarship (since 2010) Jazzpreis Baden Württemberg 2nd Price 2010 Jazz Echo „Best Newcomer 2012
Sebastian has an active performing career throughout Europe, North America and Australia including concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Berlin Philharmonic Hall and Montreux Jazz Festival. He can be heard on countless radio broadcasts as a bandleader, sideman and composer and he has recorded over 20 CDs. Sebastian has received numerous awards in various competitions including the Socar Montreux Jazz Electric Guitar Competition in 2015, the Best Composition Award at the Tremplin Jazz D’Avignon Festival 2012, and he is a two time ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award Recipient. Sebastian holds a Masters Degree in Jazz Guitar from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Guitar from the Mannheim University of Music.
Şevket Akıncı is a guitarist, composer and an improviser. Throughout his musical career he participated in diverse projects varying from jazz to avantgarde, from punk to Turkish Classical Music. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, he published his first album in 1996. This album is a collection of folk compositions. And to this day it still has a cult status. Then he went on a totally different direction and led his jazz-rock group “Lifeline” which performed his own compositions for five years. This group published two albums. And then in 2005 he co-founded the audio-visual project “Mugwump” with Korhan Erel. The same year, he became a member of what would be the longest-standing free improvisation group in Turkey: “Islak Köpek”. In 2010, he released a free jazz album called “Century”. He’s also a founding member of “Mutant”, a 7-guitar group which plays compositions of its members. His album which he recorded with the famous guitarist Eugene Chadbourne and other leading Turkish musicians from the free scene in Istanbul, “Dead Country” is released from Konnex Records in June 2010. Up to now he has produced and arranged for a number of artists. His most recent album is a solo concept album based on the works of the Dutch artist M.C Escher. Among artists that he’s played or recorded with we can name Anthony Coleman, Dave Bryant, Tristan Honsinger, Ernst Reijseger, Huun-Huur-Tuu, Frode Haltli, Mike Cooper, Audrey Chen, Tim Hodgkinson, Walter Wierbos, Wilbert DeJoode, Josep Maria Balanya, Le-Quan Ninh, Luc Ex, Mark O’Leary, Eugene Chadbourne, Richard Nunns, Kirstie Simson, Christian Asplund, Sussan Deyhim, Richard Horowitz, Ilia Belorukov. He has been a radio host since 2006 in a radio program on free jazz and free improvisation. He also composes for films, dance and theater.