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.
Elements of Contemporary Music Reflected in Jazz
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.
Comparative Analysis of Turkish Classical Music Forms and Jazz Composition Forms
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.
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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.