29 Ekim Ptesi / Oct. 2018 Mo (21:30-00:30) – scroll down for English
Önder Focan (g), Ozan Musluoğlu (b), Burak Cihangirli (d).
Usta Önder Focan’ın özel projelerinden birini dinlyeceksiniz. Bu gece TRT Caz Orkestrasının bascısı Ozan Musluoğlu ve davulcu Burak Cihangirli ile birlikte standartlardan oluşan bir repertuarla sizlerle olacaklar.
Giriş: 40 TL, Öğrenci: 25 TL
The trio of jazz guitar, bass and drums has been an interesting ensemble in jazz world providing orchestral textures, interplay and a lot of freedom for the players at the same time.
Jazz guitarist Önder Focan almost a year ago joined forces with 2 young players who attracted a lot of appreciation recently, bass player Enver Muhamedi and drummer Burak Cihangirli. The repertoire of the trio were carefully chosen and arranged for the trio format and composed of originals by Önder Focan, jazz standards and jazz arrangements of Turkish music. The audiences definitely enjoy the choice of the tunes, tight trio playing and the great command on the instruments of each individual player.
ÖNDER FOCAN (guitar)
Önder Focan started music by playing mandolin at the age of 8. He switched to guitar at 15 and concentrated on jazz in 1975. Being mainly self- taught, he has become a jazz musician most sought after as a guitarist, player, composer arranger and lyrics writer. In 1986, he got married to Zuhal Focan with whom he founded Nardis Jazz Club in 2002.
Focan improved his skills in music and teaching by attending seminars by IAJE (International Association for Jazz Musicians). From 1996 to 1999, he conducted Jazz Ensemble courses at the Istanbul Academy. In 1997, he performed in the Guitar Night that was organized by MIDEM (Marché International du Disque et de l’Edition Musicale) with 11 international guitarists representing Istanbul Culture and Arts Fund (IKSV).
Between the years of 2001 and 2005, he taught harmony classes at Mujdat Gezen Art Centre where he was elected as the best artist in Western Music in 2000. At Yildiz Technical University, he lectured “Jazz Styles in Analysis” in 2003-2004 and also “Jazz Guitar” in 2006-2007.
Since 2002, he has been the art director of Nardis Jazz Club, where he organizes concerts for more than 315 musicians and accompanies them on stage every year. Some of these musicians are Benny Golson, Kurt Elling, Dianne Reeves, Al Foster, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roy Haynes, Tierney Sutton, Kenny Drew Jr, Roseanne Vitro, Christian Mc Bride, Roy Hargrove, Ron Carter and majority of top local musicians.
Always valuing and recognizing social responsibility projects, Focan has directed and the coordinated IPMN (Istanbul – Pori Music Networking). This project supported jazz education, enabling young musicians to have experience on stage in both cities, Istanbul and Pori.
He has released 15 CD’s. In 1998, featuring the great drummer Bill Stewart and Hammond B3 player Sam Yahel, his album “Beneath The Stars” honored him as the first Turkish Jazz musician to have released an album on Blue Note label.
He has participated in 94 Festivals, while 43 have taken place in various cities in Turkey, the other 51 have been in other countries such as the USA, France, Germany, france, China, Malta, Italy, Brazil, Senegal, Finland, Australia, Jordan, Hungary, Switzerland, Croatia, Serbia, Cameroun, Estonia and many others.
Önder Focan uses and endorses Godin and Peerless Guitars, also AER alpha amps.
For any further information about Onder Focan’s discography and experience here is the link to his website:
OZAN MUSLUOĞLU (bass)
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. The musicians of this album released under Equinox Music Label-May 2011 are:
Jeremy Pelt, voted rising star on the trumpet 5 years in a row by Downbeat magazine; JD Allen on tenor saxophone, Danny Grissett on piano and Darrell Green on drums.
His third album “My Best Friends Are Piyanists” also released under Equinox Music 2012, featured the talents of twelve of Turkey’s most renowned jazz pianists.
His fourth album “My Best Friends Are Vocalists” also released under Sony Music 2015, featured the talents of thirteen of Turkey’s most renowned vocalists.
He also produced a weekly jazz radio program called “Jazz Hour” on the TRT National Radio channel every week. (2009-2017)
In addition to a very busy gigging schedule, Ozan Musluoglu is the full time bass player for the TRT (Turkish National Television) Jazz Orchestra, conducted by one of Turkey’s most respected and seasoned musicians, guitarist, clarinetist and composer Kamil Özler.
BURAK CIHANGIRLI (drums)
Burak came across with music at a very young age with the help of his father, who is also a drummer and who gave Burak his first lessons. Later burak took the basic fundamentals from Turgay Gülaydın for 3 years and
started getting along with jazz. he enrolled Bahcesehir University Jazz Certificate Programme and became a pupil of the well-known local jazz musicians Cengiz Baysal, Ferit Odman, Sevket Akinci and Sibel Köse, which creates a space for him to be a part of the jazz scenes after one year. he gave drum lessons with the help of the Joker Music Store in Istanbul for Koc University.
some of his talents in recordings/concerts are as follows:
– plays drums for the world music band “ELI” at the age of 20
– plays drums for the debut album of Baturay Yarkın Trio, “SU”
– issues his first solo single, entitled “DESTINY”
– plays drums for Nilufer Verdi in the 25th Anniversary of the Istanbul Jazz Festival in 2018
he has also just issued a new full album, entitled “END OF THE DREAMS”, and currently plays as a part of the Onder Focan Trio and the Nilufer Verdi Quartet
Music charge: 40 TL.