What genre of music do you perform?
I play music mainly associated with the “Jazz” genre, which is really a process of making music. I like to think there is only one “Music” but there are many different ways to approach it. This way of thinking helps me to keep things in perspective and be open minded.
When did you start performing?
I played mandolin, recorder, and sang when I was in elementary school, which led to an audition for the “Ankara State Opera Childrens Choir”. I spent 3 years there. It was a great time! We learned about music and had the opportunity to perform regularly even in big productions like ”La Boheme” etc. Then I picked up the guitar as a teenager after experiencing a rock concert and that was it for me.
What city and state are you based out of?
I am originally from Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, and currently live in Hartford, CT, mainly performing in New England and New York.
What about playing music makes you happy?
Everything about it. Music is like a great friend you can grow with. It helps you to learn about yourself and also communicate with others when words are not sufficient. Especially when you write music, everything you encounter in life sort of integrates with it. It’s a world made from sounds, a place where virtually anything is possible. And it’s a fun place to be.
What are your hopes for your future in live music?
On the long term keep performing and writing music and hopefully keep getting better at it. This year I am planning to record my second album. I’ve been busy with working on the new material and excited to bring it to the light soon.
What other acts/musicians do you regularly play with?
I mainly play with the “Sinan Bakir Trio” and over the years I had the chance to play with many great musicians.
What has been your favorite performance so far?
Wherever I am playing at the moment is my favorite performance. I like playing a concert in a small intimate room as much as playing at a jazz festival for hundreds of people. The best performances are the ones where we were able to move people and bring them to a journey with us.
Who are some of your favorite musicians?
I listen to and enjoy a number of people from past and present. It’s really a big list, but if I have to choose one it would be John Coltrane for many reasons.
What is your favorite instrument to play? Why?
Definitely guitar. It’s still exciting to me, like the first time I got my hands on one, and brings out so many possibilities. It’s humbling, requires a great deal of discipline, but is also a lot of fun.
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