Erkan Ogur / Anatolian Blues Project

[CONCERT]
18th March / 19:30
Rich Mix, Shoreditch

Ogur is, before all his credentials, an innovator. He’s mastered (invented) fretless guitar and his guitar stylings have, through his incredible understanding of blues, jazz and traditional Turkish music, become a popular nuance in Turkish pop music and beyond. Erkan is from a town in east Anatolia called Elazig where he learnt the cumbus as a child, a small lute like instrument and went onto perform at various weddings and dances.

A meeting with Robert ‘bluesman’ Johnson in Istanbul forever changed his world and soon after he journeyed to the US for two years returning in the mid ’80s. He’s released multiple albums and taken part in umpteen collaborations most recently in 2017 with Ismail Hakki Demircioglu. The Anatolian Blues Project is a continuation of a previous collaboration called Telvin and disavows the nation state, breaks the rules and is a pure form of music. Erkan is joined by Turgut Alp Bekoglu on drums, Can Cankaya on piano and Kagan Yildiz on bass.

Erkan Ogur (Guitar)
Can Cankaya (Piano)
Kagan Yildiz (Bass)
Turgut Alp Bekoglu (Drums)

Erkan Ogur

Erkan Ogur

Guitar

Erkan Oğur was born on 17 April 1954, in Ankara, Turkey. He spent his childhood in Elazığ, eastern Turkey, where he became interested in violin and the Turkish bağlama (lute) and started to practice them frequently. He graduated from high school in Elazığ, then moved to study physics at Ankara University Faculty of Science from 1970 to 1973. As a result of encouragement to be a scientist by his father, he started to study chemical engineering. He was introduced to guitar education in 1973. Since the beginning of the year 1974, he continued his education at The Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany, for three years. However, he chose to be a musician instead of being a scientist. Since he needed detailed sounds from a guitar in order to obtain Turkish melodies, he modified his guitar and invented the fretless classical guitar in 1976.

Turgut Alp Bekoglu

Turgut Alp Bekoglu

Drums

Turgut Alp Bekoğlu was born in 1966 and had an interest in musical rhythm since his childhood. He played drum semi-professionally while he was at high school and in 1983, he became a professional drummer. After attending a research program at the Rotterdam Conservatory for 5 months, he went to New York to pursue his study for two years more. Bekoğlu performed with Gloria Gaynor on a stage. He has also accompanied famous Turkish artists such as Ajda Pekkan, Sezen Aksu, and Nilüfer. Bekoğlu has performed in many recordings in the US and Turkey. He has participated in many national and international music festivals in Çeşme, Kuşadası, Houston, and New Orleans. Currently, Bekoğlu is a member of Jazz group “Telvin”. He continues to play drums in Turkey and abroad both.

Can Cankaya

Can Cankaya

Piano

Can Çankaya is one of the most in-demand jazz musicians in Turkey. After graduating from Istanbul University State Conservatory, he was awarded a full scholar/assistantship from William Paterson University in New Jersey, where he earned his Master’s of Music degree. Here, he studied piano and ensemble with the world-renown pianists Harold Mabern, Mulgrew Miller and James Weidman. Throughout his career, Çankaya performed with Emin Fındıkoğlu (Detant), Ali Perrett (Acid Trippin’), Ricky Ford (Istanbul Collective Big Band), TRT Big Band, Maffy Falay, İmer Demirer, Erkan Oğur, Grammy awarded harmonica player Gregoire Maret, and Ece Göksu at the most prestigious international jazz festivals. He has recorded numerous albums both as a producer/arranger and a pianist. His last recording as a co-leader Timeless is recorded with bassist Kağan Yıldız and the album contains originals as well as jazz standards.

Kagan Yildiz

Kagan Yildiz

Bass

Born in Istanbul, Kağan Yıldız started his first music lessons with his uncle, Orhan Akıncı, who was a music teacher. After he was admitted to the contrabass department of State Conservatory of Mimar Sinan University in 1991, he continued his study with Asst. Prof. Engin Babahan. Yıldız, who was a member of Istanbul State Symphony Orchestrate during his student years, decided to continue his work in jazz music after his graduation in 2002 and shared the same stage with leading figures of Turkey. The musician, who started to play with Kerem Görsev Trio in 2006, has performed in many festivals both in Turkey and abroad. He also had an opportunity to play with Benny Golson, Freddy Cole, Dena De Rose, Kevin Mahagany, Jim Rotondi, John D’earth, Dave Samuels, and Alain Mallet (Caribbean Jazz Project) on the same stage in Istanbul. His album, titled Timeless, which is a duo project with the pianist Can Çankaya, and which was recorded in 2017, is introduced to the market in 2018. Besides his concerts, Kağan Yıldız is also giving double bass lessons in the Jazz department of Bahçeşehir University.