Funkbook A La Turc

[CONCERT]
27th March / 20:30
606 Club, Chelsea

Dave Brubeck blew his cool blue jazz all over the world after his TIME OUT album of 1959, a record influenced by a state sponsored tour of Eurasia. ‘Blue Rondo A La Turc’ was a game changer with its 9/8 time signature. Following a similar theme, the contemporary Turkish musicians Onder Focan (guitar) and the Salliel Brother’s (sax) project is entitled Funkbook a La Turc.  It’s the third part of a series – previous projects include ‘Standard’ and ‘Swing’ A la Turc – resulting in a funk driven assemblage of Turkish songs, going against the mainstream jazz sound of Turkey borrowing from folk and urban styles of music. The album was released in December, 2018.

Onder Focan (Guitar)
Batu Salliel (Sax)
Anil Salliel (Sax)
Halil Ibrahim Isik (Piano)
Mehmet Ozen (Bass)
Erhan Seckin (Drum)

Onder Focan

Onder Focan

Guitar

Önder Focan started his music career by playing mandolin at the age of 8. He switched to guitar at 15 and concentrated on jazz in the year 1975. Being mainly self-taught, he has become a jazz musician most sought after as a guitarist, player, composer-arranger and lyrics writer.

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).

Batuhan Salliel

Batuhan Salliel

Sax

With the encouragement of his saxophonist father Mümin Şallıel, Batu started his musical life by the age of nine and his professional musical journey at the age of 15. In 2010, he attended London College of Music certification programme in Turkey and graduated with a degree.

Currently, Batu Şallıel is one of the members of Mehmet Erdem’s band and Önder Focan’s “Standard A La Turc” group since 2014. In September 2015, he has formed Şallıel Bros Funbook Project with Önder Focan, and interpreting Önder Focan compositions in a funky way. Önder Focan & Şallıel Bros Funkbook album was relased in May 2016.

Anil Salliel

Anil Salliel

Sax

Anıl was born on 27 July 1993. His musical journey started at the age of eight with the support of his father Mümin Şallıel. He started performing professionally when he was 14. He was a part of Orhan Osman’s ‘Turkophony’ project alongside Dave Weckl. Anıl takes great pride in his ability to play in so many styles authentically without losing his musical personality. This has led to a phenomenal recording career appearing on over 800 albums plus numerous film soundtracks and jingles.

Anıl also leads his own project ‘What Da Funk’ and also worked with ÖnderFocan and his brother Batu Şallıel to release the recording “Funkbook” in 2016.

Halil Ibrahim Isik

Halil Ibrahim Isik

Piano, Synthesizer

His interest in music started when he was 8 years old and enrolled in Istanbul University State Conservatory’s full-time trumpet department as Şenova Ülker’s student in 1991. He continued on with his piano education half-time with Ayşen Katipoğlu and took an interest in jazz in addition to his classical music education. Later on, he has had the opportunity to work with musicians like Şenova Ülker, Süheyl Denizci, Neşet Ruacan, Kamil Özler, Emin Fındıkoğlu and Selen Gülün.He has played the trumpet in Istanbul Symphony Orchestra and Cemal Reşit Rey Symphony Orchestra between 1995-1999. He was a member of Istanbul University State Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, which was picked as the best youth orchestra during the 2002 International Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Germany.

Mehmet Ozen

Mehmet Ozen

Electric Bass

He first started playing the classical guitar when he attended the Yalova Municipality’s guitar courses in 1999. He passed the talent examinations of Bursa Anatolian Fine Arts High School in 2001 and started his violin and piano education. After he graduated in 2005, he was admitted into Yıldız Technical University Art and Design School. He got into the Music Ensembles Program and took jazz bass and double bass lessons from Kamil Erdem.

Erhan Seckin

Erhan Seckin

Drums

Erhan Seçkin was born in Ankara in 1977. He started his music career as a piano player when he was a kid as Seçkin’s mother was a great piano player. He started to study at Ankara Government Conservatory and had lessons from Phillipe Garcia ( Eric Trufaz’s Drummer). After studying with Garcia for two years, he started to work with Lecturer Hasim Yedican. He graduated from his university as the top student of his department in the year 1997.

Seçkin played with many of artists such as Steve Smith, Sean Richman, Aydın Esen, Emma Chaplin, Keisa Brown, Kerem Görsev, Genco Arı, Aşkın Arsunan, Atilla Şereftuğ, Ricci Benson, Sertab Erener, Ajda Pekkan, Sezen Aksu, Garo Mafyan, Atilla Özdemiroğlu.

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