Timeless

[CONCERT]
20th March / 20:00
Phoenix Arts Club, Soho

A duo performance with a simple but exquisite combination of just piano and bass performed by Can Cankaya and Kagan Yildiz respectively. They interpret classic jazz standards as well as dip into their own composition pool. Can’s musical education includes earning a Masters of Music from the William Paterson University in New Jersey and working alongside American jazz pianists like Harold Mabern and Mulgrew Miller. Kagan was part of the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and learnt his trade in Turkey where he is in demand on both the festival and venue circuits. The duo’s debut album and collaboration together was released in 2018.

Can Cankaya (Piano)
Kagan Yildiz (Bass)

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.

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