Saturday, July 19 @ 9 PM
The brilliant Turkish musician and composer HASAN ISAKKUT represents a stunning instrumental program of original compositions which evoke moods of the Middle East, jazz, new age, and classical music.
Hasan will be accompanied by the singer SERPIL BOROZAN ; GURKAN CAKMAK Turkish Nay/Mey/Zurna,; ALI CEYHUN KARTALSUNA Turkish Darbuka/Davul.
Hasan Isakkut & Serpil Borazan Duet
Early birds: $25 Pp.
Last week of the concert $30 Pp
Door and Last day of sale: $35
Dinner and appetizers will be available for your purchase.
About Hasan Isakkut:
With his newest recording, Hayat 1 Hayat. The CD features both an instrumental and vocal version of his hit “I Love You” which was covered by the famous Turkish diva Muazzez Ersoy and also appeared on the CD compilation Buddha Bar Volume Two. n thic CD all the music was written by Hasan, except for two exciting traditional Turkish instrumental pieces. Joining Hasan is the well known Omar Faruk Tekbilek on zurna and ney, along with percussionist River Guerguerian, Chris Rosser on guitar, keyboards, and dotar, (he also handled the engineering and mastering chores), Eliot Wadofian on fretless bass, Murat Tekbilek on darbuka, and Juan Benavides on acoustic guitar. Throughout the recording, Hasan displays his virtuosic kanun playing, mournful violin playing, and passionate singing.
About SERPIL BOROZAN
Serpil Borazan is a graduate of Istanbul Technical University Music Conservatory with a specialty in Turkish Classical Music. During her conservatory education, she received vocal lessons from Alaeddin Yavasca, Cetin Korukcu, Tulin Korman and more. She plays kanun in addition to her singing career.
Prior to moving to the United States, she performed as a member of the Turkish Youth Chorus at Turkish State Radio and Television (TRT). She moved to the U.S. ten years ago. First, she joined the Middle East Music Ensemble directed by Issa Boulos in Chicago.
Consequently, she moved to Los Angeles, where she joined the Silk Road Music and Dance Ensemble as the primary vocalist singing the group’s Turkish Classical Music reparatory. In addition to giving concerts in the Los Angeles area, she has participated in the Middle East Music and Dance Camp as part of the Silk Road Music and Dance Ensemble by teaching and performing Turkish Classical songs.
About GURKAN CAKMAK
Gurkan Cakmak is one of the prominent masters of wind instruments residing in Istanbul, Turkey. His primary studies were at Istanbul Technical University Turkish Music Conservatory and Halic University Turkish Music Conservatory in Istanbul. At the present he is performing internationally and throughout Turkey and teaching wind instrument classes at the same universities he has graduated from. (Istanbul Technical University Turkish Music Conservatory and Halic University Turkish Music Conservatory).
Some of the projects Mr. Cakmak has participated as an instrumentalist and soloist are: Roberto Cacciapaglia, Album and Concerts (Milano, 2012), Vangelis , Meeting of Civilizations Project, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra Soloist Instrumentalist ( Doha, 2011), Kent Orchestra, Eurovision Concert, Soloist/Instrumentalist (2010), Antalya Symphony Orchestra Mevlana Project (2009), Ferhat Göçer and Albano, Simony Concerts (2008), Anatolian Folk Ensemble , Pakistan and Germany appearances (1996).
He also appeared in concerts and participated in their recording projects with some of the very well known artists like Hüsnü Şenlendirici, Sıla, Demet Akalın, Yavuz Bingol, İbrahim Tatlıses and Müslüm Gürses.
ALI CEYHUN KARTALSUNA
Ali Ceyhun Kartalsuna is a New York-based percussionist, producer and dancer who has created his own unique style of artistry incorporating techniques and rhythms from the traditions of Turkey, Africa, Cuba, Egypt and India.
Ali moved to the United States from Istanbul, Turkey to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music under a fully endowed scholarship. He plans to double major in Electronic Production and Design and Performance.
Kartalsuna has studied with notable teachers including Eguie Castrillo, Misirli Ahmet, Mike Ringquist, Mehmet Akatay and has performed across the world at venues such as The Lincoln Center, Philippines Endowment for the Arts and at Haiti Fashion week.
Currently working out of New York City, he continues to perform in numerous local clubs including Such as Pasha Lavo, Greenhouse, Tao Kiss, Fly, Highline Ballroom, Gansevort Hotel and Club Arena.
As he continues his studies and professional career development, Ali is working on a self-produced live show incorporating percussion soloing with alternative electronic production methods. The project will be debuted sometime in the summer of 2014.