Ilhan Ersahin

ILHAN ERSAHIN: THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND NEW TURKISH JAZZ

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TODAY - Jul 23, 2010
ILHAN ERSAHIN: THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND NEW TURKISH JAZZ
The saxophonist presents his latest work, Istanbul Sessions, accompanied by the great trumpeter Erik Truffaz.

Ilhan Ersahin was born in Sweden, grew up in Turkey and now lives in America. For obvious reasons, his music has a strong Turkish flavour, which is reflected in his first three solo albums: Home (1997), Our Song (1998) and Virgo (2000). If was in 2000 that he founded the group Wax Poetic in New York with the aim of playing a compelling mix of funk-fusion, free-jazz and trip-hop, and featured great work by the pianist Norah Jones, daughter of Ravi Shankar. The nine-piece's records, Nublu Sessions, Copenhagen, Brasil and Istanbul would enable Ersahin to achieve the musical maturity and Eurasian style of jazz that he had sought since adolescence. Not satisfied with this however, he also worked on parallel projects, such as Love Trio, Wonderland, Nublu Orchestra and Our Theory, which he released in 2006 with the help of his friend, the Swiss trumpeter, Erik Truffaz. The new album, Ilhan Ersahin's Istanbul Sessions, again features Truffaz as a guest artist and is supported by Alp Ersonmez on bass, Izzet Kizil on drums and Turgut Alp Bekoglu on percussion. The result is reminiscent of the music of Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderley, but with a great collective djembe beat. The story however does not finish there. In 2002, Ersahin created Nublu, a record company whose aim was to bring together all those interested in this style of music. It started as a record label, then also became a record and merchandising store, and finally a club, one of the most highly regarded in New York's East Village. Ilhan Ersahin's Istanbul Sessions is featured in Gladys Palmera's Future Beats.


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