Sila Çevikce Shaman

Composer and pianist, was born in Ankara, Turkey, 1970. New York City based artist has composed, performed and recorded music ranging in style from classical art songs, film scores and musicals to free improvisation. She moved to USA in 1993 to study jazz composition and performance at Berklee College of Music and completed her studies in composition in 1996. The same year she received the Claire Fisher Award. She completed a Master of Music degree in performance and composition at University of South Florida in 1998. She has collaborated with Kim Bock Quartet, Spindle, Greenwich Blue, Dan McMillion Groovin’ High Big Band, Robin Hackett, SDS Trio, Sonic Possibilities, as well as her own quartet featuring Rich Perry and Ari Hoenig. In 2004, her debut album as a bandleader, "A New Abode", was released on SteepleChase Record, and selected as an Album of the Week pick. She has also recorded several releases for Louie Records with percussionist Dave Storrs and SDS trio.