Ayse Tütüncü

Pianist and composer was born in Adana, Turkey, 1960. She began to learn music at five and graduated from the Istanbul Municipality conservatory, where she liked chamber music very much. Her first group Mozaik, 1983, making fusion music out of rock, western classic, jazz and also traditions released four albums. With her Piano Percussion Band (piano-percussions-bass clarinet), and her Trio (piano and two wind instruments) she took part at many international festivals both in Turkey and Europe (6.Istanbul Jazz-1999, North Sea Jazz-2002 and London Jazz-2006- Festivals, Jazzahead Showcase-2011, etc..) and recorded three albums EMI/BlueNote released two Ayse Tutuncu albums. In her variations, colleagues or compositions, it is about a fusion she offers as a special blend of classical music, Anatolian music and jazz, with a balance of written and improvised parts. In 2010, her group was invited to join a special Bartok-project concert "Day of Song" in Dortmund; also she was commissioned by Istanbul-Capital to arrange and perform with three musicians and three dancers "Gomidas (Komitas) songs". She also composed for films or theatre- and musical-stages. In 2005, she projected /organized the Opening Concert of the WTI-World Tribunal on Iraq in Istanbul. She teaches regularly piano, group music workshops.