Saturday April 7, 2012
8 pm $10
Sinan Bakir – guitar, compositions
Matt Dwonszyk – bass
Cemre Dogan – drums
Sinan Bakir made a name for himself in today’s music scene with his unique, creative and exciting approach on the guitar. The sound that Sinan is striving for described often as fresh, clean and lively yet intense and full with emotion. His focused, laser-like lines and energetic playing derives melodies from his Turkish heritage. He is hailed not only as a virtuoso player, but also a masterful composer. Sinan’s trio album “On My Way”(2009) with Thomson Kneeland and Mark Ferber received great reviews from many respected jazz publications(All About Jazz, Jazz Review, Jazz Chicago.net) and music critics all around the world.
Sinan’s early musical experience started with mandolin lessons then continued at the Ankara State Opera Children’s Choir. In his early teen years, after attending to a rock concert, he got inspired by the whole experience and find his call.Determined, he took some private lessons both for classical and electric guitar and later he began to unlock the secrets of the instrument by himself. During his college years he was teaching guitar privately and performing with various projects around Turkey. Being open minded and listening a variety of music from classical to avant-garde helped him developing his own sound and a clear vision for his musical direction. By the time he graduated from Hacettepe University with a degree in Engineering he was granted a scholarship from the Hartford Conservatory and moved to United States. He draw attention on the music scene for himself by playing gigs around Connecticut and NY and getting involved with many musical projects. Sinan had many TV & Radio appearances such as Comcast’s TV series “Up and Coming”, “Accent on Jazz” at WWUH, Fox News and had international airplay from Canada through Europe. His album is featured on many radio shows and had notable airplay. Festival appearances include Hartford International Jazz Festival and New Haven International Arts & Ideas Festival.
Bakir’s inspired soloing feeds off of the energy coming from his trio mates, with lines possessing laser-like focus.
Dan Bilawsky – All About Jazz
He is definitely on his way to becoming a creative voice in the world of jazz guitar.
John Vincent Barron – Jazz Review.com
Sinan has given us here is a blueprint of his soul, you’ll find eleven songs which embody a variety of shapes and tones.
Rob Young – Urbanflux
“On My Way” is a solid debut. It’s easy to put this music on and just let it play. The voice of the guitar one hears on the opening cut never wavers or falters throughout.”
Richard Kamins – Hartford Courant