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GÜÇ BAŞAR GÜLLE

COMPOSER, PERFORMER, EDUCATOR

BIO

Born in 1977, Gülle is the leading Turkish artist of his generation who attracted the attention of art critics and music lovers with his innovative music language. Gulle’s unique style derives from his comprehensive knowledge of Ottoman-Turkish music, Jazz and Contemporary music.

Güç Başar Gülle earned his master’s degree from İstanbul Technical University Turkish Conservatory of Turkish Music in 2004, after completing his undergraduate studies in Boğaziçi University Philosophy department. Gulle pursued his studies at Berklee College of Music in 2004 and completed four years Jazz Composition Department’s program within two years. Between 2007-2009 he studied Contemporary Composition at Istanbul Technical University in Advanced Music Studies

Gulle’s music language achieved global attention. His first album ‘Ilk Renk’ (2010) has surpassed the basic synthesis of Ottoman-Turkish music and jazz and was widely acclaimed. His second album ‘Bensiz’ (Self Free), a contrabass -guitar is a duo album with jazz elements. Performed by Gulle himself on guitar and Volkan Hürsever on contrabass the album has received positive reviews, especially about its concept and recording technique. In his last album “Reverse Perspectieve” he has opened a new dimension in Jazz Harmony by applying a medieval visual art technique that is called Reverse Perspective in order to show a different path instead of the cul-de-sac in modernity.

Gulle has collaborated with prominent Jazz musicians like Leo Blanco, Bruno Raberg ,David Fiuczynki , Tiger Okoshi, Bertram Lehmann, Andrew Downing, Mark Sinan, and Amir ElSaffar in various projects including ECM and toured in US, Canada and Europe with different ensembles like Dresden Philharmonic and Ensemble Variences. As a music researcher Gulle presented seminars concerning his new approach to Jazz Harmony and multi-disciplinary approach to Western and Turkish Music at different venues including Berklee College of Music- Berklee Valencia in Spain, University of Toronto and BBC Symphony in England

As a prominent educator Gulle has recently published book on Jazz Harmony. This book is an attempt to clarify contextual and conceptual inconsistencies in traditional music theory education by defining “Necessary and Sufficient Conditions” in functional and non-functional harmonies.

As a versatile artist Guc Basar Gulle is pursuing his career in Istanbul as a composer, performer, teacher and researcher.

BOOKS


Jazz Harmony

A systematic and logical approach to the art of composing in the jazz and classical idiom. Exploration of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic principles. By means of stating necessary and sufficient conditions of harmonic structures in this book you will start hearing any chord progression with mind rahter than hearing with just ear.

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All photos by Aykun Tasciian