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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 Conservaory of Turkish Music in 2004, after completing his undergraduate studies in Boğaziçi University Philosophy department. Gulle pursued his studies at the 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

His first album ‘Ilk Renk’ (2010) has surpassed the basic synthesis of Ottoman-Turkish music and jazz and was widely acclaimed. Gulle’s music language achieved global attention and the album was played on radio in many different countries such as USA, Ireland, Brazil and Australia. In ‘Ilk Renk’, Gulle uses an unprecedented combination of instruments; ud (Guc Basar Gulle), percussion (Turker Colak) and contrabass (Volkan Hursever). Gulle has recently released his second album ‘Bensiz’ (Self Free), a contrabass-guitar duo album with jazz elements. Performed by Gulle himself on guitar and Volkan Hursever on contrabass the album has received positive reviews, especially about its concept and recording technique.

Gulle has collaborated with prominent Jazz musicians like Leo Blanco, Bruno Raberg ,David Fiuczynki , Tiger Okoshi in various projects and toured in US with different ensembles . As an music researcher Gulle presented seminars concerning his new approach to Western Harmony and multi-disciplinary approach to Ottoman-Turkish Music at different venues including Berklee College of Music- Berklee Valencia in Spain and BBC Symphony in England.

Gulle’s recent collaborations include a project album “Anahtar” with Canadian musician Andrew Downing with the supports of “Canada Counsel of Arts”. In 2013 Gulle was invited by the University of Toronto to present seminars about Ottoman-Turkish music and to perform in a various music venues in Canada. The same year Gulle became the first Turkish ud artist to record with ECM label by taking part in the album ‘Journey to Anatolia’. In 2015 he performed with Amir Esaffar in Istanbul Jazz Festival and was invited to perform with Ensemble Variances in Grenoble Jazz Festival in 2016 in France.

As a prominent educator Gulle has recently published books on harmony ,ear training and keyboard skills. As a versatile artist Guc Basar Gulle is pursuing his career in Istanbul as a composer, performer, teacher and researcher.

BOOKS


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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Ear Training

Development of basic ear training skills through performance and recognition activities. Study of melodies, intervals and exercises in various major keys and basic conducting patterns and common music notation.

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Basic Keyboard Techniques

Development of basic keyboard skills through performance and recognition activities. Study of 12 major keys, II-V progressions in different voicings, basic comping styles in jazz , latin pop. Application of voicing exercises in song forms in jazz idioms.

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All photos by Aykun Tasciian