Eddie Arjun (formally known as ARJUN), the three-piece instrumental band from New York, has been trailblazing their own hybrid of rock and improvisational jazz since 2003. Eddie Arjun fuses the power of rock with improvisational alternative jazz, resulting in a delicate balance of intricately crafted melodies backed by powerhouse musicianship.
In 2013, SPACE, the first in a critically-acclaimed three-album trilogy, is a sonic dreamscape of fluid improvisations which were conceived and recorded organically. The album’s opening track, ‘Orion,’ features legendary percussionist E.J. Rodriguez (The Jazz Passengers, Sean Lennon, Medeski Martin & Wood, Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos, D.J Logic).
CORE, second in the trilogy, is a reinvention of Eddie Arjun’s sound and style, rooted in carefully crafted melodies which tell resonant stories without words. CORE features the talents of John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood) on its title track, was mixed by legendary producer Scotty Hard and rose to #4 on the Jambands Chart.
In the Summer of 2016, GRAVITY was released as the third and final installment in the trilogy of albums that featured Andre Lyles on bass and Lamar Myers on drums. Recorded and mixed by Scotty Hard, this album also features guest performances by Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones), Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy, Funk Apostles), and Molly Cherryholmes. GRAVITY enjoyed heavy airplay for several months peaking at #5 on the Jambands Chart.
Eddie Arjun’s soulful, razor-sharp inter-musician communication and chemistry translates vibrantly through their recorded works, and transfixes live audiences across the Northeast. Eddie Arjun has garnered comparisons to artists such as Charlie Hunter, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck, David Gilmore, Warren Haynes, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page.
Arjun’s New Album “Transition”
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HAKAN BAŞAR (JR.)
Hakan Başar (Jr.), who was born in 2004, began playing piano when he was 8. After some ephemeral private lessons he has continued his studies with his father, who is a guitarist.
He has done jazz piano studies with curriculums of jazz pianists like respectively Noah Baerman, Bill Cunliffe, Andy LaVerne, Andrew D. Gordon, Walter Norris, Bill Dobbins, Jeb Patton, David Berkman, Neil Olmstead, John Valerio, Clare Fisher.
Thereafter, he was 10 when gave his first concert, within 5th Pera Music Festival, with transcription and repertoire of Michel Petrucciani, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, Kenny Barron, Hank Jones, Bill Evans, Tommy Flanagan.
He has taken the stage at events like Cercle d'Orient, Caddebostan Cultural Center, Istanbul Hilton, BBVA (Esma Sultan), Akbank Syndicated Loan Signing Ceremony (Raffles Hotel), AkçanSA (Sabancı Center) with projects like "Tribute Michel Petrucciani","Tribute Oscar Peterson & Keith Jarrett" etc.
Başar continues his musical studies at full steam besides his student life. His first recordings have been recorded at İTÜ MİAM Studios in the end of 2015. After he had taken part in written and visual media many times, he has been finalist of İstanbul Jazz Festival-Young Jazz, so he deserved giving concert withi festival when he was 12.
The new season ,that started on 8th February 2017 with "Akbank Sanat Young Talent" concert, has continued with İzmir European Jazz Festival on 17th March 2017, İstanbul Jazz Festival press meeting on 28th March 2017, Remembrance Night of Ahmet Ertegün on 29th March 2017.
Başar's concerts in the ongoing process have been International Jazz Day on 30th April 2017, Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival on 6th May 2017, 7th Pera Music Festival on 8th May 2017, Ankara Jazz Festival on 17th May 2017, Kenan Doğulu Harbiye Open Air Theatre concert (guest artist) on 22nd June and 15th August 2017, İstanbul Jazz Festival (Sabancı Museum) on 8th July 2017. His concert within 27th Akbank Jazz Festival was at Saint Benoit stage on 9th November 2017.
Within this time period, he has met with particularly Chick Corea and then Ron Carter, Russell Malone, Eddie Gomez, Donald Vega. He got a chance to workshop with Chick Corea before Corea's concert in İstanbul.
Recordings of his album, that started in September 2017, have been made in Babajim İstanbul Studios & Mastering.
İmer Demirer, Halil Çağlar Serin, Engin Recepoğulları, Kağan Yıldız and especially Ferit Odman have taken part in these recordings. He played with his father, F.Hakan Başar, on the recording of the Star Eyes (Gene de Paul) song.
These recordings have been followed by many valuable people abroad ,who are interested in music, through social media and have gained a lot of appreciation.
His recording dated 2nd July 2018 ,that is Michel Petrucciani's On Top Of the Roof, broadcasted on a radio show,Coco Jazz, in Montreal (Canada). It was Hakan's first overseas event.
Hakan appeared as a guest in a concert of İBB Kent Orchestra at CRR in January 2019 and he took the stage with Hakan Aysev.
In April 2019, Hakan was at CRR's stage with TRT Jazz Orchestra this time.
Akbank Sanat played host to Hakan Başar on 22nd May 2019. Special guests of Hakan Başar Trio concert were Martin Hummel ,who is founder and director of Ubuntu Music & Ubuntu Management Group, and his precious wife Leslie Husbuls Hummel. Mr.Martin Hummel is executive producer of Hakan's album "On Top of the Roof". They came from U.K. for Hakan. Hummel referred Hakan and his album's release date in his addressing speech. Also he said that Hakan was definitely a member of Ubuntu family.
Hakan Başar's next concert will be on 16th July 2019 at open air stage of Uniq İstanbul.
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