Live final elections of the 14th Nardis Young Jazz Vocal Competition took place at Nardis Jazz Club with the sponsorship of Yapı Kredi Play. We listened to two pieces performed by last year’s highest scoring participant Ceren Temel before this year’s nominees stepped on the stage.
The house band consisted of Uraz Kıvaner on the piano, Ozan Musluoğlu on the bass and Ekin Cengizkan on the drums. Each of the 10 participants performed two pieces live. The members of the jury then were given a 45 minutes-long break to make their decisions.
The participants of this evening are listed below in their order of appearance:
Barış Alp Dönmez
Cansu Nihal Akarsu
Gizem Nur Dal Özdemir
This year’s awards were designed as below:
Cansu Nihal Akarsu – Invitation to participate in Riga Jazz Stage Competition between 4-7 April
Halil Çağlar Serin - Invitation to participate in Riga Jazz Stage “Young Bassist” Competition
Dila Yavuz - Invitation to participate in the Pulawy Jazz Workshop in Poland in July 2018
Sibel Demir - Invitation to perform in Istanbul Jazz Festival
Çağla Erdoğan – Invitation to give a concert at The Badau Istanbul
Çağla Erdoğan and Seçil Soylu - Invitation to give a concert at Nardis Jazz Club
Çağla Erdoğan and Barış Alp Dönmez - Invitation to be a guest of Hakan Tüfekçi for his NTV Radio program
Dila Yavuz - Invitation to be a guest of Başak Yavuz for her Açık Radyo program
Çağla Erdoğan- Special scholarship from Ece Göksu.
Nardis Jazz Club “Young Jazz Vocal Competition” aims to introduce young talents passionate about jazz from all around Turkey to international jazz platforms since 2005. Nardis Young Jazz Vocal Competition gives access of the club’s stage to jazz vocalists and contributes to the development of jazz music and its awareness.
The young and talented participants of Nardis’s previous competitions received educational scholarships from prominent schools in Europe and the USA as well as receiving awards in various international festivals.
Members of the jury:
Aydın Kahya / Hacettepe University Jazz Department Vocal Instructor
Başak Yavuz / Bahçeşehir University Jazz Vocal Instructor
Cem Tuncer / Musician
Ece Göksu / Musician
Engin Gencer / Tonemaister
Eren Noyan / The Badau Istanbul
Hakan Tüfekçi / NTV Radio
Harun İzer / Istanbul Jazz Festival, Assistant Director
Önder Focan / Musician
Sibel Köse / Musician
Cansu Nihal Akarsu received her high school and undergraduate educations on the clarinet at Izmir Dokuz Eylul University State Conservatory. She started to study jazz during her university years. She has participated in the 17th International Ankara Jazz Festival, 20th and 21st Izmir Europe Jazz Festival and 2nd International Uzbekistan Jazz Festival. Akarsu is currently also continuing her work on classical music as well as performing on some of the most prestigious stages in Izmir, Istanbul and Ankara.