Fuat Tuaç started his jazz education at Sibel Köse’s jazz vocal workshop in 2007. He took jazz vocal, harmony and ear training lessons from Randy Esen, Aydın Esen, Donovan Mixon and Baki Duyarlar. He graduated with a degree in Jazz Studies from Concordia University in Canada in 2014. The musician, who has been working on his album since then, has given a gig at Nardis Jazz Club in June 2017. We conducted a short interview with him.
How long has it been since you went to Canada?
About 6 years.
What did you do, why did you go?
To become a musician?
Almost. This is a never-ending journey as you know. There is no end to it, I studied music there.
What did you study, and in which school?
I studied Jazz Licence in Concordia University in Montreal. It was a 3-year course. I wanted to start all over again from the beginning. I actually studied law here. I am an attorney. However, I didn’t want to lack an education on jazz. I quit my job here on Friday and started going to school on Monday. It took exactly 3 years.
What degree did you receive? Who did you work with?
Jazz studies. I have worked with Canadian Madeleine Thériault (vocals), Jeri Brown (ensemble), I believe he performed at Akbank Jazz Festival a couple of times as far as I know, Michael Pinsonneault (Jazz Harmony), Dave Turner (big band), he played the saxophone in my album, Gary Schwartz (eclectic ensemble) and trumpet player Charles Ellison (improvisation) during my studies at the university.
You talked about an album, was it recorded there?
Yes, I was supposed to bring it with me, but I wasn’t happy with the recording or the mastering. I felt like my vocals weren’t heard well. So I told them I didn’t want that. I asked them to kindly redo it. Now they are revising it. Its title is ‘Late Bloomer’. Paul Shrofel plays the piano, Dave Watts plays the double bass, Richard Irwin is on the drums and Dave Turnet played the alto sax for a single piece in the album. We performed some of the standards. I sang two songs in French and one in Turkish. Titular ‘Late Bloomer’ is my own composition, it tells my musical story. There is also a Turkish folk song arrangement. I don’t want to spoil the surprise by revealing its name here though.
Will it be released through a Canadian label?
You recorded an album. You are currently performing there as far as I know. Where do you perform at?
The venues I perform in Montreal are Upstairs Jazz Bar, Diese Onze Jazz Club, my album launch concert will take place here on the 13th of July, I recently signed a new agreement with them, and then there is House of Jazz.