Cazzip Project earned the right to perform at the festival with their results in the Young Jazz competition they participated during the 21st Istanbul Jazz Festival. The band will represent Turkey between 25-26 May at Amersfoort Jazz Festival in Holland.
Cazzip Project received their invitation through the collaboration between Yeldeğirmeni Jazz Spring Festival and Amersfoort Jazz Festival committees and will be the first Turkish jazz band to perform on this stage.
Holland Amersfoort Jazz Festival will feature 350 musicians and 80 concerts from 20 countries this year. Cazzip Project, representing Turkey for the first time, is a jazz trio that consists of Aslı Özer on the piano, Erhan Ertetik on the bass guitar and Ertuğrul Biber on the drums. Their album, Stories, was released on digital platforms and in music stores in the beginning of March. The album is called “Stories” due to the fact that every piece has its own story, and came into being after 5 years of hard work. It was recorded at Bubinga Records with Cem Çatık sitting on the producer’s chair. The album’s mastering was done by Pieter Snapper at Babajim Istanbul Studios & Mastering while recording and mixing was done by Cem Çatık.
The band, which is represent Turkey successfully at Amersfoort Jazz Festival, will get acquainted with the other projects hailing from various other countries.
A cultural bond that is formed through music
Yeldeğirmeni Jazz Spring Festival started on its path with an aim to make the voices of jazz lovers heard in Istanbul’s Yeldeğirmeni neighbourhood, and to liven up the area’s economy, opening its doors for the first time on the World Jazz Day in 2017. Selin Çelik, the festival’s director, emphasizes that their mission is to promote Turkish musicians in the world, provide a platform for local and international artists to form collaborations in and to strengthen the presence of Turkey in the global jazz scene. The first collaboration in direction was formed between Turkey and Greece with the famous jazz double bass player Petros Klampanis and oud player Baha Yetkin. Çelik adds that they have participated as a guest country to international showcase festivals like MAPAS in Tenerife and FIRAB in Mallorca.
The collaboration between Yeldeğirmeni Jazz Spring Festival and Hollanda will continue next year with hosting one of their own bands at the festival in Turkey. The festival will also host participants from Spain, Switzerland and Israel in 2020 in order to increase the cultural interaction with the other countries. Yeldeğirmeni Jazz Spring Festival was invited as a representive country to Barcelona Jazz I Am and Holland Amersfoort Jazz Festival this year.
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