Kaan Çelen’s first solo album NA-Zİ-LE has been released!
The album has been released through Lin Records on the 11th of December 2020 in CD and digital formats, available in music stores and on digital platforms.
The album consists of five new compositions and a jazz standard:
1- Na-Zi-Le (Kaan Çelen, Tamer Temel)
2- Beyoğlu (Volkan Topakoğlu)
3- Jive Coffee (Peter Bernstein)
4- Beşer (Tamer Temel)
5- Hi Mr. Stewart (Kaan Çelen, Volkan Topakoğlu)
6- Dear Ediz (Kaan Çelen, Volkan Topakoğlu)
The album features Kaan Çelen on the drums, Tolga Bilgin on the trumpet, Tamer Temel on the saxophone, Ercüment Orkut on the piano and Volkan Topakoğlu on the double bass. The album was recorded by Sinan Sakızlı and Ceylan Akçar (Hayyam Studios), mixed and mastered by Emre Malikler. The cover photos were taken by Erdal Kaş and the design belongs to Yiğit Gürevin.
This album is a awe-inspiring work by Kaan Çelen, it invites everyone who believes in the healing and uniting power of music to step through its doors to find their own purpose with all the courage and passions the album offers.
“A work of passion”
The album, recorded by the artist who is disabled but does not let this fact get in his way, is a first of its kind in the World.
Every life story starts with its own journey and you view that path as colorfully as you paint it.
Kaan Çelen’s story starts in Bolu in 1994 with a doctor error whose mistake resulted in the loss of use of his left arm. He was encouraged to take up music when he was 15 years old by his physiotherapist Serkan Sevim. He found himself connecting with his instrument of choice, the drums. In the musician’s own words: “I will never forget my mother always telling me ‘You can do this’ in every situation life threw at me. I never felt different thanks to that. I am surprised when I notice my disability. Because the Word ‘disability’ does not exist in my vocabulary”.
Kaan Çelen’s musical journey started when he was 17 years old when his “guide, dear brother” Ediz Hafızoğlu started giving him drumming lessons as his first Professional teacher.
He got the opportunity to work with Ferit Odman when he got into the Jazz Certificate Program of Bahçeşehir University in 2013 with a scholarship and with Cem Aksel between 2014-2017. He attended Boğaziçi University’s New York Jazz Workshop in 2015 and 22nd and 23rd Izmir European Jazz Workshop, having the opportunity to meet many Italian and Polish musicians. He combined the ethnic vibrations of the geography he was born in and performed different variations of Classical Turkish Music Orchestra and Turkish music in addition to jazz.
Kaan Çelen performed with many musicians especially in Istanbul as well as giving his first abroad concert in Greece in 2016.
Kaan Çelen, who says “What curiosity our mind mingles in, our reality exists in its World” wrote this dedication for people who believed in him and his colleagues:
I would like to thank my mother Nazile Çelen and dear physiotherapist Serkan Sevim; my first Professional drumming teacher, guide and dear brother Ediz Hafızoğlu; Sinan Sakızlı and Ceylan Akçar from Hayyam Studios; my last drumming teacher Cem Aksel who has answered every question I have with patience; Baki Duyarlar who has supported me since the first day I fell in love with jazz; Şevket Akıncı, Ferit Odman, Kağan Yıldız, İmer Demirer, Volkan Topakoğlu, Barış Ertürk, Volkan Polat, Serhan Erkol, Siney Yılmaz, Cem Tuncer, Tamer Temel, Ercüment Orkut, Bulut Gülen and Alper Yılmaz’a…
To my friends who has been there every step of the way, my elders and to the esteemed musicians with whom I have the honor to have recorded this album with: Volkan Topakoğlu, Tamer Temel, Ercüment Orkut and Tolga Bilgin, thank you.
I am lucky to have known you.