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Kosi and Sinan Bakir
September 8, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
TBT is proud to present Kosi – accompanied by Sinan Bakir on guitar. Reservations are suggested.
Kosi (née Akosua Gyebi) is a New York City based singer/songwriter with nappy hair and jazz roots. Although she always brings just a little drama to her compositions and interpretations, she’s more than just a drama queen. She’s got piercing eyes and a voice that’s larger than her body. But, small as she is, she won’t fit in a box. She switches styles more quickly than you can follow, from jazz, to rock, then folk, but never more than a few steps away from the blues.
She cites Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone as her main influences, and has been compared to Tracy Chapman, India Arie, Ma Rainey, and Bessie Smith. However, despite her comparisons and influences, everything about Kosi, from her nappy hair to her sometimes bare feet, from her occasionally jarring lyrics to her now-she’s-sweet-now-she’s-screaming dramatic interpretations, radiates authenticity. “I am not creating anything,” she says, “nor am I deconstructing anything. I am neither an iconoclast nor a follower. I am simply myself, and that is enough.” She’s more than enough. You definitely want to hear this girl sing… if you can handle it.
Kosi’s fifth and latest album, Stranger in Every Town, a concept album about the joys, pains, and existential terror of touring independently, is currently available for preorder on Bandcamp and will be released on all other platforms on Nov 4, 2018. Her fourth album, I Know Who I Am, is also a concept album telling the story of guilt, absolution, love, and self-actualization through original jazz and negro spirituals. Along with her third album, Ghosts Appearing through the Sound, which is a tribute to Abbey Lincoln, and her first two albums, Pictures of Us and One More Cup of Coffee, each of which is comprised of eight of Kosi’s original songs and two jazz standards, it is available for purchase or download on Amazon, CDBaby, Bandcamp, and on her website: kosi-sings.com.
Whether composing or improvising, Bakir creates fresh sounding, accessible jazz seasoned with nuanced hints of Turkish music, Owen McNally – Hartford Courant
Turkish guitarist/composer Sinan Bakir is noted as a virtuoso player and a masterful composer by the music critics and his peers. Sinan’s early musical journey started with mandolin lessons followed by an audition leading to the Ankara State Opera Children’s Choir. After attending a rock concert in his early teen years he was inspired to pick up his first guitar and started taking private lessons, spending most of his time practicing and studying music. Soon after he formed his first band and started playing gigs around the city while attending to college in his hometown Ankara. By the time he graduated from Hacettepe University with a degree in engineering he was granted a scholarship from the Hartford Conservatory and moved to United States. In his new found home the guitarist kept writing tunes, attending sessions,and playing regular gigs & music festivals. His all original debut album “On My Way” (2009) with bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Mark Ferber, followed by a quartet recording titled “Tales and Stories”(2012) with pianist Warren Byrd. Both albums received great reviews from many respected music publications and featured in a variety of Radio and TV programs. While maintaining a busy teaching schedule guitarist continues to perform in diverse settings from solo recitals to trio concerts as well as many other musical situations.
Now, virtuoso guitarist, Sinan Bakir, joins New York City based singer-songwriter, Kosi, for a night of jazz standards and original compositions in anticipation of Kosi’s fifth album, Stranger in Every Town. They will be performing at the Buttonwood Tree, and seats are limited!
Official Site: http://www.sinanbakir.com/
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