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Sinan Bakir Trio

November 11, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EST

$10.00
Sinan Bakir

Jazz guitarist and composer Sinan Bakir returns to The Buttonwood Tree with his new trio featuring George Mastrogiannis on drums and Silvain Castellano on bass. The trio will premier new music as well as favorites from guitarists earlier albums and arrangements of jazz standards.

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 experience 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. 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. Sinan continued growing as a musician in Hartford, writing tunes, attending sessions,and playing regular gigs & 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 sideman dates in CT and NY.
Tales & Stories is a pleasure-packed minor masterpiece.
Mark Holston – JazzIz Magazine

The 12 varied pieces sometimes mix East and West elements and range from the diaphanous to hard-swinging pieces swaggering with digital dexterity and mental agility. All are engaging, clear, uncluttered, accessible and resonate with a pleasant sense of layered mystery, seasoned with savory hints of the exotic.
Owen McNally – Hartford Courant

The quartet explores the 12 original pieces with grace, fire, wit, and emotional intensity, displaying intuitive interaction throughout. Just let these sounds wash over you; good music can excite and soothe and this is good music.

Richard Kamins – Step Tempest

Bakir’s inspired soloing feeds off of the energy coming from his trio mates, with lines possessing laser-like focus.
Dan Bilawsky – All About Jazz

Reviews
Tales&Stories (2012)

As performed in a standard quartet setting (pianist Warren Byrd, upright bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Mark Ferber), the guitarist’s tunes sound like updated classics. Tales & Stories is a pleasure-packed minor masterpiece.
Mark Holston – JazzIz Magazine, Spring 2013

The 12 varied pieces sometimes mix East and West elements and range from the diaphanous to hard-swinging pieces swaggering with digital dexterity and mental agility. All are engaging, clear, uncluttered, accessible and resonate with a pleasant sense of layered mystery, seasoned with savory hints of the exotic.
Owen McNally – Hartford Courant

The quartet explores the 12 original pieces with grace, fire, wit, and emotional intensity, displaying intuitive interaction throughout. Just let these sounds wash over you; good music can excite and soothe and this is good music.
Richard Kamins – Step Tempest

On My Way (2009)

The CD is a fine showcase for his lyrical, fluent playing as well as his composing skills demonstrated in 11 originals. Whether composing or improvising, Bakir creates fresh sounding, accessible jazz seasoned with nuanced hints of Turkish music.
Owen McNally – Hartford Courant

Bakir’s inspired soloing feeds off of the energy coming from his trio mates, with lines possessing laser-like focus.
Dan Bilawsky – All About Jazz

Live Review

Bakir confidently directed two sets of original material, ranging from blues to ballads, many given a touch of rock grittiness. He appears to have a strong grounding in jazz sub-genres, as well as classical and pop music. However, his own style might be best described as post-fusion, similar in concept to that of guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. Both men came of age after the original jazz-rock fusion era had crested, yet their music synthesizes rock and jazz elements with more ease and fluency than did the originators of fusion during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

“Stop ‘n’ Go,” the second tune of Saturday’s performance, displayed this seamless marriage of funk, rock and jazz influences, Byrd’s keyboard work recalling the impassioned sounds of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea in their electric prime. Bakir’s solo paid homage to John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu days while also sounding very contemporary — and considerably more restrained in tone. The guitarist and keyboardist brought the piece to a climax when their comping during the tail end of Brown’s solo grew into a fast, furious and fun-filled improvisatory dialogue.

Much later, “Oddity” explored equally fulfilling possibilities through the intersection of jazz, rock and Latin musical styles. Bilello’s fine mallet work introduced this piece before Bakir took off on one of his most inspired fingerpicking excursions of the night. His clean, crisp attack revealed an impressive technique.

Chuck Obuchowski – WWUH (special to the Courant)

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Details

Date:
November 11, 2016
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EST
Cost:
$10.00
Website:
http://www.sinanbakir.com/

Venue

The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center
605 Main Street
Middletown, 06457 United States
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Phone:
860-347-4957
Website:
http://www.buttonwood.org

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