Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival12th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL SM
March 21 - April 27, 2013



Burcu Güleç, voice
Akın Orbay, drums
Utar Artun, piano
Yaman Akdoğan, bass guitar


Group Taxim Square was founded in 2009 by Burak Beşir in Boston . The Band’s members are all from Berklee College, and each musician in the band has a different background, ranging from classical music to jazz, from composing to arrangement. The group’s repertoire includes different styles of Turkish and Mediterranean music and features folk, pop and jazz styles.


Burcu GulecBURCU GÜLEÇ (voice) was born in Ankara in 1986. She started singing at the age of six and performed her first stage experience at the age of nine, performing in the concerts organized at the Middle East Technical University Development Foundation. She started playing flute in 1998, performing and composing in different genres. In 2003 she wrote the lyrics and the melody for the progressive trance song “Boncuk”, and recorded the vocal part. This had great success in world music lists in the same year. Since 2005, she has made live performances in exclusive venues of Turkey. She recorded the vocals for the albums of Can Atilla “2010 Altın Çağ” released in 2010. She also sang the songs composed by Can Atilla for the play “Kırmızı Başlıklı Kız” (Little Red Riding Hood), which is performed at the State Theaters in Turkey. In 2007, she was the winner of the singing contest organized in Istanbul sponsored by Procter & Gamble. In 2008, she performed in several concerts with the Jazz Orchestra of Turkish Stars of Harmony (TÜRKAY), established by the Turkish Armed Forces. Also, she performed at the 12th International Ankara Jazz Festival. Since then, she has been performing at countless jazz festivals with her quartet all over Turkey. In 2004, she began studies at the Hacettepe University Faculty of Health Sciences Department of Child Development where she received her degree in Child Development in 2008. She participated in certificate programs on musical education and drama for pre-school period. She worked with children with hearing loss in a special rehabilitation and special education center in 2008-2009, and worked on a self-developed project on “Use of Music for Acceleration of Language Development in Children with Hearing Loss”. Based on her achievements in this field, she was accepted to the Master’s program in Hacettepe University Institute of Health Sciences Department of Educational Audiology. Between January 2008 and April 2010, as a soloist, she took part in the weekly program “Hafta Sonu”, broadcasted live in the Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) Ankara Radio, and “Akşam Ola”, broadcasted live on the national TV as well as in Europe and U.S. Since May 2010 she has been studying at Berklee College of Music in Music Therapy and Performance dual major with a scholarship. During her studies at Berklee, she has been performing in live concerts and recordings in Boston and in various cities across the U.S. She has performed with renowned musicians, such as Simon Shaheen, Bobby McFerrin, Pepe De Lucia, Javier Limon, and Jeanette Lovetri. She is the first vocalit of JRR-Berklee CD, and had a recording session with “Jazz Revelation Records” for the 8th album “Octave” in February 2011. In March 2011, after working in numerous fundraising projects and albums, she was part of the Berklee student-faculty community collaborative project, “Love Conquers All”, for Japan’s earthquake relief fundraising album. She performed her own arrangement of her father, Ertuğrul Güleç’s composition, “Gar”. She performed as a soloist at “Rhythm of the Universe Organizaton” “9/11 Massachusetts Remembers” project at the Hatch Shell in Boston, and also at “One for All, All for Van” project dedicated to Van earthquake in Turkey. The latter project attracted attention of the media and was broadcasted on national TV and radio programs. She currently continues her studies at the Berklee College of Music, and her research and projects on music therapy.

Akin OrbayAKIN ORBAY (drums) was born in Ankara in 1994. He was first involved with music by playing the violin at the age of 8. After 7 years of playing violin, he switched to playing drums at the age of 15. He started studying with drummer and percussionist Teymuralp Merter, who became a mentor to him. During that period, he played mostly pop and rock at local places and with his band, his primary influence being Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.  Soon he shifted to more different styles of music, mostly jazz and fusion. With that change of heart and the decision to make music as a career, he attended the Berklee College of Music Percussion Festival in 2010, in which he studied funk music, and the Drum Fantasy Camp in Ohio in 2011. At the camp, he studied with drumming greats such as Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, Peter Erskine, Chris Coleman and Gavin Harrison, and also performed with them along with musicians such as Vinny Valentino, Baron Browne and Chrissi Poland. In 2012, he was accepted to Berklee College of Music and also to the Middle East Technical University’s (METU) Geology Engineering; he chose to go to Berklee instead of METU. He also became an IB (International Baccalaureate) graduate the same year. He is currently studying Contemporary Writing and Production at the Berklee College of Music, and studying with drummers such as Dave DiCenso, Larry Finn, Mark Walker and Bob Tamagni.

Utar ArtunUTAR ARTUN (Utar Dündarartun) (piano) was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1987. He began his music education in the Classical Percussion Department of Hacettepe University, Ankara State Conservatory in 1998.  Utar Artun first took lessons from Haşim Yedican. Afterwards, he became Tarkan Yedican’s student in the same department. He took Prof. İlhan Baran’s “Jazz and Contemporary Music” and “Romantic Music” courses in 2003. In 2006, he arranged musical pieces for the theater play “The 7 Women”. He arranged many movie soundtracks and oldies for symphonic orchestra, and Bursa Regional Symphony Orchestra performed his arrangements in live concerts such as the 2008 New Year Concert and the International Bursa Music Festival in 2009. He performed at the 7th Eskişehir Jazz Festival, 12th  International Ankara Jazz Festival, 6th International Mersin Music Festival, and 25th International Ankara Music Festival. He performed as the drummer of “Hacettepe Jazz Quintet”. Also, he was the piano player, arranger and composer of “Betone Quartet”. In 2008, Utar Artun graduated from the Percussion Department of Hacettepe Conservatory with 2nd Rank Degree of School Placement Award.  After graduation, he participated in the European Scholarship Tours of Berklee College of Music in Paris and was accepted with scholarship to the Professional Music Major (Film Scoring & Jazz and Composition concentrated). He was awarded for highly “Honorable Mention” from Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition, Barnes&Noble award and Brian Oliver Memorial award. He was among the finalist of ASCAP’s Morton Gould Young Composers Competition (2010) and Young Jazz Composers Competition (2011). He studied conducting with Prof. Isaiah Jackson and Prof. Louis Stewart, Piano with Leo Blanco, Steve Hunt, Prof. Laszlo Gardony, Prof. Neil Olmstead and composition with Prof. Greg Hopkins, Prof. Marc Rossi, Prof. Armand Qualliotine and Prof. Tibor Pusztai. In January 2010, one of his compositions was selected to Jazz Revaluation CD. He is currently a JRR artist of Berklee College of Music. In October, he performed with Kevin Eubanks in the studio recording session of WGBH Studios - Boston, MA. During his education, He’s been in workshops, performances and clinics with Bobby McFerrin, Maria Schneider, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Simon Shaheen and David Fiuczynski. He involves into the Rhythm of the Universe Project as an Arranger, Performer and Orchestrator. Artun has done numerous studio recordings, festival concerts and performances in Boston, MA and also New York, NY. Most recently, he won the 18th HALICI MIDI Composition Contest and the 2nd place in the Berklee Film Scoring Contest 7. He arranged a music video with ROTU called “Bizim Eller Ne Güzel Eller” for the most recent earthquake that devastated the city of Van, Turkey. The music video had numerous broadcasts on national and international TV channels with more than 50 million people watching.

Yaman AkdoganYAMAN AKDOĞAN (bass guitar) is a Turkish-born bass player, composer and arranger living in Boston. He started music by playing guitar in middle school. After a period of rock music experience by playing in different rock bands, he switched to bass in high school. Borrowing some jazz records from his pianist friend, he started to get closer to jazz. After graduating from high school, he was accepted to Dokuz Eylül University to study Labor Economics in Izmir,Turkey. While completing his studies in college, he continued to study theory of jazz and performance with Ömür Gidel, one of the well-known jazz pianists and arrangers in Turkey. He performed at several jazz clubs and festivals with different local jazz bands around Turkey. In 2008 he participated in Berklee Umbria Jazz clinics and studied bass with Miroslav Vitous and Oscar Stagnaro. In the same year he participated in Berklee College of Music auditions in Athens, Greece as an accompanist bass player, and was accepted to Berklee College of Music with scholarship. In 2010 he received scholarship to participate in Siena Jazz Academy Summer Program where he studied with great jazz musicians such as Avishai Cohen, Ferenc Nemeth, Scott Colley, Anders Jormin, Ricardo Del Fra, and Furio Di Castri. Currently continuing his education on electric and upright bass at Berklee College of Music, he studies jazz performance with great musicians; Ed Tomassi, Whit Browne, Lincoln Goines, Ron Mahdi, Danny Morris, John Patitucci, George Garzone, Hal Crook, and Tia Fuller.








Saturday, April 20, 2013 | 8:00 p.m.

Goethe Institut
170 Beacon Street, Boston

Tickets $20, Students $15

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