Fahir Atakoglu


By fahir, 2009-03-03

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<p style="margin: 0.1in 0.25in 0pt 0in;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">A native of Turkey, Fahir Atakoglu is an international award winning composer and pianist well known in the fields of <span style="letter-spacing: 0.05pt;">large symphonic works and film music. His works have been performed in various music festivals </span><span style="letter-spacing: 0.3pt;">in Europe and The United States to critical acclaim, and he is considered</span> one of the most outstanding pianists and composers in the world today. <em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">&ldquo;Pianist Fahir Atakoglu brings an assertive and exotic approach to the piano&rdquo; --- <strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">All About Jazz</strong></em><span style="letter-spacing: 0.3pt;"></span></span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoBodyText2"><span style="font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.3pt;">Since 1986, Fahir has composed </span><span style="font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.2pt;">jingles, documentary and film music for many national and international productions. For his work in film composition Fahir won </span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">first prize for Documentary Music Composition at the Milano Film Festival, and won &ldquo;The Best Song Award&rdquo; from The Mega Channel in Greece.<span style="letter-spacing: 0.2pt;"> </span></span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoBodyText2"><span style="font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.2pt;">Also an accomplished solo artist, Fahir has</span><span style="font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.35pt;"> released 15 albums since his solo debut in 1994, and maintains an intense touring schedule, including </span><span style="font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;">his recent sold out shows at the world renowned Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, and Carnegie Hall in New York City, proving his worldwide appeal.</span><span style="font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.2pt;"></span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoBodyText2"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Fahir&rsquo;s 2005 release &ldquo;If&rdquo;, with<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>legendary Bass Player Anthony Jackson (Paul Simon, Eye Witness, Michel Camilo,) and acclaimed Drummer Horacio &ldquo;El Negro&rdquo; Hernandez (McCoy Tyner, Michel Camilo, Carlos Santana), demonstrated Fahir&rsquo;s virtuosity with the music that he composed for the <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Istanbul National Ballet&rsquo;s</span> performance of <span style="mso-bidi-font-style: italic; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">East<strong><em> </em></strong>Side Story</span><em>.</em></span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoBodyText2"><span style="font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.35pt;">2008 saw the release of Fahir&rsquo;s highly anticipated 15<sup>th</sup> album, &ldquo;Istanbul in Blue&rdquo;, in which he takes the listener through a deep exploration of his </span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">unique rhythmic melodies and harmonies.</span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoBodyText2"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Fahir continues to showcase his talent for blending music from different cultures in sold out live performances and on recordings. Fahir&rsquo;s compositions speak with striking originality, and always remain connected to the culture of his motherland. </span></p>
<p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoBodyText2"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Fahir is currently preparing for a worldwide tour in support of &ldquo;Istanbul in Blue.&rdquo;</span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoBodyText2" align="center"><em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&ldquo;Undeniably skillful and unique&rdquo; --- <strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Jazz Times</strong></span></em></p>
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Fahir Atakoglu
About Fahir Atakoglu

 


Fahir Atakoglu releases his latest and third Jazz CD, Faces & Places.  As a follow-up to his hard-hitting fusion offering, 2008’s Istanbul in Blue the accomplished Turkish-born pianist-composer-arranger Fahir Atakoglu casts a wide stylistic net on Faces and Places, deftly incorporating musical elements from Spain, Brazil, the Middle East and New York City into the compelling mix. On board for this dynamic outing are such world-class players as trumpeter Randy Brecker, guitarists Wayne Krantz and Romero Lubambo, Yellowjackets saxophonist Bob Mintzer and the outstanding rhythm tandem of bassist John Patitucci (a longstanding member of the Wayne Shorter Quartet and a composer-bandleader in his own right) and the great Cuban drummer Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez.


 


Fahir Atakoglu is an international award winning composer and pianist well known in the fields of large symphonic works and film music. His works have been performed in various music festivals in Europe and The United States to critical acclaim, he is considered one of the most outstanding pianists and composers in the world today.


 


“Pianist Fahir Atakoglu brings an assertive and exotic approach to the piano”


                                                                                                         All About Jazz


 


Since 1986, Fahir has composed jingles, documentary and film music for many national and international productions. For his work in film composition Fahir won first prize for Documentary Music Composition at the Milano Film Festival, and won “The Best Song Award” from The Mega Channel in Greece.


 


Also an accomplished solo artist, Fahir has released 18 albums since his solo debut in 1994, and maintains an intense touring schedule, including his recent sold out shows at the world renowned Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, and Carnegie Hall in New York City, proving his worldwide appeal.


 


 “Undeniably skillful and unique” --- Jazz Times


 


“There's a lot to enjoy on this recording from a contemporary and historical standpoint, and as listeners should definitely own a copy of "If," this one shows a willingness to expand, employ different styles, and bodes well for Atakoglu's next adventurous excursion.” All Music Guide


 


For information contact:


Redwood Entertainment, Inc.


Tel:  212 543-9998


E-mail:  info@redwoodentertianment.com


 


 


 


 


 


 


                   www.fahiratakoglu.com


 


 


 


 


 


 

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