Cem Tuncer


Biography Cem Tuncer



Cem Tuncer
born in 1978, is a leading Turkish guitarist and producer in the Turkish jazz world. He studied guitar with Sarp Maden and Gökçen Taşkıran, music theory with Semih Korucu and Mehmet Nemutlu, ensemble with Bülent Ortaçgil and Önder Focan at Akademi Istanbul’s Jazz Department. He finished his studies at Bilgi University’s Music Department and worked with prominent musicians like Neşet Ruacan, Kamil Özler, Ali Perret, L. Butch Morris, Can Kozlu, Aydın Esen, İmer Demirer, Ricky Ford, Selen Gülün, Mike Wilkens, Jeff Mcaulley and Ayşe Özbekligil. He performed in music festivals around the world such as , Sfinks (Belgium), Amsterdam (Holland), Hildesheim (Germany), Gent and Brüksel Ethnic (Belgium) while finishing his studies. He represented Turkey in International Estonia Young Jazz Guitarist Competition in 2008 and won the second place. He played at Romania Garana and Pori jazz festivals with Ted Curson, Harvey S., Enrico Granafei, Önder Focan, Vitali Imereli, Reiska Laine, Toivo Unt, Marian Petrescu and Jyrki Kangas as a winner of this competition. He started to write compositions for TV shows and movies in 2006. He won awards with ”Ali’nin Sekiz Günü” in Istanbul Film Festival, with “Dilber’in Sekiz Günü” in Ankara Film Festival in 2008. He composed scores for many well-known TV shows like “Adını Feriha Koydum”, “Umutsuz Ev Kadınları’”, “Adını Kalbime Yazdım”, “Anne”, “İstanbullu Gelin”, “Kadın” and “Bizim Hikaye” and has received the award for Best TV Show Score in Kral TV Music Awards in 2011. He has played and recorded with the leading jazz and pop musicians such as Önder Focan, Sezen Aksu, Aykut Gürel, Jülide Özçelik, Gürol Ağırbaş, Melis Sökmen, Deniz Seki, Elif Çağlar Muslu and Zuhal Olcay. Cem Tuncer still plays with TRT Istanbul Radio Light Music and Jazz Orchestra since joining in 2008, and with his own band Cem Tuncer Quartet (CTQ) which consists of Engin Recepoğulları on the saxophone, Volkan Hürsever on the double bass and Ediz Hafızoğlu on the drums. After his first single “Intro”, his first solo album was released by Lin Records.

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