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Bilal Karaman

Since Bilal Karaman was eleven years old, he put the guitar at the center of his life and he became one of the pioneering jazz guitarists in Turkey. Over the years, Bilal Karaman has done a lot of collaboration with international musicians and played together, such as Marcus Miller, Lars Danielson, Ricky Ford , Aydın Esen, Harvie S, Zakir Hussain, Fernando Paiva, Mike Moreno, Pierre Blanchard , Gustav Lundgren, Jarrod Cagwin and Dianne Reeves .

2009 Istanbul Nardis jazz guitar competition first prize winner guitarist has formed different repertoire & formats for stage. Since his debut album ‘Bahane’, 2011. His wide range of performances are including solo guitar recitals, duo, trio, quartet combo bands and gypsy jazz band formats.

Since 2003 he played several shows over 20 countries such as Hungary, Macedonia, Ukraine, U.S, U.K, Germany, France, Netherlands, South Korea, South Africa, Kenya, and more… Including highly esteemed festivals like Istanbul Jazz Festival, and London Jazz Festival.

In 2012, he was named one of four rising guitarists of the year for an interview with Barry Cleveland in American Guitar Player . Karaman, who never leaves the quest for innovation, which is at the heart of jazz, has created a different musical world in every project. His great joy at live concerts was his hallmark. Bilal Karaman, who can easily hear this quest with four albums published with his unique guitar stamp, has released the first album of the series “Manouche a La Turca” , based on the French gypsy jazz, the genre Manouche created by Django Reinhardt these last years. The album, which successfully carried the European jazz-swing style on Anatolia, has continued with 2 more volumes.

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