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Şenol was born in the year 1960 to musician parents in Istanbul. He picked up drumming very early thanks to his father who was a drummer. After finishing his primary studies, he studied violin at Istanbul State Conservatory and Art History at Istanbul University. During a performance with percussionist Okay Temiz, he met Don Cherry and was fascinated by him. This incident helped him discover new avenues in jazz and became an important factor in his decision to move to the United States. In 1985, he moved to the US and participated in George Russell’s ensemble classes in New England Conservatory’s “Third Stream” department while studying micro-tonal music with Joe Maneri. He also attended electronic music classes at Harvard University’s Pond building. He had the chance to perform in various locations in the US with the department head Ivan Tchrepnin and legendary John Cage. In the meantime, he continued to perform Free Jazz in Boston clubs. After these real life experiences he enrolled at Berklee and worked with prominent jazz musicians like Ian Froman (drums), Joe Hunt (drums), Jamey Haddad (percussion) and Giovanni Hidalgo (percussion) as well as having lessons with Ed Blackwell and Alan Dawson. One of his compositions was acclaimed by the faculty and was performed by the Berklee Rainbow Band. While attending Berklee, he continued to pursue his dream alongside Ornette Coleman and his friends in sessions at Coleman’s loft in New York

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