Sarpay Özçağatay, born in Ankara, Turkey is a talented Flutist, EWI player, composer, performer and band leader has performed with many jazz musicians and legends such as Ron Carter, Kevin Eubanks, George Garzone, David Fiuczynski, Terri Lyne Carrington, Eric Gould, Greg Osby, Steve Turre, Ed Tomassi and many more.
He studied classical flute performance at Hacettepe University State Conservatory in 2002. After he studied at the conservatory he became more interested in jazz. He attended jazz workshops and jam sessions while formed up his band in 2007. He has played in many shows and toured in Turkey with his late jazz band, Be-Tone. He has performed in many well-known jazz festivals in Turkey including International Ankara Jazz Festival and Istanbul Jazz Festivals.
Sarpay moved to Boston (USA) in order to complete his jazz education in 2009 at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, receiving a full student scholarship for Jazz Performance Major.
He was awarded Winner of Billboard Magazine Scholarship of 11’-12’ through Berklee College of Music.
He graduated on May 2012 and moved to New York City.
Sarpay frequently plays at various jazz clubs in NYC such as Smoke, Zinc, Fat Cat,
The Shrine, Drom, somethin’ Jazz.
Now he is pursuing his musical career in New York City with his Own Band called;
Sarpay Özçağatay Quartet (aka SharpEye Project)
He recently released his first album called “Unexpectable” in March 26th 2013.
Sarpay Özçağatay is endorsed by the cutting-edge instrument microphone company
Applied Microphone Technology. He uses AMT Z1 flute microphone.
He is also cutting-edge flute company Miyazawa Flutes artist!