Rising jazz guitarist/composer Sinan Bakir made a name for himself in todays music scene with his unique, creative and exciting approach on the guitar. Turkish born guitarist is striving for a fresh and clean sound and has a highly energetic playing style. Young guitarist is hailed not only as a virtuoso player, but also a masterful composer by his peers. Bakir’s fresh sounding tunes are an amalgam of rock & jazz stylings and driven by strong melodies deriving from the rich Turkish tradition combined with modern jazz harmonies. His all original debut album "On My Way"(2009) with Thomson Kneeland and Mark Ferber received great reviews from many respected jazz publications and music critics all around the world. While the album is having significant Radio and TV airplay Bakir is keeping busy playing Jazz festivals and regular gigs at NY and CT clubs .
Sinan's early musical experience started with mandolin lessons then continued at the Ankara State Opera Children's Choir. In his early teen years, after attending to a rock concert, he got inspired by the whole experience which led him taking private lessons for both classical and electric guitar and following that he began to unlock the secrets of the instrument by himself. During his college years he was teaching guitar privately and performing with various projects around Turkey. Being open minded and listening a variety of music from classical to avant-garde helped him developing his own sound and a clear vision for his musical direction. By the time he graduated from Hacettepe University with a degree in Engineering he was granted a scholarship from the Hartford Conservatory and moved to United States. He draw attention on the music scene for himself by playing gigs around Connecticut and NY and getting involved with a variety of musical projects. Sinan had many TV & Radio appearances such as Comcast's TV series "Up and Coming", "Accent on Jazz" at WWUH, Fox News and had international airplay from Canada through Europe. His album is featured on many radio shows and had notable airplay. Festival appearances include Greater Hartford Jazz Festival, Monday Night Jazz, Hartford International Jazz Festival and New Haven International Arts & Ideas Festival.
Bakir's inspired soloing feeds off of the energy coming from his trio mates, with lines possessing laser-like focus.
Dan Bilawsky - All About Jazz
He is definitely on his way to becoming a creative voice in the world of jazz guitar.
John Vincent Barron - Jazz Review.com
Sinan has given us here is a blueprint of his soul, you’ll find eleven songs which embody a variety of shapes and tones.
Rob Young - Urbanflux
A nice mixture of slower-paced and faster material, played well. Bakir does indeed seem to be a young musician "on his way" and I will be interested to see where he takes his talent next.
Brad Walseth - JazzChicago.net
"On My Way" is a solid debut. It's easy to put this music on and just let it play. The voice of the guitar one hears on the opening cut never wavers or falters throughout."
Richard Kamins - Courant