The new release
OCEAN OF EMOTION
The Istanbul Orchestra – TURQUOISE – Atilla Engin
All music composed and/or arranjed by Atilla Engin
The Istanbul Orchestra and the smaller group TURQUOISE alike, consist of brilliant-New York City Jazz-recording artists with multiple cultural backgrounds.
Atilla Engin who is the arranger-composer, conducter and percussionist himself, is also the founder of these two unique groups which brings large variety of eastern, middle-eastern influences into his music.
Ethnic World Jazz/Fusion he calls it.
“These two multinational-multicultural groups with divine impulses, will take you anywhere you want to be, by putting your imagination at work.
Their music will reiterate the long forgotten dreams, one once has had. It will reach deeper inside our senses and will refresh true, unpolluted feelings of humanity, which are being suppressed dramatically in today's world.
You hear the music and feel the texture of the nuances of life itself.
The diversity of a multi-cultural society is in a wave-length with the soul of a daring thinker! This unique match has the ability to present true, unedited, improvisational performances with passion...” says Atilla when he talks about the members of THE ISTANBUL ORCHESTRA and TURQUOISE which are some of the finest-improvisational godfathers of NYC with their unique style and creativity.
THE ISTANBUL ORCHESTRA
Conducted by Atilla Engin
DAN JORDAN – Sopr. Sax ~~ AYGEN BILGE – Vocals
RAY IPPOLITO – Guitar ~~ RAVE TESAR – Piano
A Cutting Edge Ethnic World Jazz Fusion Big Orchestra
With Unique Stories Connecting To Nuances Of Life
Atilla Engin – Percussion, arranger-composer, band leader, conductor
See attached bio.
Gilad – Percussion, effects
Percussion, effects. Gilad is a renown performer/recording artist from Israel. Played with many noticeable artists around the world including Al Di Meola.
Aaron Comess - Drums
Aaron Comess is a founding member of the multi platinum, grammy nominated, world famous group SPIN DOCTORS, which has performed around the world and on many world
broadcasted TV shows including Dave Letterman, Jay Leno, Saturday night live and many others. He has one top drumming polls in Modern Drummer and Down Beat magazine. He also appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone and Modern Drummer magazine, as well as many more featured articles. Aaron has performed and produced many other records with other artists.
He produced and played on records by Joan Osborne, Isaach Hayes, Deanna Kirk, Bilal, Texas Slim, Ivan Neville and many more. He has played on records by Marc Cohen, Erik Triton, Wood, Laura Dawn.
Aaron is the member of THE ISTANBUL ORCHESTRA since its start, led by percussion virtuoso Atilla Engin.
Ray Ippolito - Guitar
Guitar, composer, arranger, recording artist. Along with leading his own fusion quintet, “The Ippolito Principle, Ray’s performing/recording/teaching career has taken him from New York to Japan and everywhere in between stylistically ranging from Fusion, World, R&B, Rock and Blues.
Stephan Crump – Upright Bass, el. bass
Upright Bass, Electric Bass. Stephan is on the most talented and used bass players in New York. He was hired by the Tommy Dorsey Band and toured the U.S. and Canada. Traveling both with his own “Stephan Crump Quintet” and other artists. He released two CDs of his own.
Rave Tesar – Piano
Rave has also toured and recorded with many groups and band leaders including:
The Shirelle's , Tirez Tirez, Charlie Rouse, Steve Marcus, Dave Pike, Annie Haslam, and Renaissance. In addition to his keyboard skills, Rave is also a composer, arranger, and record producer with a catalogue of over seven hundred pieces for film and television. Rave currently appears as a featured artist in the PBS television series ‘Exploring the World of Music.' He received remarkable rewievs for his latest album with his trio called “You Decide
Dan Jordan – Tenor, soprano sax - Flute
Saxes, flutes, recording artist. One of the most talented and tasteful saxophone players in Jazz, Jazz-Fusion world. He performed with some of the world's best known recording artists-performers; to be named: Natalie Cole, Maynard Ferguson, Elvin Jones, Don Cherry, Jimmy Smith, Charlie Haden, Slide Hampton, Woody Herman Big Band, Barry Manilow
Lauren Sevian - Baritone Sax
Lauren Sevian is a freelance musician working in the NYC area. She has played with Diva, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, the Benny Goodman orchestra, the JC Hopkins Biggish Band, singer Liz Winick, the Elephunk Band.
Dan Willis – Tenor, soprano sax - Oboe
He is one of the most after sought, critically acclaimed Jazz composer/saxophonists in New York.
He also plays at Broadway shows. Touring with his own “Dan Willis Group” which just released his second CD as a leader, “Hand to Mouth” (A-Records.)
Dan was recently mentioned in the New York Times, Jazziz magazine.
Chuck MacKinnon - Trumpet, flugelhorn, and effects
A New York trumpet player, currently touring with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and staying very active on the New York and San Francisco music scenes. He has performed with the likes of Joe Henderson, James Moody, Randy Brecker, John Stubblefied, Eddie Henderson, the Village Vanguard Orchestra, the Sam Rivers' Big Band, Peter Apfelbaum, and Josh Roseman. He has toured the USA with the Jet Set Six, and toured Europe with the Groove Collective.
Kevin Bryan – Lead Trumpet
Since settling in New York, he has worked with a host of jazz and pop luminaries, including Dave Valentin, Cleo Laine, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Tony Vega, and latin pop superstar La India. In addition, he worked frequently with the late, great Mambo King Tito Puente, performing on his Grammy award winning album "Mambo Birdland." Since the dawn of the new millenium, he has been collaborating with Atilla and the musicians of the Istanbul Orchestra to bring the richness of Anatolian music to New York audiences. As a lead trumpet player, he is known to Broadway shows too.
Andrew Lippman – Trombone
He has played with Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. His big band credits includes Toshiko Akiyoshi, Mingus BigBand.
He performed with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Buddy Miles, Donald Fagen, Tito Puente, Dizzy Gilespie, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Natalie Cole, Roy Haynes, Lionel Hampton, George Sharing, Jack Jones, Etta Jones, Gloria Gaynor, Spin Doctors, Al Cooper, Chaka Khan, Paquito Guzman, Vitti Ruiz, La Solucion, Higher Lion, Isaac Haile Selassie, Zin and more.
Aygen Bilge – Vocals
Aygen is from Istanbul/TURKEY. Her beautiful voice and interpretation made a great difference by elevating the spirit of Atilla’s music. Her latest work Änadolu Sevdamiz” with a famous Turlish Rock star Ersen Dinleten made a resonance in Turkish music scene.
A Cutting Edge Ethnic World Jazz Fusion Big Orchestra
With Unique Stories Connecting To Nuances Of Life
Atilla Engin: Percussionist, composer, arranger, conductor, educator, multicultural-recording artist with 15 Albums and countless cultural projects behind.
He started state-run jazz conservatory in Denmark with other distinctive, world renown performers AND Jazz recording artists such as Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen, Ed Thigpen and more. Atilla Engin Group were sent to Turkey by Danish State in conjunction with The European Music year 1985. He was named "The composer of the year in Denmark in 1985 to write the opening act for the biggest rock festival event in Europe namely "Roskilde Festival."
Atilla Engin Group recorded/broadcasted with Royal Danish Radio symphony Orchestra (Entertainment) where they played Turkish folk songs and Atilla's original compositions arranged by Atilla.
In 1987 Atilla's student big band TYRKIS from Copenhagen won the first price at Big Band Festival in Dortmund.
He played with Zakir Hussein, Trilok Gurtu, Airto, Ed Thigpen, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen, Nana Vasconzelos, Butch Lacy (Sarah Waughan) & more...
He received Grants from Danish State for years for his cultural activities – including in 1989 him and his Copenhagen Royal Jazz Conservatory Band was sent to Turkey by the Danish Ministry of Culture & Education - in cooperation with TRT (Turkish Radio Television,) the Turkish Ministry of Culture and the mayors of three big cities, namely Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. His last concert was at the Ataturk Culture Center in Istanbul where Istanbul Radio Big Band and Copenhagen Jazz Conservatory student Big Band performed together conducted by Atilla.
He participated a great, drums and percussion festival in India called “Tal Vadya Utsav” with two other well-known Turkish percussionist, namely Okay Temiz and Burhan Oçal.
He formed a drums and percussion festival run between the years 1986-1989 in Copenhagen called WORLD TO WORLD where many renowned world artists participated such as Airto Moreira, Nana Vasconcelos, Zakir Hussain to name few.
Atilla left Denmark for New York in 1989.
He then formed these two original groups, The Istanbul Orchestra and TURQUOISE in New York City.
GILAD: Percussion, effects.
Gilad is a renown performer/world-recording artist from Israel. Played with many noticeable artists around the world including Al Di Meola.
He is not only a true master of himself but also a master of music and percussion instruments. He is a World artist who can patch and paint any percussive movement, any musical idea with such an artistry at utmost level which becomes a story of its own which you feel in the bottom of your heart. As I created the words "Fusion is The Future," Gilad is the living example as a performer who designs any momental atmosphere in a heart beat and he makes your musical journey richer. Since more than ten years I've known him, he always made my music come forth and made TURQUOISE shine, brilliantly.
Adam Klipple: Keyboards, composer, arranger, recording artist. He has been described
as “a standout pianist who has gone to school on McCoy Tyner and Cecil Taylor and
earned his degree.” Participates festivals around the world.
Ray Ippolito: Guitar, composer, arranger, recording artist leading his own fusion quintet “The Ippolito Principle.” His style is ranging from Fusion, World, R&B, Rock and Blues.
Dan Jordan: Saxes, flutes, recording artist. He is one of the most tasteful saxophone
players in the Jazz-Fusion world. He performed with some of the world's best known
recording artists-performers to be named: Natalie Cole, Maynard Ferguson, Elvin
Jones, Don Cherry, Jimmy Smith, Charlie Haden, Slide Hampton, Woody Herman.
Dan Jordan is such a gifted jazz recording artist, who creates his unique melodies coming from his passionate soul, each and every time he takes the stage. His velvety-soft sounding saxophone reflects the rich nature of a human fully connected to its senses. He is an affluent man of no short order of dreams of his own ...to share with audience, LIVE.
He is one of the most talented-genius improvisers I have ever known. He makes you travel in your own world. He puts your imagination at work while your musical journey takes off. You feel your heart and soul and mind totally liberated while listening to Dan. Listen to Yemen Türküsü, you'll understand.
He lifted the spirit of TURQUOISE and I am profoundly proud of him. Like GILAD, I call him a real friend of a life-time
Stephan Crump: Electric-Acoustic Bass. Stephan is on the most used bass players in New York. He played with Tommy Dorsey Band, Billy Hart.
Frank Colon: An another master-renowned world percussionist which I have great love and respect. His spirituality connected to his senses makes any music lifted.
John Kruth: A unique instrumentalist plays any string and woodwind instrument masterly.