October 09, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Ece Göksu Quartet will perform in concert Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.  The quartet features Ece Göksu, vocals; Can Çankaya, piano; Scott Colberg, bass; and Dan Pugach, drums.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the continuing Jazz at Bucknell series.

Jazz vocalist and pianist Ece Göksu was born in Ankara, Turkey, in a family of musicians; her father is an opera singer/director and her mother is the principal harpist of Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra. She began taking private piano lessons when she was 5. Goksu's first professional step in her musical career was joining the Ankara State Opera and Ballet's Children Choir where she had performed in many operas such as "Tosca" and "La Boheme" and also participated in Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana."

After finishing elementary school in New York City, her family returned to Turkey and she entered Hacettepe University State Conservatory's piano department in 1993 where she had many recitals, chamber music concerts and performed with the H.U. State Conservatory's orchestra. She attended master classes with world renowned pianists Aysegul Sarica and Huseyin Sermet. She has a wide repertoire in classical music from J.S. Bach to O. Messiaen.

In 2002 she moved to Istanbul and transferred to Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory, graduating from the piano department. She began singing in jazz clubs and performed in the International Istanbul Jazz Festival and International Afyon Jazz Festivals. She also participated in concerts in Dubai and Budapest.

In 2007 Göksu was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and studied jazz vocal performance with Nancy Marano in William Paterson University in New Jersey, where she earned her Master of Music degree. During her education in WPU she gave recitals and participated in big band concerts. She also studied with Mulgrew Miller, Richard DeRosa and Cecil Bridgewater.

Göksu recorded her debut album, "Masal" (Fairy Tale) in 2012 which is released by A.K.Müzik in Turkey. She also participated in Yavuz Akyazici Project's first album, "Turkish Standards Vol. 1" in 2011. She lives in New York and Istanbul, giving concerts and teaching jazz vocal and piano.

The Jazz at Bucknell series presents international modern masters and young visionaries, showcasing the entire tradition of jazz, from standards to the avant-garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition.

The fall concert series, all of which are scheduled for Bucknell Hall, includes Jeremy Siskind's "Finger-Songwriter" Project with Nancy Harms and Lucas Pino on Nov. 6; and the Bucknell Jazz Christmas concert with Steve Rudolph and Friends on Dec. 4.

The spring concert schedule includes the Kate McGarry Duo on Jan. 29; the Eastman Jazz Quartet on Feb. 26; the Matt Mitchell Trio with Chris Speed on March 5; and Jason Moran and the Bandwagon (co-sponsored with the Weis Center) on April 17.