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“Big Baba Bass” Esat Ekincioglu (1990) picked up the bass guitar at the age 12 to play Blink-182 in order to impress a girl who wanted to play drums. He couldn’t manage to accomplish either.

 

Esat spent the following years playing in all sorts of bands from musicals to heavy metal to Turkish pop. However, he has never played in any latin bands; nor is he ever planning to.

 

Since making his first bucks playing the bass on a wavy booze cruise on the Bosphorus, he decided to become a full-time musician. While actively playing in the Istanbul bar scene in his late teens, he tried to save his future by getting a valid university degree, which didn’t work out. Inspired by The Roots somewhere in that period, he picked up the double bass. You read it right, The Roots; not some jazz-dude.

 

Burning all the bridges, Esat moved to the Netherlands in 2011 to study jazz at the Prince Claus Conservatorium in Groningen; where he [barely] mastered the instrument and learned to enjoy jazz, improvisation and booking. He won the “North European Jazz Talent Contest” as a soloist in 2014 and spent 1/4 of his earnings right there and then by buying the entire venue drinks. The senselessly-big trophy he was awarded broke in half the same night, due to a bike accident at 6am.

 

The Netherlands has been kind to Esat [so far]. His concert agenda was (and still is) pretty full throughout his studies. He even had a brief period where he lost weight and felt sexy. He graduated in 2015 and continued on to the Masters program the following year. Esat just managed to graduate from that as well and has vowed to never to study in an institution ever again.

 

Esat has toured and played in Turkey (duh), Greece, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Latvia, Lithuania, France, USA, Denmark, Israel, Austria. He cannot prove it; but he has, for sure, played more than 1000 concerts in his career. Maybe even 2000.

 

At the fragile age of 27, Esat is still residing in Groningen. He loves cooking, is allergic to cats and rabbits, and owns a big blue van named Günther.

PROJECTS

KUHN FU

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Ziv Taubenfeld – bass clarinet
Christian Kuehn – el. guitar
Esat Ekincioglu – double bass
George Hadow – drums


AVA Trio

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Esat Ekincioglu – double bass

VIDEOS

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

17 Dec 2017 AVA Trio Groningen, NL Stichting Jazz Groningen @ Brouwerij Martinus Stichting Jazz Groningen @ Brouwerij Martinus
28 Jan 2018 KUHN FU Münster, DE CUBA CUBA
30 Jan 2018 KUHN FU Münich, DE Unterfahrt Unterfahrt
31 Jan 2018 KUHN FU Göppingen, DE Jazzclub Göppingen Jazzclub Göppingen
01 Feb 2018 KUHN FU Linz, AT Arthouse Arthouse
04 Feb 2018 KUHN FU Sarreguemines, FR Brasserie Terminus Brasserie Terminus
04 Feb 2018 KUHN FU Basel, CH Renee Renee
05 Feb 2018 KUHN FU Mainz, DE Schon Schön Schon Schön
06 Mar 2018 KUHN FU Krakow, PL PIEC ART ACOUSTIC JAZZ CLUB PIEC ART ACOUSTIC JAZZ CLUB
07 Mar 2018 KUHN FU BIELSKO-BIAŁA, PL Rude Boy Rude Boy
09 Mar 2018 KUHN FU Budapest, HU Opus Jazz Club Opus Jazz Club
18 Mar 2018 EVA
12 Apr 2018 AVA Trio Torino, IT TBA TBA
18 Apr 2018 AVA Trio Marostica, IT Panic Jazz Club Panic Jazz Club
22 Apr 2018 AVA Trio Basel, CH Renee Renee
14 May 2018 Solo Concert Amsterdam, NL Huis de Pinto Huis de Pinto
16 May 2018 KUHN FU Granada, ES ASOCIACIÓN OOL-YA-KOO ASOCIACIÓN OOL-YA-KOO
27 May 2018 AVA Trio Brugge, BE Parazzar Parazzar
07 Jul 2018 AVA Trio Bredevoort, NL Koppelkerk Koppelkerk

Past Shows

15 Dec 2017 AVA Trio Rotterdam, NL Dizzy Dizzy
14 Dec 2017 AVA Trio Utrecht, NL Aleph Bookstore Aleph Bookstore
13 Dec 2017 AVA Trio Amsterdam, NL Splendor Splendor
11 Dec 2017 AVA Trio Den Haag, NL De Gekke Geit De Gekke Geit
09 Dec 2017 KUHN FU Groningen, NL Atelier Il Sole in Cantina Atelier Il Sole in Cantina

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