The World premiere of Op 20 Vocalise No.2 in C minor
Soprano Jenny Greene,
1:00PM, Sunday, March 24,
at the Jan Hus Church, 351 East 74th Street, New York
The World Premiere of Op.8 Flute Partita in A minor
Flutist Jacqueline Martelle
1:00PM, Sunday, May 12
the Jan Hus Church, 351 East 74th Street, New York
"[Has] a unique voice on the bass. I was particularly impressed with his intuitive style, and his remarkable proficiency on the piano."
- Lincoln Goines
"I first worked with Bugra in the Advanced Performance Program (APP). I was immediately impressed with Bugra’s extraordinary technique"
- Bob Quaranta
"Beside extraordinary technique and feeling on the bass, he also has remarkable piano technique and meritorious ability in Jazz and Classical composition."
- Kim Plainfield
"Passionate, very musical, creative. He’s already found his own voice one the bass and has a highly developed approach to the bass. He’s well rounded as a musician, on bass, and piano, and composition."
- Lonnie Plaxico
"Bugra is the future of the bass."
-Vinx Jon Parrette
Bugra Balci is an electric, acoustic bassist, and composer. Bugra has performed in Turkey, Europe, and the US. He has had the honor to play with musicians such as Bob Quaranta, Robert Schoosleitner, Vinx De'Jon Parrette, Kim Plainfield, Ian Rapien, Alessandro Sgobbio, Gregorio Ferrarese, Nicola Pannarale. He has recorded 4 albums so far including Alessandro Sgobbio and Pete Jung.
Born in 1986, he started studying Classical composition, piano, and music theory at the age of 12 under Huseyin Cebi, who introduced him to composers such as Prokofiev, Bach, Bartok, and Schoenberg.
He later chose electric and acoustic bass in order to become familiar with Jazz music. Through the hard work of self-teaching, he started touring nationally in Turkey with bass guitar during his high school and university years, and won the Yamaha Best Electric Bass Player Award of Turkey in 2008.
At Dokuz Eylul University, he studied Classical piano with Esin Durmaz and Classical harmony with Professor Turgut Aldemir. He also studied double bass under Kursat And. In the summer of 2007, he received full scholarship to attend Italy's Siena Jazz, where he studied with Pietro Leveratto, Furio Di Castri, Stefano Zenni, and Massimo Manzi. He also received full summer scholarship to Berklee College of Music in 2009 and studied under Lincoln Goines and Bruce Gertz with improvisation as the focus.
In 2010 he moved to New York to study at The Collective School of Music in the Advanced Program and became the program's substitute bass instructor upon graduation. Later, he decided to pursue a Masters degree in Jazz at Queens College. He also started his composition career and his piece “Metamorphosis in 60 seconds” was selected for premier in Chicago by PianoForte Foundation this year.
Now residing in New York, Bugra is finishing his last year at Queens College while actively composing and performing in the city.
One must examine music universally and not restrict themselves to specific genres or time periods in order to be an effective musician. However, given the timeless statue of Classical music and the improvisational freedom of Jazz, they will used as principle use cases in this writing to explore the methods in playing more effectively, in particular, with acoustic and electric bass.