An International Jazz Artist
IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT MUSIC ON TURKISH AIRLINES' PLANES NOW INCLUDES ALBUMS SELECTED BY WORLD-RENOWNED JAZZ ARTIST İLHAN ERŞAHIN. WE TALKED WITH HIM ABOUT MUSIC AND THE CITIES HE HAS VISITED.
Q: You’re playing in various festivals at the moment. How is it going? What kind of audience response are you getting?
A: Yes, lately I have been playing in clubs and festivals around the world. It's been busy, but it's a blessing to be able to travel the world and do what you like to do. Since June, I’ve been in Spain, Italy, France, Romania, Slovenia, Ukraine, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Greece, New York City and Turkey. I really loved every single place, and we had fun playing in all of them. Lately I’ve been playing either with my own projects, Wax Poetic and İlhan Erşahin's İstanbul Sessions, or with Bugge’n Friends, a new band started by Bugge Wesseltoft with Erik Truffaz, Joaquin “Joe” Claussell, Erik Holm, Marius Reksjø, Andreas Bye and me.
Q: You travel a lot and you’ve seen many cities. What distinguishes Istanbul from other cities in your opinion?
A: Istanbul to me is a bit like New York City or São Paulo. Basically, it’s a big mess. But inside the mess there is lots of beauty and many creative people that make the city come to life. Of course, the natural beauty of Istanbul is hard to find elsewhere, although in my opinion too many buildings are going up too fast. It's very important to keep the good old Istanbul alive and intact.
Q: About a year ago you moved Nublu to Karaköy. Are you happy with your new venue?
A: Yes, I am happy with the space. I think it’s a great alternative to the other live venues in Istanbul. Karaköy is an up-and-coming neighborhood and I’m very excited to see what it will become. The whole story of why and how we moved there is really a coincidence. A friend of mine, Levent Özçelik, was opening a hotel. We have a basement, he said, we’ll either open a spa or maybe a club. I said, of course, open Nublu. Set it up and I’ll come and help and do the programming. We’re in our second year now.