Önder Focan

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Önder Focan
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Born (1955-08-24) August 24, 1955 (age 68)
EducationJazz ensembles
Alma materIstanbul Academy
  • Musician
  • Songwriter
  • Composer
Years active1970–present
Spouse(s)Zuhal Focan
Önder Focan
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  • Guitar
  • Mandolin

Önder Focan (Born 1955,8,24)[1]. Is an Turkish musician, songwriter, composer[2] and mechanical engineer.[3] He has 13 albums. He played at Jazz Festivals around the world.[4][5][6][7]

Early life

Focan started playing mandolin at the age of eight. At the age of 15 he switched to the guitar and has concentrated on jazz since 1975. The self-taught artist has released 13 albums under his own name since 1994.[8][9] [10][11] After attending seminars at the International Association of Jazz Educators[12] , he led courses for jazz ensembles at the Istanbul Academy from 1996. Then he taught at the Müjdat Gezen Cultural Center and at the Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi.[13]

Music career

In 1997 he performed with Jan Ackermann, Wolfgang Muthspiel , Terje Rypdal , Noël Akchoté , Harald Haerter and other guitarists at the MIDEM Guitar Night in Istanbul.[14][15] In 1998 he was the first Turkish musician to record an album for Blue Note Records[16] , Beneath the Stars with Bill Stewart and the organist Sam Yahel . In 2001 he was in the recording studio with David Friesen to record the album Reminescence . In 2003 he recorded the album Spontaneous International Friends for Konnex Records with Ernst Bier and Stefan Weeke . Drummer Bier had already accompanied a Turkey tour with the Önder Focan Quartet in 1997.[17] He also appeared with Ron McClure[18] , Aaron Scott[19] , Al Foster[20] , Brian Lynch[21] , Ted Curson[22] and Anne Czichowsky[23] . Focan has given concerts at festivals in North America, Europe, West Africa, Brazil and the Middle East.

With his wife Zuhal Focan, he founded the Nardis Jazz Club in Istanbul's Beyoğlu district in 2002.[24] In addition to Turkish musicians, numerous international jazz stars such as Benny Golson, Dianne Reeves , Al Foster, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roy Haynes and Ron Carter have performed there.[25] The name "Nardis" refers to a composition by Miles Davis.[26] The concept of the club is open to all varieties of jazz. The musician's wife, Zuhal Focan, is also editor-in-chief of the glossy magazine Jazz , which is published quarterly in Turkish and English.[27]


Focan endorses Hofner, Godin, Eastman and Peerless guitars and uses AER alpha amps.[28]


  • Songbook (2012)
  • 36mm Biometric (2009)
  • Swing A La Turc (2007)
  • Kırmızıya Çalıyor (2005)
  • Reminisce (2003)
  • Spontaneous Int.Jazz Friends (2003)
  • Standard A La Turc (2001)
  • Vocalists (1999)
  • Beneath the Stars (1998)
  • On The Bosphorus (1997)
  • Sekiz (1996)
  • Erken (1995)
  • Jazz Guitar (1994)

In the media


External links


  1. "Önder Focan". turkishculture. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  2. "Turquazz: Funkbook A La Turc at 606 Club". london.jazznearyou.com. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  3. "Pori, festivalde İskandinavya'nın caz merkezine dönüşür". hurriyet.com.tr. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  4. "Önder Focan & Şallıel Bros "Funkbook"". akbanksanat.com.
  5. "ONDER FOCAN & SHALLIEL Bros". bakujazzfestival.com.
  6. "Turquazz Festival: Poetry & Jazz (Önder Focan)". list.co.uk. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  7. "Posts tagged with "Önder Focan"". jazzdergisi.com.
  8. "Discography". Discogs. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  9. "Discography". All music. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  10. "Discography from official site". Focanjazz. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  11. "Discography". rateyourmusic.com.
  12. "Blindfold with Önder Focan". jazzdergisi.com. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  13. "Onder Focan". turquazz.org. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  14. "A Mystery is Unlocked Every Time You Listen to Music". jazzdergisi.com. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  15. ""Boğaz"da Önder Focan'ın müziğinde bir sıçrama". milliyet.com.tr/.
  16. "Basla gitar buluştu anılarını konuştu". hurriyet.com.tr. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  17. Ernst Bier Biographie: 1997
  18. "Festival year 2002 Önder Focan Ensemble". historia.porijazz.fi. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  19. "Yabangee Weekend Roundup: Friday 14 – Sunday 16 Apri". yabangee.com. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  20. "Enjoy Baku Summer Jazz Days with Onder Focan". menafn.com. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  21. "Önder Focan / Ajlan Büyükburç, Sibel Köse, Aydın Kahya, Slide Hampton, Brian Lynch, Bruce Barth, Doug Weiss, Hugh Sicotte ‎– Tunes Sung By The Vocalists". discogs.com.
  22. "Festival Nõmme Jazz 2006". nommejazz.ee.
  23. "VITA". annesingsjazz.com. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  24. "Zuhal Focan". Jazzdergisi.com.
  25. "Nardis Jazz Club: Wonderful Jazz". thejazzspotlight.com.
  26. Brief description of the club at LonelyPlanet
  27. Türkei: Die Ohren nach Westen, Reportage von Maxi Sickert in Die Zeit vom 28. Juli 2006, abgerufen 30. Januar 2015
  28. "Biography". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2 March 2020.

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