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Emin Fındıkoğlu

Born in Istanbul in 1940, Emin Findikoglu's early musical training was on mellophone. He later studied with renowned Turkish jazz critic Cuneyt Sermet and with Arif Mardin. As a scholarship student at Berklee School of Music, Boston (1962-1966) he majored in composition-arranging, studying with, among others, Herb Pomeroy (scoring), Ray Santisi (piano), John LaPorta (improvisation), Bill Maloof (orchestration), and James Progris (counterpoint). He contributed two arrangements on Mercer Ellington tunes to Berklee LP Vol.8 ( A Tribute To Duke Ellington). Back in Istanbul, he performed as pianist in the quartet of Swedish saxophone giant Lennart Jansson, and founded the jazz club, The Rhythm Section. In the early 1970's he played in dance music groups throughout Europe. His interest in theatre led to posts as music director of the Istanbul production of "Hair" (1971) and the much-acclaimed Brecht-Cabaret (1979), a collage of songs with music by Kurt Weill and Hans Eisler. His passion for writing for wind ensembles led to the formation of groups such as Euphony (1986), and Detente (1999), featuring the leading horn players on the Turkish jazz scene. In 1991 he contributed the opening track to The Wayfarer (Sunnyside Records), an album by the Armen Donelian Sextet. In 1985 he founded the BILSAK International Jazz Festival (the first of it's kind in Istanbul). In 1996 he released the CD "Dog Songs" on Muzikotek label. At MIAM (Istanbul Technical University), in addition to teaching jazz theory, he has formed a jazz ensemble, "Stringsville" with a string quartet as a nucleus. His 2008 venture was a group called "Unique Horns" featuring students from various music institutions in Istanbul. 2010 marks the arrival of his new sextet featuring a soprano saxophone - trombone - bass clarinet front line and introducing the talents of a brand new young vocalist.