Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sunday, July 22, 2018
Ilhan Saferali

Ilhan Saferali is starting young at getting his name out on the jazz scene.
Ilhan, playing trumpet and piano, has accomplished a lot for himself as a
young musician. Ilhan has played with Grammy award wining musicians such as
Chucho Valdes and has worked with the David Suzuki Foundation for their
ECOmusicology project. Ilhan was recently interviewed about his career and
his music on CBC radio Canada. Ilhan’s playing ability is very versatile;
playing Jazz, Rock, Funk and Latin music. Ilhan's piano style takes from
classic piano players such as Bill Evans and Oscar Peterson and is heavily
influenced by modern jazz players such as Brad Mehldau. Ilhan's notable
accomplishments are, 2017 Fraser McPherson Jazz Fund finalist, 2 time Highest
RCM mark in British Columbia, Scholarship to the Humber jazz workshop, Best
Senior Musician at Kiwianis Jazz festival, and Receiving a 5,000 dollar
scholarship to Berklee School of music 5 week summer intensive 2 years in a
row. Ilhan now composes complex modern jazz arrangements and plays theatres
and halls alike. His sound is very mature and his soloing is undoubtedly
complex for his age. Ilhan regularly gigs around town with students from the
Capilano University jazz program. Ilhan’s peers look up to him as an
inspiration and his teachers look at him as the future of Vancouver and
global jazz scene.

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