Wednesday 20 September • 08:00pm

Jacobins Cloister

Carte blanche jazz

Murat ÖZTÜRK

"His pianistic back-ground and technique demonstrate familiarity with several musical worlds which his specific sensibilities succeed in combining seamlessly. "-Jazz Magazine.

Born in France with a Turkish father and an Italian mother, Murat Öztürk started as a self-taught pianist. His eclectic tastes led him to rock bands, a salsa orchestra and composing jingles for radio advertisements.At 19, he discovered jazz with records by Bill Evans, Oscar Peter-son, Keith Jarrett, etc.This was his first encounter with the great jazz standards. A first record followed with saxophonist Laurent Gianez (Back Home), together with his first concerts in jazz clubs.Feeling the need to study jazz in depth, he then took a one-year course at the Bill Evans Piano Academy in Paris where he had many fruitful encounters, in particular with Bernard Maury, Michel Petrucciani and Clare Fisher.

During that same period, he continued to appear on stage with several bands –Dalia Negra, Orchestre Régional de Lorraine, Pao Quintet... and was a house musician for the jam sessions at the C aveau des Trinitaires in Metz, where he had the opportunity to play with Bruno Toccane, Eric Barret, Emmanuel Codjia, Olivier Ker Ourio, etc.

Inspired by those encounters, he then recorded a second album with Laurent Gianez (Brindille) and a third with the German double bass player Herbert Stengele (Funf). He also played on albums by PAO Quintet (Crépuscule) and guitarist Jean-Pascal Boffo (Parfum d’étoiles).In January 2001, he won the first prize in the "solo jazz piano" category of the Concours Musical de France competition, and in February of the same year he was a finalist in the Lunéville competition for young film music composers, out of more than 45 competitors.