"Acoustic music with links to Jazz, contemporary and middle eastern music. The sound of Tolga's guitar sometimes resembles that of an ud, reminding one of Renaud Garcia Fonds. The pieces are ambitious, well-worked compositions, that let the music breathe and invite us to a dreamlike travel. Tolga has a very natural, clear sound, and plays inspired improvisations that are disciplined and deeply musical." Francis Couvreux, Etudes Gitanes Francesco Ganassin: bass clarinet Tolga During: guitar, fretless guitar Giuseppe Dimonte: double bass Sjahin During: percussion set
OttoMani (eight hands in Italian) is a new musical project that
blends western contemporary music and Jazz with elements from traditional music from around the Mediterranean sea. The compositions are all written by Tolga During, a Dutch-Turkish guitarist who's currently living in Italy. Although the music is meticulously arranged, there's also much space for improvisation and interplay.
'Tolga is a musician who combines a unique and arresting style with a masterful technique. His music is striking yet remains pure and uncluttered.' Turkish Daily News
'The music of Tolga is beautiful. He has a natural ability to make seem simple what is not simple. Virtuosity and excellent technique are second only to his beautiful melodic phrasing; Tolga is a very recognizable musician: if I hear him on records or on a stage with other 20 guitarists, I distinguish his mood, his sound.' Sasà Calabrese - Peperoncino Jazz
He's at the core of various international ensembles, such as New Landscapes, Rituali, Radici,
Eptagroove, Caravaggio Ensemble, Stephane Casalta, Cihat Askin Ensemble, Andrea Ruggeri
Ensemble, Ottomani, Calicanto, Orchestra Popolare delle Dolomiti, has made over thirty cd's and holds
concerts all over Europe.
He has performed at important jazz and world music festivals: Kaustinen Music Festival, Festival
Interceltico Moana, Nuoro Jazz, Bergamo Jazz, Argini e Margini, Segovia Folk, Tradicionarius Barcelona,
Fira Mediterrania de Manresa, Notte della Taranta, Trad.It! Groningen, Mandopolis, Itinerari Folk, Aplec
Folk, Musikè, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, MITO, Biennale di Venezia, and many others.
In 2009 he was one of the three italian musicians involved in Hattusha project, a workshop on ancient Hittite
music and on the culture of the Mediterranean. Hattusha is an idea of the Middle East Technical
University (Ankara) and Corum Hittite University, supported by other European Universities, and
culminates with a tour all over Europe.
Between 2011 and 2016 he is conductor and arranger of Orchestra Popolare delle Dolomiti, a project
originated by the discovery of an ancient music manuscript in the Dolomite's area.
With Calicanto he wins the Prix Coup de coeur of Academie Charles Cros (Paris – art director Henry
Dutilleux) with the cd “Isole senza mar”, one of the 5 best world music cd's, worldwide, in 2006.
He composes music for theatre (Laura Curino, Titino Carrara, Ermanno Cavazzoni, Sandro Buzzatti,
ecc.) and collaborates with movie soundtracks composers (Henry Wan Man Lai, Nicholas Wright, etc).
guitar, fretless guitar
Tolga was born in Istanbul in 1977 but grew up on a small island in the north of Holland. He started playing classical guitar as a child and when he moved to Amsterdam he started studying Jazz and World Music. His first personal album as a bandleader 'Bohemia' (1999), opened doors to many international festivals like the Montreux Jazz (CH), Pori Jazz (FI), Bansko Jazz Festival (BG) etc. He has made nine CD's as a bandleader and composer, besides his work as a sideman in various formations. His compositions have been used for movies and documentaries all over the world. In 2005 he moved to Italy where he started to work with local musicians, exploring Mediterranean music. He therefore uses a custom-build double-neck guitar, of which one of the necks is fretless.
Bologna Jazz Festival (IT), Royal Albert Hall (UK), Montreux Jazzfestival (CH), International Jazzfestival Terrassa (ES), Shetland Folk festival (UK), Nardis Jazzclub (TU), PIT (NO), Django Festival (PL), Killarney Summerfest (IE), Bansko International Jazz Festival (BG), Mavrovo Winter Festival (MK), Pori International jazz Festival (FI), Pennabilli Django Festival (IT), Calagonone Jazz Festival (IT), Stranger Than Paranoia Festival (NL), Baska Guitar Festival (HR), Ferrara Jazzclub (IT), Ravenna Jazz Festival (IT), Sarzana Acoustic Guitar Meeting (IT), Meer Jazz Festival (NL), Skopje Jazz and Wine (MK), Akbank Istanbul concert series (TU), Paradiso (NL), Bari Jazz Festival (IT)
Giuseppe 'Pippi' Dimonte studies classical music, and the age of 13
plays as a double bass player in various orchestras of classical and popular music including the ONC (National Orchestra of the Conservatories) under the direction of Maestro Franco Piersanti. At the age of 19 he moved to Bologna where he studies jazz and starts an intensive concert activity collaborating with many artists, playing Latin, swing, ethnic and experimental music.
He has played in festivals and clubs in various countries like Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Spain, Romania, France, Poland; has participated in several master classes and competitions, winning prizes and scholarships both as a performer and as a composer.
After collaborations in various albums as sideman, in 2014 he debuts with his first work as a leader"Morning Session" (FonoFabrique,
2014), followed by "Hieronymus" (FonoFabrique, 2016) and "Trio Mezcal "(Majara, 2018).
He has played with: Adrien Moignard, Sebastien Giniaux, Antoine Boyer, Duved Dunayevsky, Adama Bilorou, Nilza Costa and many others.
In 2017 the New York jazz magazine Bird is the Worm rates him among the 7 most interesting bass players of the international jazz scene
for the publication of "Hieronymus".
Fara Jazz Fest (IT), Tuscia Jazz Festival (IT), Sibiu Jazz Festival (RO), Bucharest Jazz Festival (RO), Cluj Napoka Jazz Fest (RO), Jazz
Maastricht (NL), Stranger than Paranoia (NL), Johnny Raducanu Jazz Festival (RO), Wroclaw Jazz Festival (PL).
Sjahin During - percussion set (NL/TR)
Sjahin has been founder Mundus Productions and artistic leader of many renowned groups which toured worldwide such as Namibian Tales, Arifa & Voices from the East, Afro Anatolian Tales, Tarhana, Turqumstances and Bayuba Cante. He is a producer and teacher of world music, specialized in percussion at various conservatories. During has studied with masters in Havana, Cuba to Istanbul, Turkey as well as India, Spain and Africa. Performed worldwid in more than 50 countries at major jazz and world music festivals.
Collaborations with artists such as Theodosii Spassov, Arto Tunçboyaciyan, Aynur, Osama Abdulrasol, Naseer Shamma, Brenna MacCrimmon, Lakha Khan, Ghalia Benali, Anga Edmare Castaneda, Jorge Reyes, Pedro Luis Ferrer, Claron Mcfadden , Asko – Schönberg Ensemble, Martin Fondse, Harmen Franje, Eric Vloeimans, Alex Simu, Mola Sylla, Franz von Chossy, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Les Ballets C. de la B.)
Festivals & Venues: North Sea Jazz Festival, Jarasum Jazz festival, Shangai World Music Frestival, Bimhuis, Concertgebouw-Amsterdam, Kennedy Art Centre USA, Havana Jazz F -Cuba, Nuits de Afrique – Montreal, Barbican’s Transcender Festival UK, London Jazz Festival, Garana Jazz festival, Moods Zurich, Glatt & Verkehrt Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Rhythms of the World – Toronto, Halifax Atlantic Jazz Festival, Tradition du Monde – Quebec, Banff Art Centre, Istanbul Akbank Jazz Festival, Babylon, Rajaststan Folk Festival, Ollin Kan Mexico, Dubai Jazz, Cairo Jazz Festival, Music Meeting Festival, Paradiso, de Doelen, Vredeburg, Heineken Music Hall.
CD "Gelibolu" (Visage Music 2018, distributed by Materiali Sonori)
05/08/2018 Eco della Musica Festival - Bologna
10/06/2018 Circolo Operaio, Rovereto
A selection of Tolga’s concert history:
Bologna Jazz Festival (IT)
Royal Albert Hall (UK)
Montreux Jazzfestival (CH)
Fano Jazzfestival (IT)
International Jazzfestival Terrassa (ES)
Django Reinhardt Festival Torino (IT)
Shetland Folk festival (UK)
Nardis Jazzclub (TU)
Alto Adige Jazzfestival (IT)
SJU Jazzpodium (NL)
Django Festival (PL)
Killarney Summerfest (IE)
Bansko International Jazz Festival (BG)
Mavrovo Winter Festival (MK)
Pori International jazz Festival (FI)
Pennabilli Django Festival (IT)
Calagonone Jazz Festival (IT)
Stranger Than Paranoia Festival (NL)
Baska Guitar Festival (HR)
Ferrara Jazzclub (IT)
Ravenna Jazz Festival (IT)
Artusi Jazzfestival (IT)
Breda Jazz Festival (NL)
La Stanza della Musica Rai Tre (IT)
Sarzana Acoustic Guitar Meeting (IT)
Meer Jazz Festival (NL)
Skopje Jazz and Wine (MK)
Akbank Istanbul concert series (TU)
Veszprem Utcazene (HU)
Bari Jazz Festival (IT)