TURKISH-BORN COMPOSER, SONGWRITER, PRODUCER, SINGER & GUITARIST ALPER TUZCU MOVES FROM JAZZ TO FLAMENCO, FROM TURKISH FOLK TUNES TO COLOMBIAN CUMBIA AND BOSSA NOVA.
Tuzcu's first album “Between 12 Waters” was released through Palma Records In 2016. Critically acclaimed by the media around the world including United States, Spain, Italy, Netherlands and Turkey, the album, which consists of 12 songs influenced from 12 different cultures. Among the reviews, Hürriyet the top selling daily national newspaper in Tuzcu's native country Turkey, simply stated: “Here’s our calling to anyone who would like to listen good music and to discover someone who’s likely to make his mark in the coming years: Follow Alper Tuzcu.”
In 2016, Tuzcu was selected as a voting member to the GRAMMY Awards, The Recording Academy, being the youngest Turkish musician in the history to achieve this distinction. During January 2017 - May 2017, Tuzcu became the music director and producer of the audiobook of GRAMMY voting member/Berklee College of Music student Valerie Giglio’s book “Singing in My Own Key”, which was positively reviewed by the Boston Globe. The audiobook is to be submitted to GRAMMY Awards in 2018 under ‘Best Spoken Word’ category.
In 2014 and 2015, Mr. Tuzcu was invited twice to record with multiple GRAMMY winning composer, producer, and flamenco virtuoso Javier Limon (Buika, Paco de Lucia, Mariza, Wynton Marsalis, Bebo & Chucho Valdes). Moreover, in 2012 and 2013, he has starred at one of the most distinguished music festivals in the world, Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy.
Tuzcu also expanded his music career with duo project Ark by touring in Spain and United States and releasing their 2016 debut EP: "Lately". The duo was not only widely featured in local American media, including the Emmy nominated "502 Sessions" at Dedham TV and WEMF FM; but also on international media as well. The duo has been performing at venues such as Hard Rock Cafe Boston, Sidewalk in New York and YouBloom Festival in Los Angeles. Additionally, as a solo artist Tuzcu has performed in events such as “Boston Turkish Cultural Festival” at Institute of Contemporary Art-Boston, Goethe-Institut Boston and Multicultural Center Cambridge.
As an educator, Tuzcu has been leading music production projects at Harvard University in 2016 and 2017, as an instructor and as a content developer. During Summer 2017, Tuzcu has been a lead instructor of music production courses at Harvard University, under the Digital Media Academy program. In October 2016, Tuzcu taught songwriting and music production masterclasses at Colombo, Sri Lanka at Sooriya Village and at Royal College.
Tuzcu also has been leading several music production projects at Emmy-winner audio companyiZotope, and he is currently a music marketing consultant and writer for Adva Mobile.
Tuzcu is an alumni of Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with Magna Cum Laude in 2015, and an alumni of Denison University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree of Economics in 2011.