DEMONSTRATING A RARE AND DELICATE MIXTURE OF STYLES, ALPER TUZCU MOVES FROM PSYCHEDELIC GUITAR TEXTURES TO ELECTRONIC MUSIC, AND FROM LATIN AMERICAN RHYTHMS TO MEDITERRANEAN MELODIES .
“I always follow the music, and it takes me to different places and people around the world. The music flows on and it already knows what to do, so I just listen to it for what’s next.”
Alper Tuzcu is a composer, guitarist and producer. The globetrotting Turkish musician's sound follows the natural course of the history of guitar from Middle East to Spain (Flamenco) and from there to the grooves of South America (Brazilian Music) and to North America (Jazz). The cosmopolitanism of his music is widely influenced from the rich heritage of Mediterranean cultures he grew up in, especially of Asia Minor. In this way, Alper Tuzcu's music is unmistakably idealistic and full of imagination.
The U.S. based composer have spent the best part of the past 5 years joining dots around the world together in the pursuit different sounds, uniting them through his vision of crossing the borders and blurring the lines between cultures. His engaging performances feature collaborations with his group of close musical friends from all over the world, which won him performances at discerning venues and festivals such as Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy), City of Arts and Sciences (Spain), Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston Turkish Culture and Film Festival, Shapeshifter Lab (New York) and YouBloom Festival (Los Angeles).
Whereas his 2016 debut album ‘Between 12 Waters' was influenced by Flamenco, Chanson and 1920's Rebetiko records, 2018's 'Aurora’ hops east over to India to take inspiration in underdiscovered mystic sounds of the Middle-East, particularly from Asia Minor.
Building upon his education at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he focused on songwriting and music production, he also has been teaching songwriting and music production classes and clinics at prestigious organizations such as Yamaha Music School Valencia, Digital Media Academy (Harvard University and Simmons College campuses) and Mmmmaven.
In 2016, Tuzcu was selected as a voting member to the GRAMMY Awards, The Recording Academy, being the youngest Turkish musician to achieve this distinction. Tuzcu has also recorded twice with multiple GRAMMY winning composer, producer, and flamenco virtuoso Javier Limon (Buika, Paco de Lucia, Mariza, Wynton Marsalis, Bebo & Chucho Valdes).
An alumni of Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with Magna Cum Laude in Bachelor of Music in 2015, Alper Tuzcu is also an alumni of Denison University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree of Economics in 2011.