One of the foremost pianists of Turkey, Ayse Tutuncu first got in touch with music at the age of 5. Two years later, she began to study the piano where she was first exposed to chamber music.
In 1983 she formed her first group ‘Mozaik’, as a reference to the cultural and daily wealth of the society she lives in. Up until 1995, they made four albums. Mozaik’s music was a fusion of rock, European classical music, jazz, and ethnic roots. In 1999 Tütüncü formed her second group ‘Ayşe Tütüncü Piano & Percussion Group’ and released the band’s first album, ‘ Variations ‘. The group consists of piano, bass clarinet and percussions and offers a playful blend of Jazz and ethnic sounds. The band has performed at prestigious festivals like North Sea Jazz, Talos, and Traumzeit Festival. Then in 2005, Ayse formed a Trio. The interplay of bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, and piano created unique polyphonic melodies. Trio’s album ‘Carnivalesque’ was released worldwide by the famous jazz label ‘Blue Note Records’.
A successful tour followed, including concerts at London Jazz Festival, Bimhuis, Zagreb Spring and Akbank Jazz Festival in Istanbul, Padua Porsche Jazz Festival, and many more. In 2008, nine years of not recording with ‘Piano & Percussion Band’ they released yet another album on Blue Note called ‘ Seven Places, Seven Skies ‘. The album was well-acknowledged by fans and critics. Today, Ayse often performs with her quartet, a combination of the piano percussion band & her trio. Together they play new compositions and tour successfully through Turkey and Europe.
Ayse definitely leaves her own musical fingerprint behind. She offers playful compositions with a great blend of jazz, European and classical music. Skilled in tonality and musical infrastructure, she is a great storyteller with her music, which is partly written but usually gives enough room for improvisation.