Acclaimed pianist and composer Bilge Günaydın will showcase her jazz, Mediterranean and contemporary-influenced music alongside special guests at APAP!
Bilge Günaydın: Piano, vocal
Will Holshouser: Accordion
Marty Kenney: Bass
“Turkish pianist, keyboard player, composer and arranger Bilge Günaydın showcases her talents on Daydreams, her debut release. It’s an impressive first outing for the young musician—stylistically wide-ranging, moving from laid-back melody to drama and mystery, and beautifully performed by the musicians.”
Bruce Lindsay – All About Jazz
“–The main reason is the evocative pulling-power of Bilge’s compositions. They charm the listener with quirky harmonic turns, melodic imagination and variety in the arrangements.”
Francesco Martinelli – All About Jazz
Bilge Günaydın is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader based in NYC. She holds a Master of Music degree in jazz composition from William Paterson University, where she earned a full scholarship and studied with renowned musicians such as Bill Charlap, Pete McGuinness, Steve Nelson, Ed Neumeister, and many others. Günaydın is a BMI Jazz Composers participant and ISJAC member. In 2020, her debut album “Daydreams” was released by Turkish label Ada Music and Japanese label Inpartmaint by receiving acclaim from “All About Jazz” as “an impressive first outing with charming compositions and melodic imagination.” Her second album “Sketches of Green” with guitarist Cenk Erdoğan and bass player Ozan Musluoğlu followed in 2022, released by Drom NYC and Innsbruck Records. Günaydın’s projects have been featured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Flushing Town Hall NYC, Drom NYC, Istanbul International Jazz Festival, Akbank International Jazz Festival in Istanbul, Composers Now Festival in NYC, Siena Jazz Festival in Italy, Sibiu Jazz Festival in Romania and many more.