"Packed with creative stuff throughout."
"This is truly very original music."
"From modern jazz to minimalism, from blues and world music to chromatic harmony, her music is eclectic, heartfelt, and has the just the right amount of biting honesty. Her songwriting covers the full range of human experience; it can be fragile or aggressive, beautifully simple or deceptively complex, and always tells a compelling story. "
Basak Yavuz is a Berlin / Istanbul based vocalist, composer, arranger and educator. She started her career as an architect, but after winning the Nardis Jazz Vocal Competition in 2008 she decided to move to New York to study music. After a year of studying undergraduate level at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, she went to the prestigious Manhattan School of Music where she earned a Master of Music degree in 2012. She has performed her own music in Turkey, the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Her debut album "things" is released from Kalan Records which features jazz legends such as Dave Liebman and Peter Eldridge, along with other respected musicians. Basak has taught jazz voice, ensemble, songwriting and chromatic approach at Bahcesehir University and Bilgi University in Istanbul. She also hosted two radio shows at Acik Radio, "Dunyanin Cazi (World's Jazz)" and "Bi' sarkim var! (I have a song!)". Basak released her second album "a little red bug" and also her recent singles from new record label: things and records. She is the founder of the only singer songwriter's collective in Turkey: "Bi' Şarkım Var!(I have a song)and also the producer of the collective's albums. She took part various albums as a vocalist, songwriter, producer, arranger, vocal coach and songwriting coach. Basak is one of the members of Istanbul Composers Orchestra. She is a PhD candidate.