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Turkish guitarist/composer Sinan Bakir is noted as a virtuoso player and a masterful composer by the music critics and his peers. Sinan's early musical journey started with mandolin lessons followed by an audition leading to the Ankara State Opera Children's Choir. After attending a rock concert in his early teen years he was inspired to pick up his first guitar and started taking private lessons, spending most of his time practicing and studying music. Soon after he formed his first band and started playing gigs around the city while attending to college in his hometown Ankara. By the time he graduated from Hacettepe University with a degree in engineering he was granted a scholarship from the Hartford Conservatory and moved to United States. In his new found home the guitarist kept writing tunes, attending sessions,and playing regular gigs & music festivals. His all original debut album "On My Way" (2009) with bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Mark Ferber, followed by a quartet recording titled “Tales and Stories”(2012) with pianist Warren Byrd. Both albums received great reviews from many respected music publications and featured in a variety of Radio and TV programs. "Hartford Courant" chronicles guitarists first album "On My Way" as a fine showcase for his lyrical, fluent playing as well as his composing skills demonstrated in 11 originals. While"All About Jazz" describing Bakir's sophomore record "Tales&Stories" as an album full of creative music with a genuinely original flavor, "Jazziz" magazine calls the album a "pleasure packed minor masterpiece". "Sound Waves" magazine recognizes Bakir as a highly polished guitarist, too diverse for a single label, while describing his guitar work from subtle, soothing shades of minimalist melodies to blistering, finessed and impossibly fast runs. While maintaining a busy teaching schedule guitarist continues to perform in diverse settings from solo recitals to trio concerts as well as many other musical situations.


Tales&Stories (November, 2012)

As performed in a standard quartet setting (pianist Warren Byrd, upright bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Mark Ferber), the guitarist’s tunes sound like updated classics. Tales & Stories is a pleasure-packed minor masterpiece.
Mark Holston - JazzIz Magazine, Spring 2013

The 12 varied pieces sometimes mix East and West elements and range from the diaphanous to hard-swinging pieces swaggering with digital dexterity and mental agility. All are engaging, clear, uncluttered, accessible and resonate with a pleasant sense of layered mystery, seasoned with savory hints of the exotic.
Owen McNally - Hartford Courant, November 2012

The quartet explores the 12 original pieces with grace, fire, wit, and emotional intensity, displaying intuitive interaction throughout. Just let these sounds wash over you; good music can excite and soothe and this is good music.
Richard Kamins - Step Tempest, December 2012

On My Way (2009)

The CD is a fine showcase for his lyrical, fluent playing as well as his composing skills demonstrated in 11 originals. Whether composing or improvising, Bakir creates fresh sounding, accessible jazz seasoned with nuanced hints of Turkish music.
Owen McNally - Hartford Courant

Bakir's inspired soloing feeds off of the energy coming from his trio mates, with lines possessing laser-like focus.
Dan Bilawsky - All About Jazz

He is definitely on his way to becoming a creative voice in the world of jazz guitar.
John Vincent Barron - Jazz

Sinan has given us here is a blueprint of his soul, you’ll find eleven songs which embody a variety of shapes and tones.
Rob Young - Urbanflux

A nice mixture of slower-paced and faster material, played well. Bakir does indeed seem to be a young musician "on his way" and I will be interested to see where he takes his talent next.
Brad Walseth -

"On My Way" is a solid debut. It's easy to put this music on and just let it play. The voice of the guitar one hears on the opening cut never wavers or falters throughout."
Richard Kamins - Courant

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NEW ALBUM "Tales&Stories" is out on CDBaby, Itunes

Review of the new album by Jazz Critic Owen McNally at Hartford Courant

Watch Sinan Bakir Trio live at the "CT STYLE" on WTNH Channel 8

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