Jazz at Bucknell to feature Ece Goksu Quartet

LEWISBURG – The Ece Goksu Quartet will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University. The quartet features Ece Goksu, vocals; Life Cankaya, piano; Scott Colberg, bass; and Dan Pugach, drums.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the continuing Jazz at Bucknell series.

Jazz vocalist and pianist Ece Goksu was born in Ankara, Turkey, in a family of musicians; her father is an opera singer and director and her mother is the principal harpist of Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra.

In 2007 Goksu was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and studied jazz vocal performance with Nancy Marano in William Paterson University in New Jersey, where she earned her Master of Music degree. During her education in WPU she gave recitals and participated in big band concerts. She also studied with Mulgrew Miller, Richard DeRosa and Cecil Bridgewater.

Goksu recorded her debut album, “Masal” (Fairy Tale) in 2012 which is released by A.K.Muzik in Turkey. She also participated in Yavuz Akyazici Project’s first album, “Turkish Standards Vol. 1” in 2011. She lives in New York and Istanbul, giving concerts and teaching jazz vocal and piano.

The Jazz at Bucknell series presents international modern masters and young visionaries, showcasing the entire tradition of jazz, from standards to the avant-garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition.

The fall concert series, all of which are scheduled for Bucknell Hall, includes Jeremy Siskind’s “Finger-Songwriter” Project with Nancy Harms and Lucas Pino on Nov. 6; and the Bucknell Jazz Christmas concert with Steve Rudolph and Friends on Dec. 4.