Fri, February 20th

Groovist: Emre Yilmaz & Friends

Turkish turkish pop TICKETS

Doors 11PM
Show 12PM
Advance Price $10
Door Price $10
Table Reservation (212) 777-1157

Advanced online ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of show
If available, more tickets are available at door

Groovist: Emre Yilmaz & Friends

Emre Yilmaz began taking private guitar lessons at the age of 10. As a 7th grader, his school band won the second place at a national song competition, where he was the guitarist and the lead singer. It was there that he met Sezen Aksu and Sertab Erener. He toured with Erener the following summer as her back-up vocalist. He decided to follow his passion for music and transferred to the high school division of the Istanbul State Conservatory. 

After studying with Erdem Sokmen at the conservatory for a year, he moved to the United States to continue his classical guitar studies with John Wunsch at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Two years later, he was accepted to the classical guitar program at the Eastman School of Music where he received his Bachelor''s degree. There he studied with Nicholas Goluses, a former student of the legendary guitarist Andres Segovia. Throughout his guitar studies, he had the opportunity to play in master classes for David Russell, Assad Brothers, Roland Dyens,Fabio Zanon, Scott Tennant and Adam Holzman. 

In 2006 he met the independent filmmaker Rick Widmer and composed the original music for his documentary film "American Fair. 

Between 2006 and 2009, he has taught at the Interlochen Guitar Institute, a summer seminar, and shared the stage with faculty members such as John Wunsch, Jason Vieaux, Martha Masters, Gene Bertoncini, and Howard Alden. 

Emre has worked on numerous projects with songwriter/ producer Ayhan Sahin, including the single "Only Yesterday” which received an excellent review from the Billboard Magazine. 

In 2009, Emre was the opening act at the Istanbulive Concert at
Summerstage, one of the year's top-attended Central Park shows. He
shared the stage with Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Husnu Senlendirici,
Sertab Erener & Demir Demirkan, and Mazhar Fuat Ozkan.

Emre is currently working on completing his debut album for the Turkish markets.