With an eternally curious mind, Engin Ozsahin’s music is in constant flux, questioning preconceived notions with body awareness and momentary experience. Triggered by live piano performances of his compositions and spontaneous improvisations, he seeks to awaken diverse thoughts and emotions that foster introspection. A futurist, researcher, and chronicler at the same time, Engin aims to use jazz language as a means to report on what he’s seen, felt, and lived while being a caregiver to mother-nature. He is currently working on new music that seeks to explore how we perceive and react towards longer-than-human-life events.
Engin born in 1986, was brought up in Istanbul, Turkey. His first musical influence was his grandmother, who played compositions by Schubert, Rachmaninoff and Chopin. At age 6, he started to learn piano and became very interested in the melodies and harmonies of romantic era composers.
Although music being a passion, his environment consisting of engineers and architects inspired him to take a similar path in life. He received a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Yeditepe University, a MBA from Bahcesehir University in Istanbul and spent multiple years working as a business developer in corporate environments.
In the meantime, he attended the summer jazz workshop programme at New York University, followed by Bahçeşehir University’s Jazz Certificate Program in Istanbul. Through these experiences and exposure to new music, he met with minds alike and started to carve out more time from his professional life to study music.
Thanks to his studies with Istanbul’s music luminaries Baki Duyarlar and Güç Başar Gülle, he decided to quit working for corporate companies and follow his instincts to become a full-time musician.
In 2020, Engin received a BM in Jazz Composition with honors from New England Conservatory in Boston. Receiving musical wisdom from Frank Carlberg, Jason Moran, Ken Schaphorst, Ethan Iverson, Bob Nieske, Jerry Leake and Warren Senders, he released his debut album ‘Sequence of Emotions’ using a jazz sextet he formed in January 2020.
At the same time, through his three years long collaboration with Boston Experimental Theatre Company, he practiced Artaud and Grotowski (Poor Theater) principles, fused them with his jazz training, and co-produced multiple shows performing next to actors. ‘M(O)ther’ (improvised music & acted, August 2020), ‘Zahhak’ (improvised music, March 2021). Engin was awarded Beneficent Society Scholarship in 2017 and his jazz compositions have been performed by Turkey’s National Radio Jazz Orchestra.
Currently, he resides in his hometown Istanbul, where he maintains his studio practice.