Recognized worldwide as a virtuosic percussionist specialized in a variety of percussion instruments, Burhan Öçal is interested in combining many genres and cultural traditions, such as jazz, Western classical music, with his own.
In his special project “Trakya All Stars” he collaborates with master musicians from Thrace region, paying tribute to the musical heritage of his birthplace Kýrklareli. The Roman-Balkan influenced album possesses a timeless character which manages to take deep tradition to a contemporary level. It is produced by the Tunisian born French musician, sound engineer and producer Smadj, highly respected for his knowledge of oriental music and for his digital innovations. With his latest project “ New Dream “ Burhan Ocal brings new wealth to Turkish classical music by breaking the bindings of its constricting rules and allowing the music to breathe again with new life.
Burhan Öçal performed and recorded with internationally acclaimed musicians including Joe Zawinul, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Paco de Lucia, Natacha Atlas, Kronos Quartet, Eliot Frisk, Sting, Maria, Seamus Blake Quartet, Joao Pires and George Gruntz. Winner of German Record Critic’s Award twice and the Prix Choc, Öçal toured extensively and appeared in prestigious world festivals including Festival International de Jazz de Montreal to an audience of more than 150.000 spectators.