LINES: Songs from the Mediterranean and Latin America


Alper Tuzcu - Istanbul, Turkey (Guitar/Voice)
Enya Lim - Singapore (Voice)
Bengisu Gökçe - Istanbul, Turkey (Violin)
Carlo De Biaggio - Udine, Italy (Bass)
Juan Pablo Tello - Cali, Colombia (Percussion)

Friday, November 17, 2017
7:00 p.m.

Boston University GSU Auditorium
775 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02215

Berklee College of Music alumnus Alper Tuzcu (vocals, guitar) will present his brand new EP “Lines” with this concert where he will be playing music inspired from Latin American and Mediterranean cultures with fellow Berklee colleagues Carlo Di Biaggio (bass) from Udine, Italy, Juan Pablo Tello (percussions) from Cali, Colombia, Bengisu Gökçe (violin) from Istanbul, Turkey and Enya Lim (vocals) from Singapore.

You can listen to Tuzcu's critically acclaimed first album "Between 12 Waters" on Spotify

ALPER TUZCU, guitar, voice

Alper TuzcuAlper Tuzcu's first album “Between 12 Waters” was released through Palma Records In 2016. Critically acclaimed by the media around the world including United States, Spain, Italy, Netherlands and Turkey, the album, which consists of 12 songs influenced from 12 different cultures. Among the reviews, Hürriyet the top selling daily national newspaper in Tuzcu's native country Turkey, simply stated: “Here’s our calling to anyone who would like to listen good music and to discover someone who’s likely to make his mark in the coming years: Follow Alper Tuzcu.”

In 2016, Tuzcu was selected as a voting member to the GRAMMY Awards, The Recording Academy, being the youngest Turkish musician in the history to achieve this distinction. During January 2017 - May 2017, Tuzcu became the music director and producer of the audiobook of GRAMMY voting member/Berklee College of Music student Valerie Giglio’s book “Singing in My Own Key”, which was positively reviewed by the Boston Globe.

In 2014 and 2015, he was invited twice to record with multiple GRAMMY winning composer, producer, and flamenco virtuoso Javier Limon (Buika, Paco de Lucia, Mariza, Wynton Marsalis, Bebo & Chucho Valdes).  Moreover, in 2012 and 2013, he has performed at one of the most distinguished music festivals in the world, Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy.

Tuzcu also expanded his music career with duo project Ark by touring in Spain and United States and releasing their 2016 debut EP: "Lately". The duo was not only widely featured in local American media, including the Emmy nominated "502 Sessions" at Dedham TV and WEMF FM; but also on international media as well. The duo has been performing at venues such as Hard Rock Cafe Boston, Sidewalk in New York and YouBloom Festival in Los Angeles. Additionally, as a solo artist Tuzcu has performed in events such as the Boston Turkish Arts and Culture Festival, the Institute of Contemporary Art-Boston, and the Multicultural Center in Cambridge.

As an educator, Tuzcu has been leading music production projects at Harvard University in 2016 and 2017, as an instructor and as a content developer. In Summer 2017, Tuzcu was a lead instructor of music production courses at Harvard University, under the Digital Media Academy program. In October 2016, Tuzcu taught songwriting and music production masterclasses at Colombo, Sri Lanka at Sooriya Village and at Royal College. Tuzcu also has been leading several music production projects at Emmy-winner audio company  iZotope, and he is currently a music marketing consultant and writer for Adva Mobile.

Tuzcu is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with Magna Cum Laude in 2015, and an alumni of Denison University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree of Economics in 2011. During Summer 2017, Tuzcu has recorded both his upcoming album and his EP ‘Lines’. The EP is due to be released on November 2017 and the album is due on Spring 2018. In November 2017, Tuzcu will be on a European tour featuring his upcoming November 2017 EP “Lines”.

Bengisu Gökçe, violin

Bengisu GokceBorn in Istanbul, Turkey, Bengisu Gökçe is a violinist and singer, performs in diverse styles. She studied classical violin performance at Mersin University State Conservatory in Turkey and ‘Hanns Eisler’ School of Music in Berlin, Germany.

In the Gulden Turali National Violin Competitions, she came in third and won the Best Interpretation of a Turkish Piece Special Award, as well as 2015 Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and the 2016 Berklee Performance Division String Award.

She performed with World Youth Orchestra, TURKSOY International Youth Chamber Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra and Doğuş Symphony Orchestra in the U.S., Italy, Germany, Monaco, Turkey and Iran.

Bengisu collaborated and played with worldwide known musicians including Mark O’Connor, Tigran Hamasyan, Aynur Doğan, Pablo Ziegler, Shankar Mahadevan, Kenny Werner and studied with Simon Shaheen, Stephan Picard, Hagai Shaham and more.

Enya Lim, voice

Enya LimHatched and raised on the tropical island state of Singapore, Enya - who goes by the stage name NyaLi - began music with classical piano lessons from a young age and was schooled in the style for several years before she ventured into singing- now her primary music role. This keen hobby accompanied her through graduation from the National University of Singapore, where she majored in Political Science. Following, Enya began attending Berklee College of Music on scholarship, where she would pick up songwriting, dabble in production, music technology, and a myriad of genres she at best scrapes the surface of still. Enya graduated with a dual major in vocal performance and music production in the Fall of 2016, having performed illustrious venues like Boston Symphony Hall as well as at well known festivals like the annual RI Newport Folk Fest (2016,2017) Boston Japan Fest (2017), and Boston Out of the Box (2013) - to audiences as large as 13 000 in number. She currently freelances in music - toplining, teaching, cowriting, but mainly as a performing and studio vocalist, based nomadically between Brooklyn NY, and the Boston MA area.

Carlo De Biaggio, bass

Carlo De BiaggioCarlo De Biaggio, is an electric/upright player born in Udine, Italy. After four years of studies at "Conservatory of Music J. Tomadini" and at the Music School of Codroipo he enrolled at Berklee College of music as a performance major student. He has performed a wide variety of styles from jazz to progressive rock and classical music around Italy, Croatia, Spain, France, Belgium, U. S., Caribbean Islands, and Ecuador.

Juan Pablo Tello Penafiel, percussion

Giuseppe ParadisoBorn in August 17, 1995 in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, Juan Pablo showed a tremendous interest for music since early age, reason for which his parents decided to enroll him at the Tra La La School of Music for kids when he was just 2 years old. In 2000, Juan started taking formal music classes at the Antonio Jose Maria Valencia Conservatory of Fine Arts in Cali where he studied classical music for 11 years with emphasis on symphonic percussion.

In 2006 he joined the Conservatory’s Percussion Band “Son Percussion Ensemble” under the tutelage of professors Hector Tascón and Gustavo Jordan. As a member of Son Percussion his main focus of study was on Symphonic Marimba and other mallet instruments, among them, the “Marimba de Chonta”, a typical instrument of the traditional music of the Pacific region of Colombia. With Son Percussion he traveled across Colombia participating in many cultural events such as the “Young Performers for the Bank of the Republic” and the “Series of Symphonic Concerts at the Luis Angel Arango Library in Bogotá”. He also participated at the “Tamborimba Festival in Beethoven’s Hall at the Antonio Jose Maria Conservatory” under the direction of master professor Laurent Vieuble. In 2011, with Son Percussion, they recorded their first album called “Huellas”, an extensive work showcasing pieces of the classical repertory as well as traditional songs adapted to classical rhythms. In 2008, Juan and his late cousin, Daniel Esteban Montoya, formed the Salsa Band DesTello where he played keyboards, percussion, and vocals. In 2010, among many others, DesTello participated at the XII Salsa World Festival in Cali, a competition on which the band ended up on third place.
In 2011 he became a member of the “Youngsters Symphonic Orchestra of Valle del Cauca”, a symphonic orchestra integrated by 50 of the best students of classical music from several of the most recognized schools of music in Valle del Cauca. The orchestra performed on many music festival around several of the most important Colombian cities, as well as in the third edition of the International Festival “La Via Dei Concert” touring through several European countries among them France, Spain and Italy performing in conjunction with musicians from conservatories of Trenton in Rome, Spain and Turkey. The orchestra performed in Europe under the direction of masters Julian Lombana and Sergio Bernal.

In 2012, Juan moved to the U.S. with his family. While in high school, he performed in school bands as well as many jazz festivals around the town he was living.  Upon graduation he was granted the “Louis Armstrong Award” for his Excellency in music . In 2014, Juan was accepted  to the Berklee College of Music with double majoring on Performance and Contemporary writing and Production. At Berklee he performed in events such as the “Latin American Vive Music Fest 2016 & 2017”, Alex Achá meets Berklee, Pablo Ziegler meets Berklee, and the 2016 Berklee Gala, Divas Latinas, CWP Student's Concert. He also performed in many other bands in Latin and Jazz Festivals in and around Boston.