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UTKU ÜNAL


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ABOUT UTKU ÜNAL

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Utku Ünal was born in 1969 and Graduated in 1995 from the Mining Engineer Department of METU and in 1996 joined the group Bulutsuzluk Özlemi. Between 1997 -2002 he gave ‘’Rhythm and Techniques’’ lessons at the Müjdat Gezen Arts Centre. Between 2003-2004he taught at Bilgi University in their Music Department. In 2006 he completed his Masters at Bilgi University in Music Performance.

Between them, he has worked with more than 60 prominent Turkish Artists such as BarışManço, Edip Akbayram, Haluk Levent and the Moğollar on their albums; his work has also included international productions such as one of Chrome Key’s albums ‘’Graveyard Mountain Home’’, founded by Dream Theatre’s Kevin Moore. In 2004 he had the opportunity to work with American Soul Singer Billy Paul at the 1stGirne Jazz Festival. In 2012 he toured with Internationally recognised Pan Flute expert, Gheorghe Zamfir. He has also held the good fortune to give a clinic in drumming with both Billy Bruford and Billy Cobham. From 2006. From 2006-2007 he worked with SertabErener and then from 2009-2013 was a member of the Moğollar. Since 2010 he has also been working with one of the greatest Turkish Women Vocalists, namely Nilüfer.

Since 1997 he has been providing drumming clinics and from 2003 has been doing so for Robert College; also he has provided between 2009-2014 drum and percussion instruction to Hisar Schools. To that end has he along with his teams entered various competitions. Beginning in 2013 he has also begun to support ENKA Schools. Utku Ünal provides education besides providing drumming lessons also holds workshops and academic percussion teaching classes. An added string to his bow is that he now services Pre-school, Primary and High School education in latin percussion; namely, his being part of the Jozi Levi ‘’Batebumbo Project’’ has developed his mastery of Brazilian Percussion use (Batucada/Samba) and thus utilizes it to its best effect in the teaching environment.