Emrah Kotan

Emrah Kotan


Emrah Kotan is a versatile jazz artist whose compositions and arrangements are innovative and sophisticated. His eclectic percussion skills, greatly influenced by his Turkish roots, classical music background, and education in world drumming make his performances electrifying and unforgettable.


Participating in some of the most famous jazz festivals around the world, such as Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and Istanbul Jazz Festival, Emrah Kotan is becoming one of the well-known names in jazz music. Emrah has acquired a sophistication and unique style of interpretation that has made him an emerging artist to keep your eye on.

As a classically trained percussionist and native of Turkey, Emrah moved to the United States and received his Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University.

Since coming to the United States, he co-founded the critically acclaimed band, International Groove Conspiracy, and has received various awards collectively and individually such as the Future of Jazz Competition for two consecutive years in 2004 and 2005.

Now, Emrah is flexing his artistic vision and is currently recording his solo debut album, due for release in Spring 2010. This album displays his own original compositions and arrangements, such as Ottoman Slap, which can be heard on his website, www.emrahkotan.com, and EPK.


Various Artists, Future of Jazz Vol. 1

International Groove Conspiracy, Beyond Horizon

Fazil Say, Black Earth

Joseph Patrick Moore, Live in 2005

Joseph Patrick Moore, Drum & Bass Society

Inobe, I Am Inobe

Set List

Sets are usually 45-60 minutes long.
In addition to original jazz compositions, a sample the band's repertoire includes:

Afro Blue – Mongo Santamaria
All Blues – Miles Davis
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Caravan – Duke Ellington
Caribe – Michel Camilo
Cherokee – Ray Noble
Countdown – John Coltrane
Fire – Jimi Hendrix
Footprints – Wayne Shorter
Fragile – Sting
From Within – Michel Camilo
Giant Steps – John Coltrane
Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
Isotope – Joe Henderson
It’s Probably Me – Sting
Katrina Ballerina – Woody Shaw
La Belle Dame Sans Regrets - Sting
Lush Life – Billy Strayhorn
My Funny Valentine
Naima – John Coltrane
Nardis – Miles Davis
Night in Tunisia – Dizzy Gillespie
Oleo – Sonny Rollins
Pensativa – Antonio Carlos Jobim
Poinciana – Ahmad Jamal
September – Earth, Wind and Fire
Seven Days - Sting
Seven Steps to Heaven - Miles Davis
Shape of My Heart - Sting
Some Skunk Funk – Brecker Brothers
Spain – Chick Corea
Stairway to Heaven – Led Zepplin