Tuna Boylu
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Tuna Boylu

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Born in Izmir, Turkey in 1987, Tuna Boylu enjoyed his early childhood in a family of music enthusiasts. His father, a devoted guitarist, and sister, a classically trained pianist, inspired his thirst for making music. Starting on piano at the age of 7, Tuna took up guitar in middle school for a while, before finally switching to drums at age 13.

His initial role model was Steve Gadd. Later, Tuna was influenced by Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Pat Metheny. Consequently, he began playing jazz in high school in Izmir. In the meantime, he was mentored by one of the most prominent drummers in Turkey, Ayhan Oztoplu.

However during the 2004-2005 school year, as an AFS high school exchange student, Tuna relocated to Washington, DC. There he was educated by renowned pianist Glenn Douglas, a former instructor for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, and Kenneth Dickerson, a highly regarded local musician and educator. Meanwhile, Tuna played drums throughout the nation’s capital in marching and jazz bands. He received his school’s Outstanding Achievement in Music Award. Indebted to AFS for his unique one-year experience, he later became a volunteer for this non-profit organization.

In 2005, following his secondary passion, physics, Tuna enrolled at Istanbul Technical University. While pursuing his degree in mechanical engineering, he worked at numerous clubs in Istanbul and traveled around major Turkish cities with his bands.

Over the years, he has performed with a diverse group of musicians, notably R&B/gospel bassist Andrew Gouche, jazz alto saxophonist Antonio Hart and Turkish rock guitarist Asim Can Gunduz.

Graduating from Istanbul Technical University in 2009, Tuna moved to Boston to double-major in Performance and Music Production & Engineering at Berklee College of Music.

He’s currently furthering his musical studies at Berklee with distinguished faculty such as Terri Lyne Carrington, Kim Plainfield, Mike Mangini and Danny “Mo” Morris, to name a few.