On Top Of Roof
Hakan Başar (Jr.) ,who was born in 2004, began playing piano when he was 8. After some ephemeral private lessons he has continued his studies with his father,who is a guitarist.
He has done jazz piano studies with curriculums of jazz pianists like respectively Noah Baerman, Bill Cunliffe, Andy LaVerne, Andrew D. Gordon, Walter Norris, Bill Dobbins, Jeb Patton, David Berkman, Neil Olmstead, John Valerio, Clare Fisher.
Thereafter, he was 10 when gave his first concert, within 5th Pera Music Festival, with transcription and repertoire of Michel Petrucciani, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, Kenny Barron, Hank Jones,Bill Evans,Tommy Flanagan.
He has taken the stage at events like Cercle d'Orient, Caddebostan Cultural Center, Istanbul Hilton, BBVA (Esma Sultan), Akbank Syndicated Loan Signing Ceremony (Raffles Hotel), AkçanSA (Sabancı Center) with projects like "Tribute Michel Petrucciani","Tribute Oscar Peterson & Keith Jarrett" etc.
Başar continues his musical studies at full steam besides his student life. His first recordings were recorded at İTÜ MİAM Studios in the end of 2015. After he has taken part in written and visual media many times, he has been finalist of İstanbul Jazz Festival-Young Jazz, so he deserved giving concert within festival when he was 12.
Başar's concerts in the ongoing process have been International Jazz Day on 30th April 2017, Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival on 6th May 2017, 7th Pera Music Festival on 8th May 2017, Ankara Jazz Festival on 17th May 2017, Kenan Doğulu Harbiye Open Air Theatre concert (guest artist) on 22nd June and 15th August 2017, İstanbul Jazz Festival (Sabancı Museum) on 8th July 2017 and Respect to Masters (within 50th Art Year of İzzet Öz) on 24th July 2017. His concert within 27th Akbank Jazz Festival was at Saint Benoit stage on 9th November 2017. Hakan has played with Nezih Yeşilnil, Alkan Başar, Yunus Muti, Berkan Tilavel and Yarkın Tuncer during these concerts.
Within this time period, he has met with Chick Corea in particular and Ron Carter, Russell Malone, Eddie Gomez, Donald Vega. He got a chance to workshop with Chick Corea before Corea's concert in İstanbul.
Recordings of his album that started in September 2017 have been made in Babajim İstanbul Studios & Mastering.
İmer Demirer, Halil Çağlar Serin, Engin Recepoğulları, Kağan Yıldız, Yarkın Tuncer, Berkan Tilavel and especially Ferit Odman have taken part in these recordings. He played with his father, F.Hakan Başar, on recording of the Star Eyes (Gene de Paul) song.
After his all recordings finished, there was a surprising new from his uncle, Emre Can. Hakan played with Will Kennedy (drums) and Jimmy Haslip (bass), who are two invaluable musicians of Yellow Jackets group,on recording of the Hub Art song as take 2 thanks to his uncle's efforts.
These recordings have been followed by many valuable people abroad who interested in music through social media and have gained a lot of appreciation.
His recording dated 2nd July 2018 ,that is Michel Petrucciani's On Top Of Roof, broadcasted on a radio show,Coco Jazz, in Montreal (Canada). It was Hakan's first overseas event.