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Ikiz

Totaly versatile drummer — now hitting hard in solo project
ELBJ-18Iceland Airwaves -18Jazz/ImprovJH-18
Ikiz moved to Stockholm, Sweden from Istanbul, Turkey when he was 4 years old. By the age of 2 he accompanied Tchaikovsky symphonies on pots and pans in his grandmother's apartment in Istanbul and had early found interest in music.
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Ikiz has studied in the Afro-American music program at the Stockholm Music Conservatory where he won the annual competition, and received a scholarship to study at the Los Angeles Music Academy. Tony Inzalaco, Sherman Ferguson and Joe Porcaro were some of the teachers Ikiz studied with in Los Angeles. 

Ikiz has performed, held workshops or made studio sessions in over 45 countries such as Australia, China, France, Mexico, USA, South Africa, Russia, South Korea, Greece, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Romania, Norway, Finland, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Serbia/Montenegro and many more...

In October 2017 Ikiz recieved the Musician of the year prize from the Swedish Radio. The prize is called Jazzkatten and it has never been handed out to a drummer before. Ikiz has also received awards several times from the Swedish Royal Music Academy.

At the moment Ikiz has a lot of focus on his project Ikiz Cabin Crew currently with 2 singles released with tours done in Sweden, USA, Germany & Turkey. 

Own Bands & projects
Ikiz Cabin Crew (with Joel Lyssarides & Jonne Bentlöv)
Lahza (with Cenk Erdogan)
Ikiz 4/4 (solo project)
Lindgren Ikiz Duo (with Magnus Lindgren)
Mousa Elias & Ikiz 

Projects (steady member):
Nils Landgren Funk Unit 
Dan Reed Band
Petter Bergander Trio
Thobias Gabrielson Trio

Ikis has played and recorded all sorts of music from straightahead jazz to funk and pop. Bobby McFerrin, Joe Sample, Ivan Lins, NDR Big Band, BBC Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic,  and Barbara Hendricks are some valuable artists & orchestras who Ikiz has performed and toured with.