The Yaşam Hancılar Band is an acoustic, international jazz quartet. Their second album Strange Fish has ten tracks, including three self-penned compositions. Combining jazz and Brazilian standards with original tracks, this new album delves deeper than before. Inspired by story and melody, the band is led by vocalist Yaşam Hancılar, whose elegant singing style and warm inviting voice captivate the audience. On piano, Coen Molenaar (The Netherlands); double bass, David de Marez Oyens (The Netherlands); and drums, Enrique Firpi (Uruguay). A truly international line-up!
Coen Molenaar is a fulltime musician, composer, teacher and producer working worldwide and in a wide range of styles like jazz, fusion, dance, funk, R&B, rock, neo-soul. Still touring with the legendary Jan Akkerman and his own groups like Tristan , The New Conrad Miller Trio and On Impulse.
Studied jazz-piano, with Bert van de Brink, Jasper van het Hof and Michiel Borstlap at the Utrecht Conservatory between 1989-1996. Working as a piano/ Ableton teacher at the Haarlem Conservatory since 2011.
Worked/ toured and recorded a.o. With Jan Akkerman,Heston (USA) , Randy Brecker (USA), Jamal Thomas (USA) Chris Hinze, Eddy de Clercq, Guthrie Govan(UK), Deborah Carter(USA), Berget Lewis, Do (piano on candlelight version Heaven), Edsilia Rombley, Brown Hill, Josee Koning, Carole Denis/ Nick van Gelder (ex Jamiroquai) (UK), Ghazem Batamuntu (USA), and various Dutch singers: Lisa Noya, Angela Groothuizen, Julya Lo.Ko , Des'ray (Desiree Manders).