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!
Yaşam Hancılar is a Turkish-Dutch Jazz singer who is a devoted and passionate artist with many tangible qualities. He sings in a way that is charming you fully along. His elegant style, and his unique and warm sound that surrounds you simply brighten your mood. With his acoustic jazz quartet, he seeks for fresh, new, personal and creative ways of interpretation of the jazz standards. Storytelling and musicality are the major characteristics of his choice of repertoire. After taking part in different projects in his musical journey as a singer and an instrumentalist, he founded his first jazz band Jazzmates at the beginning of 2007, in Turkey. That was the starting point of a successful jazz singing career, which leaded him to perform at clubs and festivals including International Istanbul Jazz Festival, Maastricht Jazz Festival, Nardis Jazz Club, De Badcuyp Centrum voor Muziek, amongst many others… He attended the 4th Nardis Young Jazz Vocalists Competition, in 2008, and he won the prize to represent Turkey in Estonia at 8th Nomme International Young Jazz Artists Competition, 2008. Besides his study at the Amsterdam Conservatory Jazz Singing Department, he tours extensively with Yaşam Hancılar Band throughout The Netherlands and Turkey. Yaşam Hancılar’s debut CD ‘Here’s To Life’ is released in December, 2012, which drives him to new phases on his journey in jazz…He’s also the founder and the director of the new music school in Amsterdam: Music For Life.
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).
Marco ZeniniDouble Bass
Marco Zenini was born in Rome and has been playing electric and double bass in a wide variety of musical environments for almost 15 years. After obtaining a degree in classical music in Italy, he moved to Amsterdam in 2010 to study at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he completed a Master’s degree in Jazz Double Bass in 2015. In 2014 he began collaborating as Head of the Bass Department with the True School of Music in Mumbai. Over the years, Marco’s intense involvement with live performance has led him to travel and play extensively both in major venues and festivals in the Netherlands as well as throughout Europe, Turkey, South Africa and India. Currently, Marco is based in Amsterdam and is involved in several creative projects.