Composer; Instrumentalist; Performer
Jun 29, 2017
Sarpay Özçağatay aka “SharpEye” is a woodwind faculty at Berklee College of Music, as well as an author, performer, clinician, and recording artist. His self-produced debut album of original compositions, Unexpectable, was released in 2013. It was well received by leading jazz critics and broadcasters in blogs, jazz radio, newspapers, and flute magazines. Özçağatay is an artist at Japanese flute company Miyazawa Flutes and is also endorsed by Applied Microphone and the Ton Kooiman thumb rest company. One of the British flute makers, TJ made alto flute for Özçağatay and engraving the "SharpEye" on it.
As an educator, in addition to his workshops and extensive online presence, Özçağatay is a former jazz chair of the National Flute Association and is a judge at their competitions. He published 6 flute method books for jazz and classical players.
The UNLOCK series (5 volumes) and JAZZ LICKS (comprehensive studies) were recognized quickly by many professional jazz and classical flutists and musicians around the world, and is sold over 40 countries.
Özçağatay's extensive online presence is followed by flute students and professionals worldwide.
His unique flute playing skills hold both jazz and classical degrees together from Hacettepe University State Conservatory (BA), majoring in Classical Flute Performance, and Berklee College of Music, majoring in Jazz Flute Performance.
Özçağatay has performed countless concerts at prestigious jazz and world music venues, and at music festivals with Grammy Award–winning artists and internationally acclaimed musicians from all over the world.
As a recording artist, he has performed on many albums as both a leader and a sideman, He is also a voting member of the Recording Academy, and former jazz chair of the NFA (National Flute Association)
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