Resident in Istanbul, since 2005 Ozan Akinci and his collaborator Kaya Hacaloglu has been creating visual arts/live visuals VJing with the band Mugwump- an electro acoustic ambient band formed by Sevket Akinci, Korhan Erel and Dirk Stromberg. Since 2007 the collaboration continued with Cotton A/V, which is an audio-visual perfromance group concentrates on the spectacle of live cinema with poetic and rythmic uses of video loops. He has been dealing with creating experimental film/visual/video art in an unconventianal way since 2000.
Ozan Akinci performed as a live VJ artist in numerous venues such as Yeni Melek Gosteri Merkezi, Garaj Istanbul, GalataPerform, New Yorker Balo Stage, Jazz Cafe and AVIT C23 in Berlin.
ISLAK KOPEK / WET DOG
Islak Köpek’s original lineup Korhan Erel, Sevket Akinci, Volkan Terzioglu and
Volkan Ergen had their first performance in the summer of 2005. Following a series of performances at Galataperform and Jazz Cafe, Dirk Stromberg and Robert Reigle joined the band in January 2006. The six-piece band played regular gigs at Galataperform as well as other venues and also did some recordings.
Volkan Ergen left in the summer of 2006 to pursue other musical interests. The
5-piece band played at Transit Improvisation Days (with Le Quan Ninh, Kirstie Simpson, Talin Buyukkurciyan and Yanael Plummet) in June 2006, followed by a concert at the Akbank Jazz Festival in September 2006. They have been doing a show on free improvisation and free jazz on Açik Radio (FM 94.9) since May 2006.
They organized the monthly Improvisation Day at Galataperform to create an outlet
for musicians who are willing to improvise. The band members have also had performances in different combinations including other artists in Turkey, the Netherlands, Romania and Poland.