If you are familiar with Atlanta’s vibrant jazz scene then you may have heard Emrah Kotan. The Turkish born jazz percussionist and composer is frequently seen at Churchill Grounds, The Velvet Note and other jazz clubs around town. He is also percussionist for India.Arie and director of Jazz and World Percussion at Agnes Scott College.
Emrah came to the United States to study jazz at Georgia State University. He began his musical studies at age 11 in Turkey when he entered the Ankara State Conservatory. He came to the US knowing little English but a lot about the musical styles of the East and West. He has created a life here as a teacher, performer and family man. He will be performing music with an all star band and featuring songs from his new album, The New Anatolian Experience, this Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at the Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park on the International Stage. We talked with Emrah about his career for INtown.