Esat Ekincioglu (Istanbul, 1990) is a Turkish bass player, improviser, composer and manager based in Groningen, the Netherlands. A versatile and in-demand bass player, Esat spends much of the year on the road, playing throughout Europe, the Near East and China. Notable concerts include ZomerJazzFietsTour, Shanghai World Music Festival, Bimhuis, Rockit Festival, Jazzfestival Saalfelden, Cully Jazz Fest, Babel Sound Festival, and many more. 

Apart from his successful bands KUHN FU and AVA Trio and newly premiered quartet Esat Ekincioglu’s Turkish Pumpkin, Esat likes to play in duos where he explores unknown areas of double bass playing, improvisation and microtonal music.

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Turkish Pumpkin improvises Near-Eastern wedding and funeral music. The band conjures trances and chants about lovers, heroes; in grief and joy.  The band premiered at No Musician’s Land Exhibition by Marina Abrahamovic Institue 2020 and Zomer Jazz Fiets Tour 2020. In May 2021, the band extended to quintet will present Esat’s VNJJ Week van de Jazz Composition Commission.

with Koen Boeinga (woodwinds) Mees Siderius (drums) Giuseppe Doronzo (woodwinds) Sanem Kalfa (cello, vocals) 

KUHN FU (formed in 2012) is dedicated to Christian Kuhn’s strange take on composition and improvisation. Songs can shift direction many times within a short section and without noticing you are in a digging voodoo groove that lasts forever. The band  has performed over 200 shows in 24 countries, in many of the leading venues and festivals in Europe. The band is celebrating their 10th year with a double album, to be released in October 2022.

with Christian Kühn (guitar) Ziv Taubenfeld (bassclarinet)  George Hadow (drums)  John Dikeman (tenorsax) Sofia Salvo (barisax) and Tobias Delius (clarinet, sax)

Founded in 2015 in Groningen, the Netherlands, AVA Trio navigating through rich and diverse sonic surroundings of the Mediterranean, under the erudite and virtuosic guidance of Doronzo, Ekincioglu, and Basile . Their destinations need no justification; their music is timeless. With two critically acclaimed albums, AVA Trio continues touring extensively across Europe and China.

with Giuseppe Doronzo (woodwinds) Pino Basile (percussions) 


Hymns and hits instantly composed on the spot since 2014. Featuring Renske de Boer on lyrics and vocals. 

Stories from the fairytale world, written and arranged by vocalist Helene Richter, are colored with the various sounds of bass clarinet & flute, viola, cello  and double bass. 

with Helene Richter (vocals, compositions) Pau Sola Masafrets (cello) Koen Boeijinga (woodwinds)



Esat loves playing in duo settings. Two musicians really get to know each other  through intimate explorations. Recent collaborations include amazing musicians from across the world  : Tomchess (USA) | Berke Can Özcan (TR) | Steven Kamperman (NL) | Sanem Kalfa (TR/NL) | Yanna Pelser (NL) | Anahita Malakooti (IR) | Aleksandar Skoric (SRB) | Fatime Songoro (HU) | Marena Whitcher (CH) | Lennart Smidt (DE) | Toms Mikals (LT)




19 | 02 | 22     AVA Trio     Opus Jazz Club – Budapest, HU

22 | 02 | 22     AVA Trio     Kulturforum – Villach, AT

06 | 03 | 22     Turkish Pumpkin III     BUI Impro Gathering – Utrecht, NL 

12 | 03 | 22     KUHN FU     PlusEtage – Baarle-Nassau, NL

17 | 03 | 22    Futaci/Ekincioglu/Tilavel     Recordings in Istanbul, TR

03 | 04 | 22     Solo Concert     Tilo’s – Weesp, NL

08 | 04 | 22     KUHN FU     Tor 9 – Bremen, DE (w/ World Service Project)

09 | 04 | 22     KUHN FU    White Cube Bergedorf – Hamburg, DE

06 | 05 | 22     Koen Boeijinga Aerophonics Duo     Kargadoor – Utrecht, NL

07 | 05 | 22     Turkish Pumpkin V     Wendlandjazz – Gedelitz, DE     

08 | 05 | 22     Turkish Pumpkin V     VNJJ Presents: SJIG Brouwerij Martinus – Groningen, NL

14 | 05 | 22     Farbenfroh     Nebula Sessions at De Ruimte – Amsterdam, NL

29 | 05 | 22     AVA Trio     Gitaarsalon at De Drommedaris – Enkhuizen, NL

04 | 06 | 22     Helene Mattia’s HALA     Rauw Festival – Rotterdam, NL

16 | 06 | 22     AVA Trio      Jazz in de Kamer Festival – Leiden, NL

29 | 06 | 22     AVA Trio     Inequilibrio Festival – Castiglioncello, IT  

01 | 07 | 22     KUHN FU     Eldenaer Jazz Evenings Festival WDR –  Griefswald, DE

14 | 07 | 22     AVA Trio     Bayerisches Jazz Weekend Festival – Regensburg, DE

27 | 08 | 22     Farbenfroh     Zomer Jazz Fiets Tour Festival – Groningen,NL


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