Ayse Cansu Tanrıkulu is an award-winning composer/vocalist based in Berlin. With her advanced technique, flexibility and wide stylistic vocabulary as a multilingual vocalist Tanrıkulu is an active performer, co-composer and a recording artist in multiple innovative projects. She has collaborated and performed with prominent artists including Tobias Delius, Jim Black, Tom Arthurs, Elias Stemeseder, Max Andrzejewski, Michael Schiefel, Andreas Schmidt and Julia Hülsmann.
As a composer she focuses on novel and compelling themes, mostly topics that are hard to imagine as musical entities and has been recently awarded a grant by Berlin’s Department for Culture and Europe for recording and producing her compositions with her new project. Her piece for large ensemble based on actual questions rape survivors were pressured to answer about their experience has particularly caught attention and had been featured in the album by Planet 9, a compositional project on women's rights directed by Julia Hülsmann and supported by the Universitat der Künste Berlin. With her compositions she has received the chance to perform in prominent stages of Berlin and festivals including Hanns Eisler Midsummer Festival 2016 and Kurt Weill Festival 2017 in Dessau.
In September 2017 she has recorded with James Banner's Quartet and will be touring in Germany following the release of his debut album in October 2018 on the Cologne-based label JazzHausMusik. With her new quartet "Tanrıkulu's A Priori" she has received a performance in Karnaval der Kulturen and will be playing frequently around Berlin and Germany in the following months.
In September 2018 Tanrıkulu will be recording with Jim Black and Elias Stemeseder as a new trio project.
You can find her performing in the leading stages of Berlin and Istanbul including Donau115, Sowieso, A-Trane, Werkstatt der Kulturen, Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin and Nardis, The Badau and Cafe Mitanni in Istanbul.