We had the good fortune of connecting with Evren Edler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Evren, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Among many reasons, I pursue it because I found it is the best way to express myself to others. This could be to the audience, other musicians on the bandstand, my students, friends or family. I think it is very rewarding to see yourself improving in the field you are passionate about although artistic career can be tough and risky at times.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a bass guitarist, I came to US to study music from Istanbul/Turkey in 1999. My goal was to play as many variety of styles of music as a bass player as well record my own compositions with other musicians. Original music attracted me a lot; I was lucky to work with great songwriters/bands as a musician and sometimes music director. I also started recording my own compositions from my late twenties on. It was definitely not easy! I supported myself over the course of years even taking a few non music related jobs early on, however it has been a long time now I can focus on creative music as I established as a music teacher with a busy schedule.
To me the biggest lesson is “positivity”. As long as we are dedicated to see the light in the end of the tunnel, we get there somehow.
I would like the world to hear my compositions, as I love writing probably more than anything.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love going to Manhattan Beach, by the pier as well Zuma beach in Malibu. To listen great music, Sam First Jazz bar by the LAX, or if it’s the jazz festival season LACMA.
The Commons in Calabasas is a fun place to visit, and dine in. Other favorite places to dine in are Boccaccio’s in Westlake Village, Midori Sushi, Versailles Cuban or any Panini Cafe, their chicken kebop is the best.
I also recently discovered this coffee house in Altadena called, “Unincorporated Coffee Roasters” that I actually recommend to everyone who loves caffeine.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Besides my studies at LA Music Collage and UCLA Film Music, 2 mentors I was lucky enough to study privately. Orchestration studies with Mark Watters (Composer & Conductor), and
Vardan Ovsepian (Jazz Pianist & Composer).
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