Koray Ergünay

Born in April 1973, Koray Ergunay has been playing electric bass guitar since 1987. In 1988, he was chosen for the high school band’s bass chair and as a band, won three prizes in national high school band contests in 1990 and 1991. The high school band evolved into “Continuum”, a group that played compositions by fusion greats like Weather Report, Return to Forever, Chick Corea Electric Band, Al DiMeola etc. in early 90s.

He went on to perform and record with various jazz-fusion lineups in mid to late 90s, the most notables being Jazz Without Fear (with Burak Babacan on electric guitar, Meriç Demirkol on saxophone and Gürcan Konanç on drums) and Retrofusion Trio (with Gökhan Yılmaz on electric guitar and Arda Baykurt on drums). Both bands performed in university festivals and various venues in Ankara.

Then came the GKG project with Gökhan Yılmaz and Gürcan Konanç, which also recorded an unreleased album that featured original compositions in 2000.

In 2001, informal jams with the guitar player Şinasi Celayiroğlu have started and eventually led to the formation of the group “Giz”, which, in time, metamorphosed into a three piece band called “Trio Topia” with the drummer Can Dekak. In 2004, Burak Yücesoy, who had joined the lineup frequently for onstage jams formally introduced into the group which adopted the name “Ida Terra”. TrioTopia/Ida Terra performed regularly at the Tenedos Cafe in Ankara thorough 2005-2006 and played at İstanbul Jazz Festival (2004), Ankara Jazz Festival (2004), Eskisehir Amateur Jazz Musicians’ Festival (2004 and 2005).

In the year 2002, Koray started working on a bunch of fretless solo bass songs with live electronics and loops, some of which ended up as the “Miro’un Aşkı (Miro’s Love)” album, recorded by Gökhan Yılmaz in his home studio in 2002. His solo bass song “Kemikkiran” has been awarded No.1 prize in a national solo bass competition in 2006. Various invited workshops focusing on improvisation and recording in Ankara and Eskişehir have followed.

2008 saw the formation of two new bands, TriBass and OSO Project, both of which performed at the Ankara International Jazz Festival. TriBass is an unusual band consisting of three bass players with contrasting styles. In 2009, he has performed with MCNKY, a jazz-fusion band with horns and live electronics at Eskisehir Amateur Jazz Musicians’ Festival once again.

Being a fan of heavy/progressive rock music since his early teens got Koray involved with some rock-based projects as well. The most notable of such is Knightmare, an Ankara-based heavy-power metal band whose founder member is a high school buddy. He performed for the band’s self-titled debut album which is to be released in 2010 and a number of shows between 2004-2008 in addition to a title in a tribute album distributed through Europe.

After having adapted a new right hand technique with extended range bass guitars in 2008, Koray started working on a new solo album to showcase this approach in the summer of 2009. The recording sessions were completed in december with Kuzey Yılmaz on drums, tabla and ghatam, Ozan Dündar on electric piano and organ. Also included was his long-time friend N.Emin Güven on piano.
   Discography (released by Mireille Music)