Instructors

Cengiz Baysal

Cengiz Baysal

Drum Instructor

Cengiz Baysal began playing drums at the age of 12, in Turkey, forming a band that would go on the win a National competition less than 2 years later. At the age of 20, Cengiz went to the Percussion Institute of Technology, in Los Angeles, where he graduated with honors. He returned to Istanbul and worked professionally with Turkish Jazz greats like Kerem Gorsev, Imer Demirer, and Neset Ruacan. In 1995 Cengiz attended Berklee College of Music, graduating "Summa Cum Laude". While there his accomplishments included attaining the drum seat for prestigious ensembles like the Art Blakey Ensemble with Bill Pierce, Thad Jones Mel Lewis Big Band, and the Hal Crook Jazz Improv Ensemble. Cengiz toured with various Jazz bands from 2000-2009, playing clubs and festivals internationally, such as the Blue Note in NYC, Joe Zawinul's Birdland, Vienna, and the Beale Street Music Festival. During those years he was also a full-time music instructor at Istanbul Bilgi University. He recorded his first album in 2002, "Yildizlarin Ustunde", which was listed as one of the most liked albums by Jazz Magazine's readers poll. He recorded two more albums, "Candy and Milkshake", 2005 and "Baby Steps", 2013. Cengiz was a drummer for the Turkish rock band Duman ("Darmaduman", 2013), and was listed as "Best Drummer in Turkey" by Volume Magazine's readers poll. Cengiz stopped touring in 2016, and started collaborating on projects with local New Jersey musicians, while sharing his talents through drum workshops nationally. His musical instruction technique is complemented by his years of teaching students at University level, and his real world performance experience. He is a masterful teacher, with an intense love for the art of percussion.