Bilal Karaman’s


Gypsy jazz

Gypsy jazz reaches the banks of the Bosphorus and merges Anatolian tunes.

Considered as the best Turkish guitarist of his generation, Bilal Karaman and his band MANOUCHE A LA TURCA pay tribute to the great Django and moor gypsy jazz on the banks of the Bosphorus. An original work, an amazing fusion between gypsy jazz school and Turkish music.
Open to encounters and sharing, MANOUCHE A LA TURCA combines in his concerts and recordings many virtuosos of the Istanbul scene.

Founded in 2010, Manouche A La Turca has signed a first eponymous album in 2018, followed by a second volume in 2019. The third album, Manouche A La Turca Vol. 3 Live, released in March 2020 and brings together live records in France and Istanbul with guest artists, as well as new creations to discover. 

Bilal KARAMAN • guitar        

Özgün BORA • guitar        

Baran SAY • double bass

& Guests

Muhammed YILDIRIR • violin

Ramazan SESLER • clarinet

Bilal Karaman


Bilal Karaman grew up in the cosmopolitan city, Istanbul, and came into metal, jazz, popular music, and sharpened a wonderfully eclectic style. His talent and technique quickly gained recognition. 

Musician and composer, guitarist Bilal Karaman performed in thirty countries with own projects and took the stages with Dianne Reeves, Marcus Miller, Zakir Hussein, Aynur, or Hüsnü Şenlendirici.

In 2012, he was among "the four rising guitarists of the year" nominated by Barry Cleveland and American Guitar Player magazine.

Some compared him to the great Django Reinhardt. He then discovered the gypsy jazz, fusion appeared in the 30s between jazz -whose influences were then felt in Europe- and the gypsy musics. Gypsy jazz was intrinsically open to improvisation and crossings. Bilal Karaman immersed in this universe, enriched it with pieces from Anatolia -Greek sirtos, Turkish classical music, popular tunes- and created the Manouche A La Turca project as an adventure open to encounters with other musicians. 

Since 2011, this curious and innovative jazzman has produced 5 albums.

Two virtuosos of the Istanbul music stage who regularly cross the road of Manouche to La Turca


The clarinet master Ramazan Sesler is the heir of a 3 generations musical tradition from Greece to Turkey. The refined breath of his clarinet leads us from the delicate Turkish classic music to the festive rhythms of the Balkans, and to the alternatively jubilant and melancholic atmospheres of the Bosphorus tavernas. His album at Sony Music From father to son and his live project From father to son, a clarinet legend perpetuate the legend of "Sesler".


In Istanbul, the nickname of Muhammed Yıldırır is the prodigy violinist. Graduated from the National Conservatory of the Istanbul Technical University, the artist gets many prizes and is listed in Guinness World Records as the fastest violinist in the world. He founded and directs several orchestras and develops numerous projects concerned with encouraging musical practice among young people.

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Manouche a La Turca Vol: II (2019), Manouche A La Turca (2018), Hayyam Sessions (2014), Patika (2013), Bahane (2011)

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