About Okan Ersan
GUITARIST COMPOSER & RECORDING ARTIST
IT STARTS WITH -
An endless passion for music, for voices,
for discovery, for people, for life.
Okan Ersan’s Mediterranean roots and mindset have provided the springboard for a successful international career as a guitarist and composer. His innate ability to create complex harmonies that fuse into smooth melodies provide an inspiring experience for the listener. His work has earned accolades from his peers and across the music industry and his high-energy electric fusion appeals to audiences all over the world. Okan has headlined at prestigious International Jazz festivals including Leverkusener Jazztage, Penang Island Jazz Festival, Nanjing Jazz, Kansas City Jazz Festival, Carthage Jazztage, Aalener Jazz Festival, Ingolstadt Jazztage and more…A respected artist, he has collaborated with outstanding musicians such as Dave Weckl, Ernie Watts, Billy Paul, Rex Richardson, Fazıl Say, Joe Lynn Turner and Volkan Öktem.
Okan Ersan is an experienced recording artist who is about to release his third album. Each album has pushed the musical boundaries for the next. From traditional jazz fusion from the first album of his early years To Whom It May Concern fiery solos tinged with a distinctly eastern shine in his second album A Reborn Journey. Inspired to think extra terrestrially by the 1977 ‘wow’ signal, believed to be the first alien radio transmission, Okan’s latest album showcases futuristic jazz fusion with no limits. Featuring NASA recordings of space blended with sophisticated harmonies and solid tonality, his album Nibiru presents music that is ahead of its time.
Okan has been a Yamaha Guitars performing artist for almost two decades using his role as a successful musician to inspire guitarists and upcoming talents through workshops with Dave Weckl and Rex Richardson and as a music teacher. Okan Ersan is also an endorser and performing artist for YAMAHA and PRS Guitars along with ATC Acoustic Engineer Speakers and GHS Strings.
RECORDING – WORKSHOP – ON STAGE
Billy Paul, Ernie Watts, Dave Weckl, Rex Richardson, Fazıl Say, Joe Lynn Turner, Shirley Lites, Tony Jones, Michael Brown, Volkan Öktem, Eylem Pelit, Serkan Özyılmaz , Aycan Teztel, Şenova Ülker, Levent Altındağ, Ercan Irmak, Mısırlı Ahmet, Eric Marienthal, Jan Zehrfield, Sebastian Lanser, Heiko Jung, Gregor Bürger, Martin Mayrhofer, Andreas Georgiu, Toorsten Goods, Ola Onabule, Michael Mondesir ,Geoff Dunn,Ugo Delmirani, Soner Ersen, Serdar Barçın, Çağdaş Oruç, Çağrı Sertel, Emin İnal, Zacky, Frank Itt, Elvan Arıcı, Yahya Dai, Cengiz Baysal, İmer Demirer, İlker Özalp, Oytun Ersan, Alpay Şalt, Gür Akad, Mert Topel, Cem Köksal, Hakan Şavklı, Çağatay Ateş, Charis Ioannou, Ioannis Vafeas, Michael Messios, Eckhard Mezselinsky and m0re…
Al di Meola, Chick Corea, John Mc Laughlin, Robben Ford, Dave Weckl, Gregory Porter
"Okan Ersan is a session guitarist and a group leader. His unique and discriminating way to combine Jazz-Fusion with solid Rock & Blues components is captured on his recent released CD"
-YAMAHA GUITARS CATALOG
ENDORSER OF YAMAHA GUITARS SINCE 2003
The Yamaha SA2200 combines a classic design with outstanding craftsmanship, premium materials and player-focused features to create a guitar that perfectly combines looks, sound and playability.
– Okan Ersan
PLEXI AMPS SIGNATURE HEAD
The first Super Lead heads used EL34 power tubes, dual solid state rectifiers, and a single 100-watt Mercury transformer. A new 5000pf bright cap was used that, along with the EL34 tubes, gave the Superlead a more aggressive tone compared to the first 100-watt Plexi.