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Ferdi Serim

Ferdi Serim

Ferdi Serim


Ferdi Serim (whose name in Turkish means "unique old soul") was born in Princeton, NJ and grew up in the NY area. Ferdi is a multi-instrumentalist who brings the fire of jazz creativity to a variety of settings, inspired by his mentor, Dizzy Gillespie. In 1999, Ferdi moved to Santa Fe, and finding so many great drummers, ended up playing alto flute (and more recently Yamaha WX-5 windsynth) almost exclusively. His first two CDs (Mirrors, Echoes, and Bridges) and a sound-track for "Creative Brains: Gifted Read more on Last.fm
Ferdi Serim (whose name in Turkish means "unique old soul") was born in Princeton, NJ and grew up in the NY area. Ferdi is a multi-instrumentalist who brings the fire of jazz creativity to a variety of settings, inspired by his mentor, Dizzy Gillespie. In 1999, Ferdi moved to Santa Fe, and finding so many great drummers, ended up playing alto flute (and more recently Yamaha WX-5 windsynth) almost exclusively. His first two CDs (Mirrors, Echoes, and Bridges) and a sound-track for "Creative Brains: Gifted, Talented & Dyslexic" were recorded at his home studio, assisted by a wonderful piano player who prefers to remain anonymous (Ferdi played all the other instruments on these recordings). His upcoming project CLARO will involve many of the wonderful musicians from the Santa Fe area, as well as players with whom he's built friendships as he "sits in" at various cities where ed tech conferences take place.

Stay tuned, these tunes will be heard here first! His earliest memories include hearing Adlai Stevenson recite Carl Sandburg's poems for Aaron Copeland's "Lincoln Portrait" with the NY Philharmonic, and being transported to another world. From that moment on, music has been his deepest, broadest connection with life. He started playing drums in 1960 and added clarinet in 1961. As a music teacher in Newark NJ, he added almost every other instrument to his pallette (all but harmonica) and began initiating students into the creative world of improvisation.

In 1982 he met Dizzy Gillespie and began a deep friendship, which included bringing Dizzy to several communities on the east coast. Ferdi would take Dizzy's charts and work with high school musicians as an artist in residence, until they could play them well enough for Dizzy to join them in a community concert. Tickets sales from these shows raised funds for other jazz masters to work with the students and perform evening concerts with them as well (including Frank Foster, Wild Bill Davis, Charlie Rouse, Arnie Lawrence, Steve Nelson, Jimmy Ponder and others). Read more on Last.fm.

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