Born in Amsterdam in 1990, Karsu Donmez is named after the Turkish village Karsuköyü, where her parents were born. Her natural bond with this village and Turkey combined with her Dutch heritage reflects her natural abundance of multicultural influences in her compositions.
Karsu started playing the piano at the age of 7, and at the age of 14 discovered her strong gift as a vocalist. In 2006, Karsu performed during the world scholar athlete games in Rhode Island, and in 2007 she was given the chance to be heard and make her debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She was subsequently chosen to make another debut, this time regularly in the Netherlands, Indonesia, Germany, Belgium, Suriname, Great Britain and Turkey. She has also performed with the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in celebration of the 400th anniversary of relations between Amsterdam and New York.
In October 2012, Karsu released her first studio album, Confession. The album was an instant success, and reached first place on I-tunes within two days of its release. It is a mix of jazz and pop with Turkish influences. Confession has also received rave reviews from publications including Jazzism, which gave it a 4 out of 5 ranking.
Early this month, the story of Karsu was told in a film documentary produced by award winning film maker Mercedes Stalenhoef, of the Netherlands. On November 17th, the documentary, Karsu, premiered at the Tuschinski Cinema in Amsterdam.
Friday, November 30, 2012 at 6.00PM
Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY