Anil Eraslan   cellist, composer, improviser

Born in Turkey in 1981, was formed in Ankara before settling in France and studying classical, new music, jazz and improvisation in Conservatoire de Strasbourg. After the studies, he founded his quartet ‘Auditive Connection’. They got the AJC JazzMigration Selection and they performed in many festivals in France, Germany, Ireland, Turkey, Italy and Portugal. Between 2012-2015, he was the artist in residency in Illiade Concert Hall where he created the trio ‘Balboura’, playing the music from South-West of Turkey and also trio Skaner with Sylvain Kassap and Eric Groleau, playing his arrangements and compositions as a tribute project to the Woodstock’s free jazz scene 'Creative Music Studio'.

In 2009,  he started collaborating with many bands in Istanbul. 

He met the singer Sumru Ağıryürüyen and they started their duo ‘Sert Sessizler’. The album is released by Baykus Music in 2012.

He collaborates with his musicians friends from Istanbul such as Tolga Tüzün, Ayse Tütüncü, Cenk Erdoğan, Oğuz Büyükberber, Korhan Erel, Şevket Akıncı and Alper Maral

In 2010, he started to play a duo with John Lindberg. Their LP record  'Juggling Kukla' is released by the Lithuanian label ‘NoBusiness’ in 2015. 

In 2012, he was artist in residency in Berlin for the CEAAC program to develop his project on improvisation & pinhole photography. In 2014,

he was artist in residency in OMI Art Center in New York. 

In 2013, he co-founded the P.I.L.S. Collective to organize and curate improvised music concerts in Strasbourg.

He has a string trio; 'Kemik' with Ruben Tenenbaum and Vincent Posty had several concerts in Europe and Turkey.

They played their own music, improvisations and they composed for the legendary movie from 1922 'Häxan'.

He recorded his first solo album ‘Absorb’ and it is released by A.K. Müzik in 2015 in Istanbul.

He played his solo in the festivals such as; Jazz d'Or, Météo, Superflux, Jazz à l'Etage, Baignade Interdite, Sunnyside, Contemp-Micro and

MIRR Jazz Days.


He’s multiplying the projects and experiences between Strasbourg, Berlin, Paris, Istanbul and Tokyo.

He collaborates with the figures of the experimental music scene such as Axel Dörner, Tobias Delius, Tristan Honsinger, Michael Moore, Liz Kozack, Antonio Borghini, Marcello Busato, Antonis Anissegos, Ketan Bhatti, Cymin Samawati and Philippe Lemoine. He is currently playing with bands such as Trickster Orchestra in Berlin, duo with Yuki Saga in Tokyo and Trio 'H' dedicated to the French nuclear tests of the 60s in the Algerian Sahara with Grégory Dargent and Wassim Halal in Paris and the Rembetiko music band 'Sousta Politiki' in Strasbourg. He's collaborating in theater and story telling projects with Matthieu Epp and also the composer, baglama player Taner Akyol since many years.

A new quartet is born in november 2018 with Fred Frith, Clara Weil and Tom Malmendier

Besides, he's working on photography and video projects.