KeKeça | About


KeKeÇa Body Percussion Ensemble; founded by Tugay Başar and Timuçin Gürer, have been working since 2002; doing performances, trainings and workshops, working for international and local projects for culture, arts and education through body percussion and body music. The group has performances, workshops with various diverse groups and ages, as well as inclusive, disabled, and disadvantaged groups. They involve the audience in their performances and emphasize interactivity. They have been a part of the IBMF (International Body Music Festival) since the beginning and have become one of the partners in such an exclusive international cooperation of artists in this area. They hosted the 5th IBMF in Istanbul between 9-14 October 2012 and they continue collaborating with many artists and institutions from around the world.


Tugay Basar and Timucin Gurer who have been working together since 2002 founded the KeKeÇa ensemble of body percussion and body music. Since 2008 Gökçe, Ayse and Özgü joined in. The group has performances, interactive shows, workshops with various diverse groups and ages, teacher trainings, trainings for adults and youngsters as well as inclusive, disabled, and disadvantaged groups.

Tugay Başar

He is the founder of KeKeÇa. He studied ethnomusicology. He played, sang and conducted various music ensembles. Also, he is continuing his works on Music and Movement Education with Orff approach. He established KeKeCa – EEYO Ensemble that consists of hearing impaired students from Eskisehir Anadolu University with Timuçin Gürer and Zekiye Doğan with the understanding of “Every Body Hears-Her Beden Duyar”. Email:

Timuçin Gürer

He is the founder of KeKeÇa. He insists on being a (body) musician and an engineer simultaneously. He was involved in folk music/dance and theater groups and he is a member of Ayşe Tütüncü Piano Percussion Ensemble currently. He is concentrated on the interface of body music field with music, percussion and improvisation; as well as with theatre and dance. He believes every body can join in the music.

Gökçe Gürçay

He was born in 1980, has been the drummer of Gevende music band since 2002. He has been working as a trainer at Zilzurna Rhythm Group of Semav- er Kumpanya Theater Company since 2006. He has done rhythm workshops in 45 cities with 11000 kids with Zilzurna in Turkey, as part of Independence Train Project (by Hurriyet Media). He started soundpainting (sign language for live composition and improvisation) and have workshops as a sound- painter since 2008. He is the soundpainter of Istanbul Soundpainting Orchestra. He ran into body percussion and became a member of KeKeÇa in 2009. He had performances and workshops in Portugal, Brasil, USA, Italy, Germany, France, Holland as well as nearly all International Body Music Festivals as an o cial artist. He started his solo show ''Me Play Me'' in 2011 and a duo show ''A Couple of Works'' with Ayşe Akarsu in 2012. He coreo- graphed sound and movement of the nation-wide famous ''Hayde'' scene in lm ''Av Mevsimi''. He continues to o er workshops, performances, body music scene designs and various artistic collaborations for national and international projects.

Ayşe Akarsu

She was born in 1977. She graduated from advertising, had masters degree on curriculum design and chose learning design as profession. She worked for private schools as a learning designer as well as a trainer for teacher training and lifelong learning institutions, also coordinating international projects for intercultural learn- ing. She always had several art forms in her life, started music by playing the piano in 1987. She is a passionate learner, performer and trainer of body music since 2008. She believes body music is the most natural and naïve way to express feelings, nd balance in life and discover ways of creativity. She is a member of KeKeÇa since 2009. She works with many groups including dancers, students, professional music and performance groups, musicians and hearing-impaired youngsters. She has been giving workshops with KeKeÇa in many countries as well as many cities in Turkey, attending IBMF as an o cial artist, collaborating with other musicians from around the world. She has been doing a duo show ‘’A Couple of Works’’ with Gökçe Gürçay, she leads ''The Ladies'' group in Istanbul designing body music for many traditional songs from di erent cultures as well as Anatolian. She is also a member of Istanbul Soundpainting Orchestra. Email:

Özgü Bulut

Born in 1975. Bachelor in Classical Percussion Performance - minor in Ensemble Conducting. Masters in Musicology, PhD in performance, thesis in Turkish: Body Music and Crowds, 2010. Faculty member at Ondokuz Mayıs University State Conservatory in Samsun and giving graduate level percussion courses at Anadolu University in Eskişehir. Occasional teacher trainer at Turkish Ministry of Education and Turkish Education Association. Instructed an educational interactive TV series, worked with mallet bands, children with autism, factory workers, bus drivers, psychotherapists, architecture students, visual artists, mixed crowds, musicians, actors and educators from all fields. Encourages composers to compose for body music and performs their music, composes music for instruments and body percussion, publishes articles. Remarkable recent past: Performance with percussion group - Slagwerk Den Haag collaboration, guest performer at Borusan İstanbul Philharmonic Orchestra and solo body music composition performances and workshops at Body Music Minifest in Athens. Composed a quartet named Tuhaflık for percussion with body music and audience interaction, premiered in İstanbul, music will be published soon. Upcoming body music and Soundpainting workshops: Music Village in Badenbach - Germany, EAS Conference in Malmö, Music Village in Şirince. Member of KeKeÇa, percussion group, European Association for Music Educators, International Society for Music Educators, International Council for Traditional Music, TED Ankara College Alumni Society and Toastmasters International.