Nicosia-born bass player, composer and arranger Cahit Kutrafali is one of the first callsession players in Cyprus. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music in 2007.
Since then he has been performing as a band leader and working with numerous musicians and bands as a sideman throughout Cyprus, Europe and Turkey. He is best known for his versatility and unique style of soloing on electric bass where he combines bebop elements with a modern approach.
Beside performing, he is also one of the faculty members of the ‘’Jazz Futures’’ and ‘’Cyprus Jazz Workshops’’ which is supported by the U.S Embassy in Cyprus.
He has performed and recorded with respected names such as Chris Byars, Gilad Atzmon, Ari Roland, Keith Balla, John Mosca, Charis Ioannou, Marios Toumbas, Genco Arı, Cenk Erdoğan, Vahagn Hayrapetyan, Ercument Orkut, Ioannis Vafeas, Zaid Nasser and many more. He recently released his debut album, As It Is, in October 2015. As a result of the CD, he has been performing regularly in the Istanbul jazz scene with outstanding musicians. Also, Cahit is a member of the Nicosia Municipal Orchestra as an arranger and a double bass player.