Karsu is a multi-talent. The Dutch musician with Turkish roots is not only a gifted singer and pianist, but also a composer, musical arranger and lyricist. Karsu wrote almost all the compositions for her (debut) album CONFESSION (2012), as well as for her album COLORS (2015). Since her early youth Karsu has been performing on local and international stages. She started playing for an audience as a young girl in her father’s restaurant, Kilim, in Amsterdam, Holland. From there she made it to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, she played the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Istanbul Jazz Festival and she performed – a few times already – at the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York. Already from a very young age it became obvious that Karsu has music flowing through her veins. As a child she was fascinated by piano music. “I saw those pianists on television with their long, flowing hair, these Einstein-like types and I thought, “That’s really cool” I was instantly fascinated by the tunes they played,” is how Karsu describes her love for her favorite instrument.
On the 8th of March she will present her 4th album "KARSU" at De Centrale, in which she carefully connects jazz, pop and world music. For this album she gained inspiration in the streets of China, in the Desa of Bali, on hills of Los Angeles and in the mountains of southern Turkey. The long-awaited new album is a mix of English and Turkish songs that lead along the ups and downs of life.