Sjahin was born in 1972 Amsterdam, raised in Istanbul for the first six years of his life before moving back to the Netherlands to the small island of Texel in the North Sea. Sjahin’s meticulous attention to his art and profession runs in the family. His grandfather once led the second violin section at Amsterdam’s world renowned Concertgebouw Orkest, while his father is still active as woodworker and luthier. Sjahin’s mother is a ceramist, and his younger brother a jazz guitarist living in Italy.
Sjahin is a permanent resident of the Netherlands where he makes a living as a musician, having founded and led several groups that include Bayuba Cante, Turqumstances and at present Tarhana and Afro Anatolian Tales and most recently Arifa & Shishani & Namibian Tales. He is a producer and teacher of world music, specialized in percussion. During has studied and performed on five continents, learning from masters as far afield as Havana, Cuba to Istanbul, Turkey as well as India, Spain and Africa. The percussion instruments he masters range from bata drums, to congas, cajon, udu, various frame drums, and darbuka, riq to kanjira.

At a certain point in career Şahin felt the need to take a new musical approach . In order to develop a different sound and rhythmical concept that embraced other rhythms which offer a wide range of contrast, he decided to go back to Istanbul and study Anatolian and Near Eastern rhythms and instruments. Having done so he continues to study with great masters, constantly integrating his new vocabulary into wider musical contexts with tailor made music formations that all bear the mark of his own distinctive sound and percussion setup.

Sjahin During has toured and given concerts and workshops in Canada, Morocco, Germany, Italy, Belgium, France, Turkey, Greece, Spain, Egypt, Cuba, Iceland, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Tunisia, Rajasthan India, Oman, Switzerland, Iran, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Bahrain, Kuwait, Dubai, Mexico, UK, Austria, Colombia, Brazil, Poland & Czech Republic and Holland.

Festivals & Venues

North Sea Jazz Festival, Big Bang Drum Festival, Percussion Festival Havana-Cuba, Nuits de Afrique – Montreal, Vancouver Folk Festival, Rhythms of the World – Toronto, Halifax Atlantic Jazz Festival, Tradition du Monde – Quebec, Banff Art Centre, Istanbul Akbank Jazz Festival, Babylon, ODTU Ankara, Rajaststan Folk Festival, Ollin Kan Mexico, Dubai Jazz, Cairo Jazz Festival, Music Meeting Festival, Paradiso, Bimhuis, Reiziger in Muziek TV, Concertgebouw-Amsterdam, Rasa, Melkweg, de Doelen, Vredeburg, Heineken Music Hall.

Worked With

Claron Mcfadden , Asko – Schönberg Ensemble, Martin Fondse, Harmen Franje, Arto Tunçboyaciyan, Osama Abdulrasol, Eric Vloeimans, Miguel “Anga” Diaz, Simon Phillips, Pedro Luis Ferrer, Lakha Khan, , Jorge Reyes, Naseer Shamma, Edmare Castaneda, Brenna MacCrimmon, Alex Simu, Osama Abdulrasol,, Mola Sylla, Franz von Chossy, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui(Les Ballets C. de la B.), Aynur, the Gypsy’s from Rajasthan, Izaline Calister & Theodosii Spassov.

Over the years Sjahin During gives lessons in percussion and various concepts of non-western rhythm at Masters Department at HKU Utrecht and various other conservatories.