Emre Kartari is an award winning drummer and educator based in U.S.A and Turkey. Aside from his performing and recording schedule, Emre is an accomplished jazz educator. He has founded the first state funded jazz program in Turkey.
Born into a family of musicians and artists, he moved to the United States when he was ten years old. Soon after, he began to study drums, which led to studying jazz percussion with T. Howard Curtis at the Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds an M.A. in jazz performance and composition from New York University and received the Barney Josephson Award in 2003.
He toured the United States with the spoken-word, hip-hop group, Jazz Poets Society. While in New York, Kartari studied with Adam Nussbaum, John Riley, Tony Moreno, Billy Hart and Jamey Haddad. He has performed with jazz greats including Charlie Byrd, Ralph Lalama, Vic Juris, John D'earth, Paul Pieper, Ron McClure, Skip Gailes, Mike Richmond, Dena Derose and David Liebman.
His first CD as a leader, Perpetual Anxiety, is released in Turkey under the Dogan Music label.
Kartari has played and recorded with his own quartet Origin, featuring David Liebman, John D'earth and Howard Curtis. Emre also recorded with the trio Big Girl, featuring Darius Jones and Trevor Dunn.
As an educator, he worked with the New York Pops-Mentors in Music program. He is currently working at the Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory in Turkey.