About Me

“I grew up in a very dance and musically dynamic place with my parents both being traditional dancers. I realised from an early age that I did not choose music; music chose me!”

Efe Erdem cites as main artistic influences James Brown, Maceo Parker, Johnny Guitar Watson, Nils Landgren, Roy Hargrove, and Quincy Jones. His own sound moves on the fringe, blending elements of genres into something all his own, much like the post-bop creativity of Herbie Hancock. His style is off-the-cuff and unpredictable, reminiscent of Trombone Shorty, seemingly inspired at the moment he takes up his instrument. The result is a versatile trombonist with an uncommon flair who can sit in with any crew of players and hold his own, and then proceed to surprise and delight music fans.

Playing music which reflects his own unique personality is a key part of Efe Erdem’s performance both onstage and in the studio. It is a principle he wholeheartedly believes in.

“Not going along with what is expected of one,” he writes, “is automatically the only and best way to go about the task at hand.”


Efe Erdem was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1989. After finishing his primary education, he was successfully accepted to further his studies at the Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory in 2000.

Efe began his music education in the Classical Trombone Department, taking lessons from A. Bedii Durham. During this time, he participated in Classical Trombone, Jazz/ Blues and Latin music workshops. At the age of 15, alongside his studies, he already played with many classical orchestras/bands and performed as a trombonist in concert halls, theaters, clubs and bars, covering all styles of music but concentrating primarily on jazz and improvisation.

In 2008, Efe became a part of the alumni of Bart van Lier and Ilja Reijngoud at Codarts Conservatory, Rotterdam. He graduated in 2012. Since then, he has played at many festivals, was featured on radio stations/TV channels, performed at various festivals and cultural organizations, composed/played on many albums/projects in Turkey, Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg,USA,Mozambique,South Africa, Cabo Verde and Indonesia.


Efe has proven with his discipline, diligence, positivity and consistency that he can perfectly adapt to a new situation. He has moved to Rotterdam on his own and focused on starting a life in a new country. He has studied, worked and still works extremely hard, creates goodwill, has built a wide artistic and a professional network around his practice. Efe turns opportunities into luck and is determined to improve himself, both as a musician, as well as a young professional.