As a cross-cultural musician, I have blended my cultural roots with contemporary jazz and funk beats. I started this journey in 1999 with Ayhan Sicimoglu in Istanbul Turkey, and studied Afro-Cuban rhythms. From performing with Las Estrellas in Istanbul under Ayhan Sicimoglu's Afro-Cuban Project, I’ve continued my journey in Dallas performing with different musicians in Latin, Jazz, Rock, Folk and Funk styles since 2004, along with my own band “Duriye & Friends." As a conga player, it’s been important for me to apply the fundamentals of Afro-Cuban rhythms with the proper technique and discipline. Performing with people who appreciate the profundity of Latin music brings me enormous pleasure.