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Batu Akyol is a London based documentary director and the co-founder of Loyka Visual Arts.
In 2011 he started the production of music documentary “Jazz in Turkey.” This project focused on the milestones of Jazz Music in Turkey for the first time and was completed in 2013 after a two-year process (turkiyedecaz.com). The film premiered at Istanbul Jazz Festival and was shown at film festivals in more than ten countries, including Istanbul Film Festival in Turkey.
From 2012 to 2015, he produced a mini series of Internet documentaries, “Backstage Istanbul”, with globally-known musicians who visited Istanbul for shows. In 2013, he produced an Internet documentary named “Second Hand” on pets living in animal shelters. He shot videos of the recording of seven songs by Kerem Görsev within “To Bill Evans” project. The recording was made in March 2013 in Prague with Kağan Yıldız on contrabass, Ferit Odman on percussions, and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alan Broadbent. He produced a documentary with the same title, “To Bill Evans.”
In 2015, he started shooting a culinary documentary called “The Taste of Istanbul” (istanbuluntadi.com). The scenario interviews were completed in 2016 and the documentary is scheduled for viewing in 2018.
In 2016, he followed and shot the recording of “Possibilities”, a jazz album focusing on the songs by a pop musician, Kenan Doğulu. The production of this documentary is still in progress and will focus on the details of this very first jazz album by the well-known pop musician.
He is also the art director and editor of Jazz Dergisi, a platform founded in 2016.