Ayhan Sicimoğlu was born in 1950. After finishing at Tarsus American College, he studied Economics at Hacettepe University in Ankara. During his time as a student, Sicimoğlu gained a reputation for being a talented drummer. After studying photography and films in England, he returned to Turkey, and founded “Ipucu” with Mazhar Fuat Ozkan, arranging and recording the song “Heyecanli”. Sicimoğlu then went to Rome upon the invitation of Toni Esposito, a well-known drummer in Italian circles, to join his group. During his stay in Rome, Sicimoğlu got a musical education and started playing drum and percussion with “La Banda del Sole” alongside Bennatto and other renowned artists such as Karl Potter, Johny Otis, and Tulio De Piscopo.
Sicimoğlu then went to the US, and worked at various Latin clubs and radios. He also participated in many musical workshops, including downtown music master Johnny Rodriguez’ senior workshop, and expanded his Latin network. Sicimoğlu also took a class on world percussion at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and a seminar on explorations in Afro-Cuban dance and percussion at Humboldt State University in Northern California.
After spending seven years in the US, Sicimoğlu returned to Turkey, and lectured on drumming. Currently, he performs with his band “Ayhan Sicimoğlu and Latin All Star”, and produces the TV program “Ayhan Sicimoğlu ile Renkler.”