Ilhan moved to the US from his native Istanbul 27 years ago with an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design and graduate degree in Photography. As an award-winning Art Director he worked at an ad agency before he entered the NY live music scene. 
In the past 20 years he has presented Turkish, Mediterranean and World music at prestigious places like Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and Florence Gould Hall. Ilhan also ran successful establishments like St. Marx Café, Maia Meyhane and Drom hosting many memorable nights of music, food & culture and continues to present music of different cultures at various venues around town. In addition to being the manager of the New York Gypsy All-Stars, Ilhan is one of the producers of the annual NY Gypsy Festival (now in its 12th year) and the Istanbulive @ Central Park SummerStage concert series (held betw. 2009 to 2016)