Nic Koray


Info Nic Koray live 2023 (by J.S.)

Nic Koray is a musician and composer living and working in Germany, NRW.

Although born in Turkey, she feels more Irish than German or Turkish.
She dedicates this Celtic feeling and attitude to her music. Her work also reflects her feeling of being a traveller, and at home anywhere in the world.

Nic works across a range of disciplines - from songwriting and composing to performing as a singer, guitarist, and piano player.

She also plays various other  instruments, including tenor guitar, guitarlele, ukulele, bouzouki, harmonium, and percussion.

While playing live concerts - solo, as a duo, or with her five piece band - Nic draws upon the influences of indie, folk, and pop - as well as a touch of tradition Irish melody and lyricism - to create her own unique, authentic, and poetic style and sound.

As lead singer, band leader,  lyricist, and songwriter Nic has released three albums, one EP, and a number of videos.

With her electronic project „Monocular“ she had produced and released another three Cds and one EP.

Running concurrently with her musical career, Nic is also an illustrator and author of several children’s books.

Nic is also a shepherdess with her own beloved flock of sheep.
This work gives her an appreciation of silence, solace,
the elements, the seasons, and an understanding of inter-being with nature - which, in turn, offers her inspiration for all her creative outlets.

The ideal of living in peace with nature and its creatures is one main motivation for all of Nic’s work. This is clearly reflected in her songs and lyrics.

To promote living in harmony with nature and to involve people in the artistic and creative process and experience,
Nic conducts workshops for schools and other institutions, exploring improvisation, singing, and experimenting with sound.

Nic Koray has supported such well known acts as The Cranberries, Ezio, Flowerpornoes, Tom Liwa and Maria Solheim.

She has collaborated with diverse artists including Paul James Berry (Rose of Avalanche), Tom Liwa (Flowerpornoes),
Oliver Rüsing (Karibow) et cetera.

 German-Turkish singer and composer Nic Koray has supported headline acts such as The Cranberries, Ezio, Flowerpornoes, Tom Liwa and Maria Solheim.




Your finest Drops: Your Finest Drops (1997)

Nic Koray: Traveller (2010)

Nic Koray: Intertwine (2017)

Nic Koray: Pearl Diver (2018)

Nic koray : Dandelion (2023)

Monocular: Somewhere on the line (2009)

Monocular: Pinetrees (2012)

Monocular: Freak (2017)


on tour


Nic Koray is on tour again in 2023.

With her guitar, her suitcase full of songs, and two new albums. She plays throughout Germany, in different formations (solo, duo, trio, band). She gives inspiring and intensive concerts on big and small stages, at festivals, in pubs - or in living rooms.


From early childhood the German-Turkish singer and composer lived on the intense and idyllic setting of her father’s ship in the Mediterranean, and grew up surrounded by goats, dolphins, and the English language. Perhaps that’s why she writes of her own experiences, visions, and everyday curiosities in musical scenarios and stories, and why she sings of the big and small wonders of life, and our responsibility to them.



The band´s Line-up changes according to events, projects, and locations.

Nic Koray: Vocals, guitar, Ukulele, tenor Guitar, Guitarlele, Songwriting, Lyrics

Mirko Adden: Piano, Tuba, Bodrhan, Glockenspiel, Keybord, Arrangement, Recording, Mixing

Dirk Hengesbach: E-guitar, Cello

David Senf: Bass, Double Bass

Joel Dahlhoff: Drums, Percussion

Jan Koray: e-guitar, Guitar, Recording, Recording and Mixing "Intertwine"and "Dandelion"



Band Members

Mirko Adden:

Drums, Piano, Bodrhan, Glockenspiel, Tuba, Arrengements, Recording, Mixing

Producer and longtime musical partner accompanies Nic Koray at duo, trio and band concerts with Piano, Tuba, Percussion or Drums and supported her with his energy and imaginative ideas throughout the recording of the Debut Album TRAVELLER (2010)

and the newest Album PEARL DIVER (2018).

In his studio he arranges, records and mixes with passion and endurance.

Dirk Hengesbach:

E-guitar, acoustic guitar, Tin-Whistle, Cello

Dirk Hengesbach supports the songs with a lot of love and enthusiasm on electric guitar and cello and develops unmistakably beautiful lines.

Jan Koray:

Acoustic guitar, Rhodes, piano

Recording, Mixing, Mastering "Intertwine"

Multitalented on different instruments, composer for Monocular and sound engineer in his own studio, duo partner and producer for the album „Intertwine“(2017).

David Senf:

Bass and photographic eye of the band

Not only does he support the live concerts with his groovy and passionate bass playing, he also makes wonderful photos and videos appear as if by magic!


Joel Dahlhoff: Drums

Drummer of the Live-Band, with energy and heart.

Musical cast:



Nic Koray- guitar, vocals


Duo (2 guitars, vocals):

Jan Koray- guitar

Nic Koray- guitar, vocals


Duo (Piano, guitar, vocals):

Mirko Adden- Piano, Percussion

Nic Koray, guitar, vocals


Trio (Piano, Tuba, e-guitar, Cello, guitar, vocals):

Dirk Hengesbach- e-guitar, Cello

Mirko Adden- Piano, Tuba

Nic Koray- vocals, guitar



Nic Koray- vocals, guitar

Mirko Adden- Piano, Tuba, Bodrhan

Dirk Hengesbach- E-guitar, Cello

David Senf: Bass

Joel Dahlhoff: Drums, Glockenspiel, Percussion



Other passing and returning musicians are:


Double bass player Victoria Schier,

Drummer Andreas Düsener,

Cello player Katrin Gelvink,

guitarist Martin Schroer,

Guitarist Andreas Wildenhain,

Bass player Andreas Reinhard,

Bass player Jörg Regner


Thanks to you all!