IDIL ATAC
b. 1989

KAMP, 2015

for voice, recorder and tape



Idil Ataç. Born in 1989 in Istanbul, Idil started studying piano in 1995 at Istanbul University State Conservatoire. She graduated from the Royal College of Music, London in 2014, having studied Composition. Same year, she went as a trainee to IRCAM, Paris. Since then, Idil has been working more on electronic - electroacoustic music.


TURGUT ERCETIN
b. 1983

Le Spectre, 2013

voice, recorder and objects

Turgut Erçetin A native of Istanbul, Turgut Erçetin was born in December 15th, 1983 and studied composition with Pieter Snapper at the Center for Advanced Music Studies (MIAM), Istanbul Technical University between 2007-2009. Since fall 2009 on, Turgut Erçetin participates in the Graduate Program for Composition at Stanford University in California to work with Brian Ferneyhough as his advisor and further focus on computer music at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). Additional researches include a musical analysis that focus on the music of Brian Ferneyhough where Ercetin conducted a research at Paul-Sacher Stiftung in September 2011. He participated in the summer program of Centre Acanthes in 2012, with workshops led by Phillipe Manoury, Luca Francesconi and Thierry De Mey. Renowned quartets such as Arditti Quartet and The JACK Quartet have performed his music. One of his recent works, String Quartet No.1 “December”, which was composed for string quartet and live electronics, has been nominated for The International Gaudeamus Prize (2012). His music has been performed at festivals such as Manifeste (Paris), Gaudeamus (Utrecht) and MaerzMusik (Berlin). His solo piano work, Drifting through the Echoes of Time was featured in the first album of new music pianist Seda Röder and mentioned in journals such as Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. His upcoming projects include a large ensemble piece for Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Elision and Neue Vocalsolisten of Stuttgart. He recently finished his new piece, Deng, for Berlin based ensemble Adapter.

 


ZEYNEP GEDIZLIOGLU
b. 1977

blank blank blank blank, 2002
for solo voice

Born in Izmir/Turkey, Zeynep Gedizlioglu studied composition with Cengiz Tanc in Istanbul, She studied with Theo Brandmüller in Saarbrücken, Ivan Fedele in Strasbourg and Wolfgang Rihm in Karlsruhe in addition to music theory with Michael Reudenbach..She received scholarships from the Elisabeth and Bruno Meindl Foundation (2003), from the Saarland Education Ministry (2004), the ‘Landesgraduiertenstipendium’ scholarship (2005), the Wolfgang Rihm Scholarship of the Hoepfner Foundation (2008) as well as a scholarship from the Baden-Württemberg Art Foundation (2010). In 2005 she won the Grant-in-Aid Prize of the Franz Liszt Scholarship in Weimar. She participated in the International Summer School for New Music in Darmstadt and in Centre Acanthes with her own compositions. She was in residence at the electro-acoustic music research center Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique IRCAM in Paris (2010-2011). Between 1994 and 2000 she wrote pieces for various theatrical works. Her compositions were performed at international festivals like ‘Grenzenlos-Kulturelle Begegnung mit der Türkei’ in Berlin, ‘Rendez-vous Musique Nouvelle’ in Forbach, ‘Mediterrane Neue Musik Tage’ in Istanbul, 'MITo Settembre Musica' in Milan, ‘Estovest’ in Turin, ‘Musica’ in Strasbourg, ‘ISCM World New Music Days’ in Goteborg, 21.and 22.European Cultural Days in Karlsruhe, Maerz Musik in Berlin, Beethovenfest in Bonn, Eclat in Stuttgart, Wien Modern in Vienne, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik in Witten and at the Salzburg Festival i.a.; her works have been broadcasted on radios such as the SR2 Kultur Radio, Acik Radyo Istanbul, TRT3, TRT2, Radio France-France Musique, SWR2, SRF2Kultur, hr2-kultur and Ö1 ORF and published on CDs. Zeynep Gedizlioglu works with the soloists of the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg and of the Navarra Symphony Orchestra, with the Orchestre National de Lorraine, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienne, Istanbul University State Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, ensemble recherche, Accroche Note, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Oenm, Klangforum Wien and the Arditti Quartet who have premiered many of her works. In 2012, she won the Ernst von Siemens Composers’ Prize. http://www.zeynepgedizlioglu.com/

Photo: Manu Theobald


ERCIN KAYA
b. 1980

Three Connections, 2015

for tenor and recorders

Composer, performer, teacher Erçin Kaya, was born in 1980 . He studied at D.e.ü state conservatory (piano construction PBA), Bilkent University Music and Performing Arts Faculty (theory and composition BA) and Amsterdam Conservatory (composition MA~) with Elhan Bakihanov, Füsun Köksal, Mahir Cetiz, Theo Leovendie, Richard Ayres, Willem Jets. He attended to masterclasses of Klaus de Vries , Stefanno Bellon , Brain Ferneyhough, Kamran Ince, Giya Kanchelli. His music was performed in Holland , England, Italy and Turkey by Nieuw Ensemble, Espiga Quartet , Baskent Quartet, KK Chamber Ensemble, Bilkent Youth Choir at festivals and organisations, such as Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival , Gaudeamus Music Festival , KK Chamber Music Festival, etc. He has awarded to Roslyn Lyons Scholarship , Swellinck Foundation Scholarship, Bilkent Universty Scholarship. He has composed music for Theaters, Films and Modern dance. Jazz, rock, minimalism, contemporary music ,visual arts and painting are the fields that he expresses himself. Now he is performing and composing as freelancer in Istanbul.

 


REUBEN DE LAUTOUR
b. 1969


Piteous Rodents, 2013

voice, recorders and electronics

New Work, 2017

New Zealand-born Reuben de Lautour is a composer, audio-visual artist and record producer living in Istanbul. He teaches courses in composition, computer music, audio-visual arts and sound engineering at ITU-MIAM. His instrumental music has been performed by artists such as Evelyn Glennie, the Nash Ensemble and the New Jersey Symphony. In Istanbul his work as a composer has included collaborations with Burhan Öcal and members of the Zeynep Tanbay dance company. Recent credits as record producer include the critically acclaimed debut album by Istanbul rock trio "Neyse," and Turkey's 2011 Eurovision song. Before moving to Istanbul in 2003, he studied music composition with Paul Lansky and Steven Mackey at Princeton University, where he was a Fulbright scholar. He also holds degrees in music composition and piano performance from the University of Auckland.

 


MEHMET CAN ÖZER
b. 1981

Lament, 2013
voice, recorders and electronics



Mehmet Can Özer was born in 1981. His professional career started when he was accepted to Bilkent University FMPA composition division with full scholarship. He’s studied composition and orchestral conducting with Bujor Hoinic. After graduating, he was accepted to Conservatoire de Genève for both electroacoustic and intrumental composition divisions. There he’s worked with Michael Jarrell and Rainer Boesch. Later he’s studied in Zurich HMT with Gerald Bennett. In 2005 he moved to Turkey and took a job in Baskent University as a Lecturer. He took part in the Halici-Midi Composition Competition (1998), Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (2003 and 2007), received the Goethe Institute Artist Award (2006) and SWR Experimental Studio Grant (2008). He has performed in several international festivals such as Bourges (France), AudioArt (Poland), Remusica (Kosovo), Busan Biennale (Korea), Pyramidale (Germany), Acousmania (Romania), SMC (Greece), Generator (Switzerland), Electro-Globe (Belgium), Create (USA), EMUfest (Italy), Ankara International Music Festival (Turkey), Granada Festival (Spain), Estoril Festival (Portugal), DE:Sonanz (Macedonia) and Apparat (Denmark). Apart from being commissioned at home, he received commissions from I.M.E.B. (France), Musiques-Recherches (Belgium) and EMS (Sweden) and has been invited from their studios to realize a piece. In 2005 he has started electroacoustic music concert series in Ankara and organized many concerts up to 2007. In 2008, he received a commission by Goethe Institute for Ernest Lubitsch’s silent movie “The Oyster Princess” and gave improvised concerts through Turkey. In 2009, first electroacoustic music CD in Turkey “Siyah Kalem’s Dance” has been released. In 2010, he has been commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Vienna) for "The Morning Line" sound pavillon and by Visisonor Foundation (Amsterdam) for his "Siyah Kalem" project. Currently he is working on his software "Asure" and giving concerts with it. Mehmet Can Özer's instrumental compositions also played in various places and he continues to write for both instruments and electronics. Currently he is a lecturer in Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory.


STEFAN POHLIT
b. 1976

Love is my Religion, 2013
countertenor and recorders, text: Ibn Arabi


The Religion of Love, 2011
countertenor and recorders, text: Ibn Arabi

Stefan Pohlit was born in 1976 in Heidelberg and studied Composition and Music Theory in Saarbrücken, Basel, Lyon, and Karlsruhe, in particular with Wolfgang Rihm, Sandeep Bhagwati, and Peter-Michael Riehm. In his microtonal language of extended harmonic relationships, he explores multi-dimensional inner spaces that he directs through the logical drama of large-structural tensions. Since 1999, he has become more and more active as an intercultural expert of Middle-Eastern musics. As the winner of two awards by the prestigious Heinrich Strobel Foundation and thanks to numerous scholarships, he was able to complement his artistic research also in ethnomusicology and oriental studies, including many sojourns in the Islamic world. In his publications and lectures, he has been participating in international debates on intercultural and microtonal music. In 2011, he completed his PhD (with an internationally recognized study on the tuning system of the French qanun virtuoso Julien Jalâl Ed-Dine Weiss) at the research center MIAM of the Istanbul Technical University. In 2008, he equally worked at the Ankara State Conservatory in the rare position of a “foreign expert” and conceived a new course program in contemporary music. Pohlit's works have been performed at international festivals by leading ensembles, such as, among others, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Ensemble, and the Stadler Quartet. He currently serves as faculty member of the State Conservatory for Turkish Music, Istanbul.

 


ADAM ROBERTS


Dark Matter, 2015

for tenor/countertenor and recorders



Adam Roberts’ music has been recently performed by ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, the JACK Quartet, le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Callithumpian Consort, Earplay, fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, the Association for the Promotion of New Music, violist Garth Knox, Guerilla Opera, and at festivals such as Wien Modern (Vienna), Tanglewood, the Biennale Musique en Scene (Lyons), and the 2009 ISCM World Music Days (Sweden). Awards for Roberts’ music include the Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, the Bernard Rogers Prize (Eastman), the New York Bohemians Prize (Harvard), the André Chevillion-Yvonne Bonnaud Prize from the Orléans Piano Competition, the Earplay Donald Aird Award, the Christoph and Stefan Kaske Fellowship from the Wellesley Composers Conference, the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship from the Tanglewood Music Center, the Bldodgett Prize (Harvard) as well as other academic scholarships and awards. Commissions have come from the Callithumpian Consort, the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, pianist Nolan Pearson, the Tanglewood Music Center, Guerilla Opera, and others. Roberts’ music has been called “a powerful success,” “arresting,” and “amazingly lush,” (theBoston Musical Intelligencer), “an attractive mix of the familiar and exotic,” and “otherworldly” (Boston Classical Review), and “invigorating” with a “persistent melodic urge” (American Academy of Arts and Letters citation). Roberts obtained a Bachelor’s degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music in 2003 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2010. Roberts also studied at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna from 2007-2008 on a Harvard University Sheldon Traveling Fellowship. Roberts’ primary teachers have included David Liptak, Augusta Read Thomas, Julian Anderson, and Chaya Czernowin, and he has also studied with Steven Stucky, Martin Bresnick, Bernard Rands, Joshua Fineberg, Magnus Lindberg, and Rand Steiger. In addition, Roberts has had lessons and masterclasses with composers such as Brian Ferneyhough, Helmut Lachenmann, John Adams, John Harbison, Lee Hyla, Alvin Lucier, and Jonathan Harvey. Roberts has taught at Harvard University and Istanbul Technical University’s Center for Advanced Studies in Music. Roberts’ first disc, “Leaf Metal,” was released on Tzadik Records in January, 2014. http://adamrobertscomposer.com/

 


MEHMET ALI UZUNSELVI
b. 1980

Asta Tushmaq, 2013

voice and recorders

Pollaple Roes, 2017
voice and recorders


Mehmet Ali Uzunselvi was born in Istanbul in 1980. He’s a pianist and composer. He started his musician life, first with trombone, and then he played percussion. Gradually, he changed his way to the piano and composition on his musical journey. He studied orchestration with Hasan Uçarsu, counterpoint and fuga with Özkan Manav at the M.S.G.S.Ü Conservatory. Also he studied composition with Wolfgang Rihm at the Mozarteum Salzburg. His works have been the played in United Organization. In his works of art, the composer evaluates many of the music traditions from Middle East to Far East’s besides the gaining’s of modernism, especially with the instruments of the musicians. The composer, who uses advanced instrument high technique in his works, evaluates the microtonal sound material both within the light of the modernism of west and within the frame of the modal wisps in the music traditions of the east.


MURAT YAKIN
b. 1977

I am your Child, 2013

voice and recorders



A graduate of the Istanbul Technical University Center for Advanced Music Studies (MIAM), and the University of Memphis, Murat Yakin worked with Pieter Snapper, Reuben De Lautour, Hasan Uçarsu, and Kamran Ince. Yakin’s compositions make ample use of electronic resources such as pre-recorded samples and real-time signal processing. These compositional methods and electronic sound worlds are also reflected in his acoustic compositions. His music received performances at many leading contemporary music festivals world-wide, such as the New Music Concerts in South Africa, the Ctrl-Alt-Del and Divertimento music festivals in Istanbul, as well as the Imagine Music Festival and the New Sound Concert Series in the US. Currently, Murat Yakin serves as an Assistant Professor for Composition at the Baskent University in Ankara.

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