The second panel of the New and Newest Music Festival will focus on the permeability of new music as a genre and the contemporary theoretical perspectives in the field. Moderated by Michael Ellison, the online event will explore new music’s inclusive diversity which leaves space for ambiguity, its affiliation with various art disciplines, and the conceptual questions related to contemporary practices. The panel, realised with the participation of Alper Maral, Onur Türkmen and Tolga Yayalar, will offer a comparison between global and local practices and invite new lines of enquiry for researchers interested in current approaches and applications.
The event will be in Turkish.
Zoom ID: 921 5948 5799
Approximate duration: 60 minutes
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The events will be recorded.
Event durations may vary according to participants’ contributions.
The music of Michael Ellison, composer and lecturer at the University of Bristol, seamlessly integrates contemporary and traditional influences into a unique and personal idiom. His first opera Say I am You – Mevlana (Rotterdam Operadagen and Istanbul Music Festival, 2012) broke new ground in transcultural music by integrating Turkish traditional instruments into contemporary music – a direction his second opera, Deniz Küstü (Istanbul Music Festival, 2016, Jones/Tanbay/NOHlab) extended. Ellison’s works have been commissioned and performed by BBC Symphony Orchestra, Acht Brücken Festival, Radio France, Grenoble Festival, New York Youth Symphony, Siemens Foundation, and Nova Chamber Music Series. He is the co-director of Hezarfen Ensemble and the principal investigator of the European Research Council project “Beyond East and West: Developing and Documenting an Evolving Transcultural Musical Practice”.
Alper Maral completed his MA and PhD in composition, audio design and musicology following his undergraduate degree in political science and international relations. He received his doctorate in musicology with a thesis titled “Music within a Society Shaken by the Misfortunes of the New World Order”. In addition to being one of the founders of Ankara Music and Fine Arts University, he has assumed teaching and administrative posts at several universities, namely Yıldız Technical, Istanbul Bilgi, Bahçeşehir, Galatasaray, Marmara and Sabancı, for over 20 years. As a composer, performer and lecturer, Maral contributes to the accessibility of contemporary music at numerous events both in Turkey and abroad, and the reinforcement of the relationship between music and society.
Onur Türkmen is a composer whose work centres on two concepts: “hat”, contemplations on the makams and instruments of Turkish music; and the “ritualistic drama” that focuses on the interconnections between poetry, drama and ritual. Türkmen was selected as the Composer of the Year at the 8th Donizetti Classical Music Awards in 2018. His compositions have been performed by various ensembles at international music events, including Schleswig Holstein Festival (2011), Maerz Musik Festival (2013), ISCM (2012, Belgium), Schiermonnikoog Festival (2018), Bristol New Music (2020), MUSMA (2012), Kreuztanbul (2009), and Istanbul Music Festival (2008). Having studied composition at Berklee College of Music (BA) and Istanbul Technical University’s MIAM (MA and PhD) with Pieter Snapper and İlhan Usmanbaş, Türkmen is the collaborator of the European Research Council Project “Beyond East and West: Developing and Documenting an Evolving Transcultural Musical Practice”. Türkmen continues to work as assistant professor and assistant dean at Bilkent University’s Faculty of Music and Performing Arts.
Tolga Yayalar’s musical practice includes works in chamber and orchestral music. His artistic oeuvre centres around the idea of creating a sonic experience with a sound world which goes beyond stylistic conventions. Yayalar received his undergraduate degree in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music in 2000, and a PhD in composition from Harvard University in 2010, studying with Chaya Czernowin, Julian Anderson, Brian Ferneyhough, Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Helmut Lachenmann. Since then, he has been an assistant professor of composition at Bilkent University where he also serves as the chair of the Music department. Tolga Yayalar’s music has been performed by ensembles and soloists such as Le Nouvel Ensemble Modern, Ensemble FA, Hezarfen Ensemble, Musica QuLacoza, Platypus Ensemble, Earplay, Chamber Players of the League/ISCM, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Adorno Ensemble, Samuel Z. Solomon, Mari Kimura and Garth Knox and at festivals such as BeethovenFest, MaerzMusik / Berliner Festspiele, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival and Mediterranean Contemporary Music Days. He is the recipient of awards and honours, such as Donald Aird, Adelbert Sprague, Blodgett String Quartet Composition Prize, George Arthur Knight, Millennium Chamber Players, BGSU New Music Ensemble Competition, and the League of Composers/ISCM awards.