This project systematises practical processes essential for the creation of a new, East-West strand of contemporary music and opera. Its tripartite approach of workshop-ethnography-theory combining with public events will offer a new model for transcultural praxis, while opening a door to the world for deeper understanding of Turkey’s exquisite musical traditions. Workshops and public performances--culminating in a team-authored book and the premiere of two chamber operas--will map out entirely new ways of bridging respective cultures, with the aim of creating music not of East or West, but simultaneously above and beyond both.
Examples from different schools of ud performance in relation to right-hand technique with Münir Nurettin Beken
Glissando on the ney with Bülent Özbek
Excerpt from workshop on uşşak makam led by Michael Ellison
The characteristic style of kaval performance in the city of Bolu, Turkey with Serkan Şener
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This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant no. 648810).