“The Notion of Relativity and Interspace in Composition”
Room 266, Everson Hall
Onur Türkmen is a Turkish composer who is known for his innovative use of Turkish music instruments and makams. His recent works also focus on interconnections between poetry, drama and ritual in order to create spiritual transformative environments for performers and audiences. His pieces has been performed by many different ensembles at the Schleswig Holstein Festival, Maerz Musik Festival, ISCM, the German Historical Institute International Musicology Congress, MUSMA, Kreuztanbul, Istanbul Music Festival, the Mediterraneus Project, and for China-Turkey Communication Concerts, among others. He is currently working on two new pieces for Klangforum Wien/Hezarfen Ensemble collaboration and a song cycle for violinist/soprano Diamanda La Berge Dramm.
Türkmen contributes to the European Research Center’s five-year project “Beyond East and West: Developing and Documenting and Evolving Transcultural Practice” with his compositions, lectures and articles. He is an assistant professor at Bilkent University’s Faculty of Music and Performing Arts in Ankara.
Free, a Valente Lecture