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Hezarfen Ensemble: Makam21

Saturday 25 April
St George's Bristol, 20:00 — 21:45

Hezarfen Ensemble burst onto the Istanbul music scene in 2010, bringing contemporary music to Istanbul’s rich musical landscape. Tonight they perform no less than seven world premieres, all inspired by the melodic tradition of makam that can be heard widely across Turkish, Central Asian and North African regions. Seven very different Turkish composers interpret the makam soundworld through an ensemble including ney, kemençe, and kanun as well as western classical instruments, resulting in a truly authentic transcultural palette of sounds.

Onur Türkmen Kurşundan* (of lead) WP (2019)
Bushra El-Turk New work* WP (2020)
Mahir Çetiz New work* WP (2020)
Çengiz Eren Luftschloss Passacaglia* WP (2019)
Yiğit Özatalay Var mı Yok Mu? (Is there or isn’t there?) WP (2018)
Yiğit Aydın Post-makam New work* WP (2020)
Tolga Yayalar Penumbrae* WP (2020)

(WP: World Premiere)

Hezarfen Ensemble

Hezarfen Ensemble burst onto the Istanbul music scene in 2010, bringing the performance of contemporary music to Istanbul’s rich musical landscape while providing a much-needed platform to the many superb composers of the 21st century Turkish composing scene. On the heels of works such as Onur Türkmen’s Hat for kemençe and ensemble (Berlin’s Maerz Music, 2013), and Ellison’s Mevlâna-Say I am You (Rotterdam and Istanbul, 2012) two major works investigating the combination of exquisite Turkish makam sounds, Hezarfen in 2015 began a sustained effort towards transcultural endeavor, beginning its five-year Beyond East and West transcultural music initiative. More