ARTISTS

Hezarfen Ensemble Musicians

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Every concert by Hezarfen Ensemble is an adventure.  Internationally recognized for its performances of contemporary music, it is above all the energy and vitality of this Istanbul-based group which has brought Hezarfen increasingly widespread recognition as the ensemble enters its sixth season.    With signature projects ranging from trio (Word and Sound) to interdisciplinary chamber opera (Deniz Küstü and Say I am You) and Music of Displacement, the impact of Hezarfen on music in Turkey has been profound, changing the face of contemporary music in its home country, while the infectious energy of its performances has brought acclaim for the ensemble in its appearances at festivals across Europe.   Key performances abroad have included MärzMusik (Berlin, 2013),  Rotterdam Operadagen (2012), the Divan project (Berlin and Istanbul, 2018), Klangzeit Festival Münster (2013), Essen Cultural Capital (2010), GHI, Rome (2016) and at the Trieste Prima festival (2015).  At home, Hezarfen regularly appears at the Istanbul Music Festival (2011, 2012, 2016, 2021), Borusan Music House (2010-2020), BAUART & Yapı Kredi (2018), Akbank Sanat (2011), Boğaziçi University (2013), Bilkent Music Academy and New Music Days (2011-2019) Institut Francais (2011), Saygun Centre Izmir (2012), Koç University (2015) and in collaborations with Goethe Institute (2011-2020), Italian, Netherlands and Austrian Cultural Centres (2017, 2012 and 2016-17).  

 

In 2019-2020 Hezarfen will continue its collaboration with Klangforum Wien, conducted by Beat Furrer for the closing concert of New Music Festival Ankara in May 2020. Hezarfen will also make its UK debut, with seven new commissions on a programme featuring makam instruments on Bristol New Music, and in 2020-21 stage the culmination of its landmark ERC Beyond East and West Project, Bin Boğalar Efsanesi (Where-To?), based on the novel by Yasar Kemal depicting the extinction of nomadism and pastoralist cultures, incorporating Anatolian instruments and voices with music by Michael Ellison.

 

PROJECTS

The Sea-Crossed Fisherman Opera in four scenes by Michael Ellison

Based on the novel Deniz KÜSTÜ (1978) by YaŞar Kemal

Ağıt with Verse and Images 

A Programme of Contemporary Turkish Music

HEZARFEN ENSEMBLE

Literature as Muse in 21st century composition 

Hezarfen Projects Upcoming 

2018

ERC Workshop Feb.Workshop

MIAM-Usmanbas

15-17 Feb 2018

BilkentString Quartet Residency

Bilkent University

26 Feb-1 Mar 2018

Fallen Angels

 Crumb, Hearne (w. narrator) Kernis

Borusan Müzik Evi

15 March 201821:00

Izmir Trio Concert

Yaşar University

26 March 2018

ERC Workshop April

Turkmen, Özatalay

MIAM-Usmanbas

10 April 2018

Sesin Yolculuğu

MIAM MK Anfisi

5 May 2018

 

Divan of the Continents

Berlin

15-21 Sept 2018

ERC Workshop October

MIAM-Usmanbas

12-14 Oct 2018

Stefan Lienen Kamper Portrait concert

Yapı Kredi Sanat

26-30 Oct 2018

Crossing Borders

 Köksal/Kyria/Alkhouri/ElTurk/Reich

Cologne Küpe

16 Nov 2018

Stefan Lienen Kamper Portrait concert

Berlin

21 Nov 2018

Divan of the Continents

Bahçeşehir University

5-7 Dec 2018

2019

ERC Workshops February

MIAM-Usmanbas

17 Feb 2019

Bilkent Academy

Bilkent University

6-10 March 2019

MIAM Composers Workshops

MIAM-Usmanbas

4-5 April 2018

 

ERC Workshops April

MIAM-Usmanbas

5-6-7 April 2019

ERC MV Voice Conference

Comprovisation with Sandeep B, 

MIAM-Usmanbas

10-13 April 2019

Escher Chronicles

Borusan Müzik Evi

16-20 April 2019

 
 

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