The following compositions for piano and I began to work on them when Nezih Erdoğan asked me to accompany silent films that were shot in the former Ottoman lands in the late 1890s. They were gathered from various film archives around the world. After the screeings I continued to develop these pieces apart from the films. But the feelings of the images stayed with me in shaping the melodic lines. The Lost Istanbul for example is not about a city that no longer exists, but it is about people I have seen in the images who no longer live.


Lost Istanbul-for piano.

Silver Moon- for piano.

Montenegro- for piano

Soldiers on train-for piano

Balkan Women-for piano

Streets of old Cairo-for piano

Migration-for piano

Vertical-for violin and prepared piano

Primary-for violin, cello and piano

Subordinate and flute improv- for tape. The instruments are cello, piano, flute and electronics

Tranquility-for kalimba and synthsizer

Istanbul Do/Redo/Undo-a tape composition for a documentary film. It uses field recordings of Istanbul, synthesizer, prepared piano and electronics.

Earth- a tape composision. It uses field recordings of Freiburg, spoken text and electronics.

Far away- for theater. A tape composition uses inside piano.

Scream! for theater. A tape composition uses inside piano.

So close-for theater. A tape composition uses inside piano, clarinet and electronics.

Margins of Istanbul-for an installation. It uses field recordings of Istanbul and synth.

I am scared-for choir and piano.

Aegidium at the Parvis de Saint Gilles- a tape composition. It uses prepared piano.


Circle of Bb- for three saxophones, voice, prepared piano and live electronics.  The piece is based on Bb and its overtones.


Mathnawi (Mesnevi)-for spoken voices, cello, ney and video, based on a poem by Jalalu'ddin Rumi from the book of Mathnawi.  The poem is in Persian, and translated into Turkish and English. The video consists of Persian text and the modified images of the Whirling Dervishes.

Available on ‘Electroacoustic Music Ensemble of Brooklyn College’ CD (Year 2000).


Epicentre- for tape alone uses processed percussion instruments and oboe.  It was created after a personal experience at the August 1999 earthquake of Istanbul.


Available on ‘Electroacoustic Music Ensemble of Brooklyn College’ CD (Year 2001).


Istanbul - a tape composition representing a 24-hour period

of Istanbul compressed into 8.5 minutes.   The piece was created from field recordings of the city beginning at 5:30 AM with the morning call to prayer.  This call is repeated five times, each time from a different part of the city.


Available on ‘Electroacoustic Music Ensemble of Brooklyn College’ CD (Year 1999).

  

Al-Datma-for two voices and prepared piano, based on a

tale of Princess Al-Datma and Prince Behram from the book of "The Thousand and One Nights".


Ink-Dark Moon -for three voices, cello, percussion and live electronics, based on a Japanese Haiku of the same name by Izumi Shikibu.


Silver Moon - for saxophone, prepared piano and live electronics.  Each section has different live signal processing for each instrument.  The three sections of this piece were based on a Japanese Haiku by Ryusui.


Available on ‘Electroacoustic Music Ensemble of Brooklyn College’ CD (Year 1997).

    

Performed at the Brooklyn College Electro-Acoustic Music

Festival in 1995 and at the Roulette in 1996.


From There to Here- a three movement piece for piano and

violin. It was influenced by Turkish rhythmic and folk music elements.

 

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Based on the stories and find recordings from Diyarbakır, Istanbul, Berlin and Brussels.

 

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