LIVING IN ISTANBUL
Konzert / Performance
Sa, 17.05.2003, 19:30
Sammlung Essl - Großer Saal
The Erdem Helvacioglu Project
- Erdem Helvacioglu: electric guitar, kemenche, sampler, beats, laptop
- Korhan Erel: keyboards, beats, sampler, percussion, live processing
- Esin Uslu: vocals
In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Festival musik aktuell, dem Radioprogramm Ö1 und dem Magazin jazzzeit.
Die vom Komponisten und Sound-Designer Erdem Helvacioglu gegründete Liveformation fusioniert elektroakustische Texturen und elektronische Beats mit authentischen Volksweisen, vermischt diese mit Ambientsounds aus dem Istanbuler Alltagsleben und würzt diese neo-orientalische Melange mit Soundtracks türkischer B-Movies. Die daraus entstehende Musik erscheint als eine Collage unterschiedlichster Stimmungen, Erfahrungen und Traditionen.
The Erdem Helvacioglu Project (Istanbul)
composer, sound designer, arranger
Erdem Helvacioglu was born in 1975, Bursa, Turkey. His musical career started during his high school years by playing electric guitar. He was initially a part of many Istanbul-based rock and jazz bands. In time, he began to get more interested in electronic music and contemporary classical music. During his university years, he began to shape his own style in electroacoustical music.
Helvacioglu is a multi instrumentalist, playing guitar, keyboard, bass, ba_lama and other Turkish instruments. His music is a combination of intriguing ambient electroacoustic textures, processed sounds of various Turkish instruments, and adventurous harmonies and programming of synthesizers. This original and inspirational style, has received very positive comments from highly accomplished composers of electroacoustic music, like Peter Batchelor, Pete Stollery, Jon Welstead and Karlheinz Essl.
He has mainly worked with Ken Valitsky, whose compositions were played by Kronos Quartet , and well known American electroacoustic composers like Pieter Snapper and Mark Wingate at the Istanbul Technical University where he is still continuing his masters degree on composition and sound engineering.
Three of his pieces “Nemrut”, “Living in Istanbul” and “Journey to the broken dream” have had their world premiers, in ITU concert hall, Istanbul. The piece “Living in Istanbul” was among the finalists of Luigi Russolo Electroacoustic Competition 2001. He got the 3rd prize for his composition “Blank mirror” at Luigi Russolo Electroacoustic Competition in 2002. In 2001 he received the “Best Performance Award” in the 6th Roxy Music Competition, with his electronic band HAZ.
Among his other working areas are theatre, film and other performing arts. He has composed and produced numerous pieces of music, all of which have been used in various movies, plays, dance performances and installations. In April 2003, “Locustmusic” from Chicago will be releasing a project of his.
In the meantime, he is composing new pieces for installations and video-art at biennials as well as music for chamber orchestras with tape and live processing.
Updated: 3 Mai 2003