A Journey To North


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Arda Yurdusev began his musical journey by playing classical guitar from an early age. During these years, he developed an interest in different cultures from all around the world. Recently, his string quartet “Senri” featured among selected compositions from Turkey within German media. His quartet piece “Komorebi” which combines classical Turkish and western instruments was premiered by NK Ensemble and is going to be published in the album project “Lahza” and featured in Turkish National Radio within 2018-19 season. His trio “Life in Every Breath” premiered by Black Pencil Ensemble in Turkey and featured in Amsterdam within the past season.

He has attended various masterclasses by well-known composers such as Mark Andre, Bruno Mantovani, Ken Ueno, Laurie San Martin, Ulrich Kreppein, Mahir Cetiz, Tolga Yayalar, Onur Türkmen, Hideki Kozakura and Stefan Pohlit. He has worked with ensembles such as Black Pencil Ensemble, Hezarfen Ensemble and NK Ensemble.

After being in the production side of music, in 2015 he was accepted to the Theory and Composition program in Bilkent University Faculty of Music and Performing Arts. Since then he has been studying composition with Yiğit Aydın.

As a composer, his interests include (but not limited to) combining contemporary art music with various musical elements from different cultures though timbre-based sound worlds.

This project is inspired from ancient Celtic poems that mainly focuses on Nordic landscapes. The language is based on old Irish and Welsh. As a result, poems are from different sources and geographic areas. Some of the sayings are arranged from different poems and combined into one for a miniature where as some are taken directly. Translations of the texts are taken from 2004 book of Francesco Benezzo titled Landscape Perception in Early Celtic Literature.

This piece focuses on five poems; either as a hole or arranged from different sources. Each poem has its own miniature (1-3 minutes) and tells the story of it through the music. Lines of the poems are the only criteria for musical form and the construction of the miniatures. The music is a reflection of the poems and the image of the sound world that it creates within me.

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