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Integrating Turkish SIGNED

Beyond East and West: Developing and Documenting an Evolving Transcultural Musical Practice

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EC-Contrib. €






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Project "Integrating Turkish" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙000˙000 €
 EC max contribution 2˙000˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2021-07-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL UK (BRISTOL) coordinator 1˙834˙423.00
2    BATH SPA UNIVERSITY UK (BATH) participant 159˙462.00


 Project objective

For composers in Turkey today, the urge to integrate the beauties of Turkey’s rich musical heritage into contemporary concert music has become almost an imperative. But differences in tuning, texture, and between oral and notated orientations to performance have presented seemingly intractable obstacles. This project systematises practical processes essential for the creation of a new, East-West strand of contemporary music and opera. It initiates cutting-edge research workshops in Istanbul, Holland and the UK to: 1. Train top-level traditional instrumentalists and singers in Turkey effectively to perform a new repertoire; 2. Train top professional Western singers in non-Western techniques and nuances of vocal production; 3. Develop approaches for modelling such music's impacts on Turkish and Western musicians’ adaptive processes in rehearsal and performance, and diverse audiences’ perceptions of such music; 4. Create an ensemble interface (including newly designed instruments) to increase capacity for merging sounds beyond levels now achievable; 5. Produce groundbreaking studies on timbre to provide new insights into how sound is produced; 6. Establish a new template for mapping Eastern and Western tuning systems onto one another. This research, together with an orchestration manual for Turkish sounds will comprise the core of a published (CUP) team-authored e-book, Integrating Turkish Instruments and Voices into Contemporary Music (ITI), with included audio and visual examples linked as an online resource. Looking further, this project’s multi-modal, transdisciplinary approach also suggests a model for probing how the ‘free play’ of the imagination (Kant) possible within processes of art and its creation can provide metaphors towards understanding one of the most urgent and compelling issues of our time: how to transcend cultural barriers (real or imagined) that exist today.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2015 Michael Ellison
Deniz Müziği (2015) (Sea Music)
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
65535 Michael Ellison
Elif (2003/revised 2016); For kanun, kemençe, violin, bass clarinet, cello. (11’)
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2016 Michael Ellison
Light into Shadows (2016)
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2018 Michael Ellison
Derivations (2018) for viola and kemençe (also cello-kemençe version).
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2016 Michael Ellison
Gesture in poetry, movement and music: Approaching the total artwork through Sufism in Say I am You and Deniz Küstü (The Sea-Crossed Fisherman)
published pages: 217-241, ISSN: 2051-7076, DOI: 10.1386/dmas.3.3.217_1
Dance, Movement & Spiritualities 3/3 2020-02-21
2017 Michael Ellison, Composition. Simon Jones, Libretto/director. Zeynep Tanbay, choreography. NOHlab, video performance. Premiered June 11, 2016, Istanbul Music Festival, Hezarfen Ensemble, Gwion Thomas, Robyn Allegra Parton, Damian Thantrey, Louise Innes, Adam Green, Michael Rafferty, conductor. Including ney, kanun and kemençe, and Turkish percussion, with Hezarfen and Western voices. Based on 1978 novel of Yaşar Kemal. (75’)
Deniz Küstü - The Sea-Crossed Fisherman (2016)Total Music Theatre in four scenes
published pages: 339 p., ISSN: , DOI:
Istanbul Music Festival 2020-02-21

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