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Mübadele/??ta??a??: Remembering a Human Catastrophe Through Music

Friday, April 20, 2012
12:00 AM
University of Michigan Museum of Art - Apse

A new cantata by Recep Gul concerning the 1923 Greco-Turkish Forced Population Exchange.

In his new cantata, Recep Gul revisits a tragedy from the past: the Greco-Turkish Compulsory Religious Population Exchange of 1923. Inspired by Turkish, Greek, and Western musical traditions, this piece will be a first for bringing together Greek and Turkish experience in a Western musical setting. Drawing text from testimonies, folk songs and folk poetry of immigrants, the piece vividly displays the stories of two women—one Orthodox Christian, one Muslim—uprooted from their lands and forced to leave their homes. Recep Gul was born in 1982 in Samsun, Turkey. He started his musical career in Turkey and conducted Bogazici University Classical Music Choir, sang in various choirs, and founded an a capella jazz group with which he released the first a capella jazz album in Turkey. He received his master’s degree in composition from Istanbul Technical University’s Center for Advanced Studies in Music, studying with Pieter Snapper and Kamran Ince. His music has been performed in new music festivals and concerts in Turkey, Germany and the United States by ensembles including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 he was awarded both the Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and the Institute for the Humanities Graduate Student Fellowship at the University of Michigan. He is currently a fellow at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities and in April will receive his DMA degree in composition from UM where he studied with Bright Sheng, Paul Schoenfield, Evan Chambers, Kristin Kuster, and Erik Santos. This program is co-sponsored by the U-M School of Music, Theatre, and Dance; the Institute for Humanities; the Modern Greek Program; and the U-M Museum of Art.