Presentazione del violino turco, il Kemençe. Con Yelda e Neva Ozgen 28/09/2019 at 12:30 in Sala Zelioli Lanzini
Kemençe, "The Turkish Fiddle"
Breve conferenza sul "kemenche" e sulla musica turca "Makam"
Tanburi Ali Efendi:
"Suzidil Saz Semaisi" (Neva Ozgen, kemençe solo)
"Distance", for kemenche and cello (Neva Ozgen, kemençe and Yelda Ozgen, cello)
"Ziyad", for kemençe and cello
Tanburi Cemil Bey:
Neva Özgen, kemence
As the daughter of highly respected Turkish classical musician Ihsan Özgen, Neva Özgen was born in Ankara in 1977 and grew up in Istanbul surrounded by Turkish classical music and jazz. Perhaps as a means to carve her own path, Neva's first expressed interest was in Western classical music and the flute. She learned to play both soprano and alto flutes but soon after entering the Istanbul Technical University Conservatory she switched to clarinet. It wasn't long before her interest in Turkish Classical music overtook her interest in Western classical traditions and she decided to study the kemençe, an instrument integral to Turkish classical music.
Ironically, it was during this period that her father began to experiment and pursue his interest in jazz and other forms of music. While her father, and main influence, Ihsan Özgen focused on playing experimental, cross-cultural, jazz pieces and taksims (improvisations). Neva has deeply immersed herself in the works and taksims of Tanburi Cemil Bey.Like many kemençe players in Turkey today, she aims to continue the tradition established by Tanburi Cemil Bey which was passed on to her father. Ihsan Özgen's influence on his daughter cannot be underestimated and Neva Özgen can be considered a student of what is recognized as the 'Ihsan Özgen school' of Turkish classical music. She has accompanied him in performances of Turkish classical music in Europe, in the United States and Turkey and as Ihsan Özgen moves on to explore more experimental forms of music. She has already played on two recordings, Aegean and Balkan Dances and Masterworks of Itri and Meragi, by the Turkish classical Anatolia Ensemble which her father led for many years. Neva Özgen is also featured on a recording titled Women Composers and Performers of Turkish Classical Music. Truly her father's daughter, she believes in searching for new idioms through playing with the classics and that all new musical languages are built upon the foundations of the past. Legacy, which is released in September 2001 by Golden Horn Records, is Neva Özgen's debut album. She is an assistant of professor in Istanbul Technical University Conservatory.
Yelda Özgen, cello
Born in Ankara, Yelda Özgen studied cello, chamber music and orchestra at Istanbul University State Conservatory. She graduated from Mimar Sinan University, Department of Mathematics, in 1996 and continued her cello studies with Reyent Bölükbaşı at Istanbul Technical University (MIAM), graduating with a master’s degree in 2002. Özgen has given a number of solo and chamber music concerts, and played in Cemal Reşit Rey Symphony Orchestra and Enka Sinfonietta. As a member of the Anatolia Ensemble, she took part in various festivals in Turkey and abroad. Özgen is also featured on two CD’s, “Ege ve Balkan Dansları” and “Itri ve Meragi” with the same ensemble. As a member of the Aşkın Ensemble, Özgen has performed in several venues. In 2009, Özgen completed her Doctorate Degree in Music at MIAM. She is now teaching cello as an associate professor at Istanbul Technical University Turkish Music Conservatory and working as the director of the Istanbul Technical University Dr. Erol Üçer Center for Advance Studies in Music (MIAM).