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New call for applications: Ottoman Music Seminar

Bîrûn. Ottoman Music Workshops

Director: Kudsi Erguner

Music of the courts: from Herat to Istanbul

27 March-1 April 2017 Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice

Call for application for eight scholarships. Deadline for application: 15 January 2017

From 27 March to 1 April 2017, the Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, is holding the six edition of Bîrûn, a series of advanced workshops on Ottoman classical music, directed by Kudsi Erguner, and addressed to professional or semi-professional musicians.

Based on the modal system of the maqâm, Ottoman classical music has been enhanced by the contributions of Turkish, Arab, Persian, Greek, Jewish and Armenian composers who all flourished in the territories of the empire. Considering Ottoman classical music as an “ethnic”, regional or national tradition would be misleading, since it represents a taste and an art shared beyond cultures of provenance in much the same way as European classical music. The aesthetics of Ottoman music is the result of influences that range from Byzantium to the Middle East, Central Asia and India.

The theme of this year’s Bîrûn seminar will be that of the court music of Khorasan and, in particular, that of the works of the composer Abd-al Qader Marâghî (1360?-1435), unanimously considered the maestro and inventor of different musical forms.


Scholarships The Fondazione Giorgio Cini, thanks to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, is offering eight scholarships for singers and instrumentalists who will then form an ensemble at the workshop. Instruments particularly requested are: ney (flute), ûd (short-necked lute), tanbûr (long-necked lute), kanûn (plucked box zither), kemençe (bowed box-shaped lute) or yayli tanbûr (bowed long-necked lute) and percussions – def or bender (frame drums), zarb (goblet drum) and kudûm (drums). For this particular repertoire, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini is looking for more than one singer.

The scholarships will cover the enrolment fee, accommodation (in the Vittore Branca Center Residence ), lunches (but not dinners) and travelling expenses (in economy class up to a maximum of 400 euros).

To apply for selection, candidates must send the following material to the workshop secretary by email (birun@cini.it) before 15 January 2017:

      • CV with details clearly referring to the type of instrument applied for (e.g.: voice; ney; etc.);
      • 1 recording in mp3 format of a piece of Ottoman music;
      • 1 improvisation (taqsîm) including various modulations of different maqâm

Candidates are required to be able to read European art music notation and to study the proposed repertoire beforehand; they will receive it in good time before the beginning of the workshop.

NB each file must bear the first name and surname of the candidate.

Scholarship winners and auditors* will be chosen by Kudsi Erguner.

The results of the selection will be communicated to all candidates by email and published on www.cini.it.

As in previous editions, if the quality of the recordings are deemed to be of suitably high standard, a CD will be produced with the Nota Edizioni label.

*Candidates who are selected but not assigned a scholarship can take part in the workshop as auditors and can stay at the Vittore Branca Center Residence at their own expense (depending on the availability of rooms).

Info: birun@cini.itwww.cini.it – Tel. +39 0412710357

Download here the application form