Marc Sinan Oğuz Büyükberber duo CD on ECM

Marc Sinan Oğuz Büyükberber duo CD on ECM

Marc Sinan Oğuz Büyükberber - White

Available on May 18th!

Marc Sinan’s third ECM release is an evocative duo album with Oğuz Büyükberber which subtly covers a lot of ground.  The guitarist and the clarinettist have worked together in many contexts since first meeting in Istanbul a decade ago, and Büyükberber previously appeared on Hasretim: Journey to Anatolia, released in 2013, as well as in Sinan’s music-theatre piece Komitas. The individual musical directions of the two players have effectively converged from opposite poles: Marc was trained as a classical guitarist in the western European tradition, but has increasingly been drawn to improvisation and Turkish material, while Oğuz started out with Turkish music and jazz before exploring free improvisation and contemporary composition.  For White, both musicians provide new music.  Sinan’s five-part “Upon Nothingness” incorporates his musical response to recordings of songs of Armenian prisoners deported to Germany during the First World War.  These historic field recordings are woven into the fabric of Sinan’s pieces, which also make liberal use of electronics, blurring the distinction between the real and the surreal. Oğuz Büyükberber also contributes a series of linked pieces, “There, I-V”, in which both musicians improvise around predetermined pitch sets.  White was recorded in Oslo’s Rainbow Studio in October 2016 and produced by Manfred Eicher.

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Off Monk

  Off Monk

NEW CD BY OĞUZ BÜYÜKBERBER QUINTET

Celebrating 100th birthday of Thelonious Monk, in “Off Monk”, I aimed for deconstructing his compositions while respecting their soul and history. I feel grateful to have explored this idea with my new quintet featuring Tolga Tuzun, Çağlayan Yıldız, Can Kozlu and Tobias Klein, who have been with me in my musical journey for decades.

I see this recording session as a ritual that'a dedicated to this great master whose work is the reason why I became a musician. And the other inspirational spirit who's invited to this ritual is of course none other than Eric Dolphy!

XY

XY

FOR 2 PLAYERS, VIDOE AND LIVE ELECTRONICS

EUROPEAN PREMIRE BY DUO X AT STEIM ON JUNE 18

The main  inspiration for this piece is the theme of home. The title "XY" refers to coordinates of a moving or static point: where home is, where it isn't, and where we are in our relationship to it. It investigates the possibility of continuity, a sense of connectedness through our lives even though each event may seem isolated.