Composer: Emil Kuyumcuyan
Instrument: Marimba with Tape
As a child or adult, I have spent unforgettable times around the Mediterranean coasts or on the prince islands of Istanbul. During the covid time, I had enormous longing or in german "Sehnsucht" for the sea. So I started to hear the piece as a journey, along the coasts around the waves, people, and cities. It is like an imaginary journey and returning to the same haven to share the stories.
The marimba solo and tape play together and complete each other rather than the tape being in background accompaniment. I had a Turkish pop influence that I grew up with, and it evolved more to the IDM world (intelligent dance music) that I like to listen to and produce. So I always wanted to combine marimba with those sound worlds.
I had immense fun during the composing process; I hope you will also have it while playing!
Marimba (5.0 Octave) with Tape
About the composer +
Percussionist Emil Kuyumcuyan was born in Istanbul. He has Armenian, Greek, African, and Croatian roots. Emil, tours internationally as a solo percussionist, as a soloist at Les Percussions de Strasbourg, as a guest performer with ensembles including Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestre Nationale de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Opéra de Paris and in numerous collaborative projects spanning a wide range of musical genres including contemporary classical chamber music, original compositions and music theatre. 2019 saw the debut of his first audio-visual piece entitled ‘ISTANBUL I the roots’
As an acclaimed percussionist, Emil won first prize at the "Tromp International Percussion Competition“, one of the most renowned percussion competitions. His other accolades include a first prize win as a soloist at the "Stockholm International Music Competition” and prize win for his trio “Talking Drums” at the "International Percussion Competition Luxembourg". He has also received grants and scholarships from organizations like Yamaha Foundation Europe, Deutschlandstipendium, Kunststiftung Baden-Wuerttemberg, Nguyen Thien Dao Scholarship, Adami, and the Alfred-Toepfer-Foundation. In 2016 he was awarded the DAAD Prize (German Academic Exchange Service).
As an active composer, he has received commissions from the IPEA Competition Shanghai and the Philharmonie Cologne (KoelnMusik).
Following his musical education under Turgut Mehmet Sökmen at the "Mimar Sinan Istanbul State Conservatory", Emil Kuyumcuyan studied in Germany with Marta Klimasara, Klaus Dreher, Juergen Spitschka and Harald Loehle at the "Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart" and subsequently with Jean Geoffroy at "CNSMD Lyon" in France.
Emil Kuyumcuyan gives masterclasses internationally and has shared his artistic expertise with institutes such as "Emesp São Paulo", "Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow", "Gnessin Institute Moscow", and his alma mater in Stuttgart. Since 2021 he teachs at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) as visiting tutor in snare drum.
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