Artists in Conversation: Murat Ferhat Yegül, Monday 14th December 2020

Our next ‘Artists in Conversation’ talk will be held on Monday 14th December 2020at 6 PM (GMT) with Neyzen Murat Ferhat Yegül. The talk that will take place next week will have a particular focus on Murat’s journey with the Ney instrument, and the Turkish music culture. The talk will be moderated by composer, improviser and sound artist Jan Hendrickse.

Artists in Conversation
Guest Speaker: Murat Ferhat Yegül (Ney)
Moderator: Jan Hendrickse
Date: Monday 14th December 2020
Time: 6 PM (GMT)

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Neyzen (Ney Player) Murat Ferhat Yegül graduated from the Ney Department of Konya State Conservatory in 2005. He then worked as a Ney Lecturer at the Music Faculty of Erciyes University before moving to the U.K. He has taught Ney at SOAS and Yunus Emre Institute in London. He has also been an innovator in adapting the trombone to play in a Classical Turkish micro-tonal style.

Jan Hendrickse is a performer and composer. He studied flute at the Royal College of Music, holds an MA in sound art from University of the Arts London (LCC) and is currently completing a PhD in composition. He has been teaching at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama since 1991 and is a visiting lecturer at a number of other Higher education institutions including Trinity Laban Conservatoire. He has studied Turkish Ney with Kudsi Ergüner, Ömer Erdoğdular and Murat Ferhat Yegül.

His own work often crosses boundaries of social practice, performance, installation and composition and has been commissioned by Töne festival, Deptford-X, Soundwaves, CHROMA ensemble. He has developed projects for the Barbican Centre, the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Proms, amongst others, as well as leading education and performance projects in Tanzania, Gambia, Thailand, Gaza and the West Bank.

As a performer, he has appeared with a wide range of artists and ensembles including Howard Shore, Ornette Coleman, Nitin Sawhney, David Toop, Mark Fell, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Ulster Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. As a traditional woodwind specialist he is in demand for film soundtrack recordings, and features as a soloist on The Lord of the Rings, The Passion of the Christ, Apocalypto, Troy, Two Brothers, Beloved, The Cell, Chocolat, The Truth about Charlie, Four Feathers and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory amongst many others. Jan has been the presenter of the BBC Internet broadcast journey The musical Nomad which researched music and culture in Central Asia in the post-soviet period. His research into collaborative practice Trans-cultural Arts Practice is published in The Reflective Conservatoire (Ashgate/GSMD) and he has been a research associate at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he teaches MMus students. His research interests include freely improvised music, site-specific and socially-engaged practices.

About the ‘Artists in Conversation’ series:

‘Artists in Conversation’ is a series of talks featuring notable contemporary artists, exploring the classical and traditional arts and crafts of Turkey.

Some would agree that the works of art are the cultural richness of a society, civilisation and culture; the manifestation of collective knowledge and societal values in various forms. While the traditional works of art represent mainly the values of civilisation in general, in modern times art can also express the artist’s more personal interpretation of his/her perception and understanding of life and beings For example, the traditional Turkish-Islamic art can be seen as a sacred practice of discovering the beauty in creation. The ultimate goal is attainment of God’s pleasure and the reflection deep into the human souls. With its modern form, art can also emerge as abstract reflections of emotions, thoughts, interpretation of life or indeed the artist questioning their very perception of life itself.

Today, we can observe an increased interest in traditional Turkish-Islamic art. However much interesting facts and rituals remain unknown and unspoken about. Each talk will explore the path of a different artist, who will provide an insight into their experience and thoughts shaped by their individual area of art.

This talk forms part of the Artists in Conversation Series organised by Yunus Emre Institute in London and Leighton House.

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