Cross - Atlantic Soundscapes
TURKISH PIANIST SEDA RÖDER IS PERFORMING AT THIS YEAR’S ASPEKTE MUSIC FESTIVAL, ONE OF SALZBURG’S MOST ELITE EVENTS. SHE TALKS TO US ABOUT THE FESTIVAL AND HER MUSIC.
Q:How did you get started in music?
A:I come from a musical family so I’ve been involved in music since I was small. I was ten when I entered the piano department at the Conservatory, and I gave my first concert with an orchestra when I was thirteen.
Q:How would you describe your music?
A:In the widest sense, we could say that it’s electro-acoustic avant-garde. My music starts from the idea that all the magical sounds we hear as we go through life can be music. It’s all in how you look at it.
Q:What is your relationship with Turkish music?
A:I follow the contemporary trends especially very closely. Thanks to the New Music Istanbul platform I’ve created, I’m in close touch with young musicians and composers in Turkey. I try to support them as best I can.
Q:Was the title of your “Listening to Istanbul” album inspired by the Orhan Veli's poem?
A:Yes. Approximately 60 years after poet Orhan Veli, I too closed my eyes and I listened to the modern sounds of Istanbul, where I was born and grew up and came under its spell. The result was an energetic album of works by six young composers.
Q:What can you tell us about the Aspekte Music Festival?
A:The Aspekte Festival has been one of the leading venues for contemporary art in Europe for 35 years. The heart of contemporary music beats in Salzburg during this 4-day, biennial festival when musicians from around the world flock in. I too am coming to listeners at the festival with a concert called “Transatlantic Soundscapes”.
Q:You were born in Turkey, you studied in Austria and Germany, and you’ve lived in the U.S. for a long time. Which culture is your music closest to?
A:It’s inevitable of course that my music is a synthesis of different cultures since I’ve lived abroad for such a long time. But however far away I may be, deep down in my heart Turkey is always the place I feel closest to.