Cross - Atlantic Soundscapes

Gamze Kantarcıoğlu Hasan Yavuz May 2014

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.

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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.