ARDA YURDUSEV

IMG_0626Arda Yurdusev began his musical journey by playing classical guitar from an early age before starting his composition studies. Recently, his string quartet “Senri” featured among selected compositions from Turkey within German media. His quartet piece “Komorebi” which combines classical Turkish and western instruments was premiered by NK Ensemble and published in the album “Lahza”. His trio “Life in Every Breath” premiered by Black Pencil Ensemble in Turkey and featured in Amsterdam within the past seasons.

Arda has attended various masterclasses by well-known composers such as Mark Andre, Bruno Mantovani, Ken Ueno, Eun-Hwa Cho, Laurie San Martin, Ulrich Kreppein, Mahir Cetiz, Shih-Hui Chen, Tolga Yayalar, Onur Türkmen, Hideki Kozakura and Stefan Pohlit. He has worked with ensembles such as Black Pencil Ensemble, Hezarfen Ensemble and NK Ensemble.

After being in the production side of music, in 2015 he was accepted to the Theory and Composition program in Bilkent University Faculty of Music and Performing Arts. Since then he has been studying composition with Yiğit Aydın.

As a composer, his interests include (but not limited to) combining contemporary art music with various musical elements from different cultures though timbre-based sound worlds.

SEYYAH III“ FOR ENSEMBLE (2019) PROGRAM NOTES

Seyyah represents a three-part orchestra piece with each installment, focusing on a different orchestration and concept that in the end; forms the basis behind the idea of Seyyah. By definition, Seyyah is the ancient Arabic word dedicated to a traveler, a voyager. They used to be explorers of unknown realms, merchants of leading trade routes and writers of many diaries that shine light on uncharted lands. These travelers often lacked the sense of belonging to a certain place and had trouble identifying with a certain society. Due to constant exposures to different cultures, I have also lived with this problematic from the very beginning of my youth and as a result, it shaped my character as someone without the sense of attachment to any society or place; which you may also call as a Seyyah. Within each installment, one can find a different piece of my sound world. In a way, one might see the Seyyah trilogy as my musical auto-biography.

Written for an ensemble of 7 players, Seyyah III  finalizes the trilogy. The piece finds its core within the imperishable work of the Persian mathematician, astronomer and poet Omar Khayyam; The Rubáiyát. The quote below which is taken from this work represents the essence of the trilogy, therefore is the final step on the path.

click for score of „Seyyah III“ for ensemble